4th of july!

please get ready for 4th of july parade in evanston!

only 2 more wednesday bateria rehearsals left (the 21st and 28th) @ SRBCC 7:30-9pm.  4048 w. armitage.  most likely will be performing all numbered breaks (1-6) thumb break and baiana.  bateria members will need an EEDS shirt, white pants/shorts, pleasant attitude, and appropriate swing feel.

working on scheduling another rehearsal with the dancers.  TBA.

trying to finalize our theme with “evanston’s heroes are america’s heroes: our first responders.” the bateria is going with a fireman theme.  a few surprises are in store.  will need to assemble on central street in evanston at our assigned location at 12:30 pm.  parade is at 2 pm.  we are working on a 5 pm post-hang gig and celebration.

#boom

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Carnaval 2017

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Announcing EEDS Carnaval 2017!

May 5th, 7-10pm, Irish American Heritage Center (4626 N. Knox Ave.)

We will also be having 2 workshops (May 3rd & 4th) with Mestre Jorge Alabê
$25 each, Cash only at door, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage Ave.)
RSVP here: Workshop 1 (May 3rd), Workshop 2 (May 4th)

Tickets for May 5th: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (Cash Only)
$10 for children 7-12 — Children 6 and under are free!

Buy your tickets here!

Evanston Ethnic Arts Festival 2016

Hello Sambistas!

Our gig is Sunday July 17th at 12 pm!  Dawes Park!  1700 Sheridan Road, Evanston.  #Boom

call time is 11 am.  white pants and EEDS shirt.  If you do not have a shirt e-mail reedflygt@gmail.com with your preferred size.  the samba van is leaving SRBCC (4048 w. armitage) around 10:15 am with room for 11 people, drums, coolers full of water and more, and great friendship!  contact reedflygt@gmail.com to reserve a spot in the van.  title the e-mail “samba van confirmation request.” right now i have spots for kelson, sergio, gloria, eudald, and michael covington.

REPERTOIRE: Last Rehearsal is this Wednesday July 13th 7-9 pm.

-Rio Style Samba with the appropriate Swing Feel

-Breaks 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.

-Jorge Break “Butterfly”

-EEDS classic break “All of Shoulder”

-Baiana and Gerais Break (Gerais Break, Gerais Mangueira, Gerais 12 – 8)

all tracks here (https://soundcloud.com/evanston-escola-de-samba/tracks)

musically yours!

FREE Class in January at EEDS

Winter is finally here, which means it’s the perfect time to warm up by hitting the drums with EEDS!

Throughout the month of January we are offering FREE classes as part of our preparations for Carnaval 2016. Carnaval is always our biggest event of the year and we want to get as many people as we can playing, dancing, and singing along!

During this special session we If you are new to EEDS this is the perfect opportunity to get started. You will learn to play the fundamentals of Samba. We will also be learning a samba-enredo (the school’s song for the year) that we will be featured at our Carnaval celebration later this spring.

No Commitment—Drop-in once, or every week—Admission is free

Class is every Wednesday (Jan 6, 13, 20 & 27) from 7-8:30pm
We rehearse at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage in Chicago)

Our first class is TONIGHT (6 Jan) so forget those humpday blues and make your way over to SRBCC and help us keep the tasty beats going!

Please visit the Facebook page for the event for updates, pics, videos, and much more!

Samba on!

UPDATED: October and November at EEDS

Hey Sambistas!

It’s been a great September here at EEDS and we’ve got more awesome music on the way.

A week ago we joined Bateria Quilombola as they performed at the Brazilian Rhythms Festival at the Quilombo Cultural Center. We had a great time with them, special guest Dudu Fuentes, Dill Costa, Luciano Antonio, Heitor Garcia, John Beard, and Capoeira Angola. Thanks to everyone who organized and participated and especially to all the lovely people who came out to hear the music!

After taking this coming week off we have seven more weeks of class this fall! Check out our schedule below:

UPDATE: We have had to move our class start time back 1/2 hour for the foreseeable future. We will begin at 7:30 and go until about 9:15. The schedule below has been updated to reflect this.

30 Sep – NO CLASS

7 Oct –  7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

14 Oct – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

21 Oct – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

24 Oct – Chicago Cultural Mile Halloween Gathering
     Parade at 6pm, Columbus between Balbo and Monroe

28 Oct – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

4 Nov – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

11 Nov – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

18 Nov – 7:30-9:15pm, SRBCC

25 Nov – NO CLASS (Thanksgiving)

December – No regular classes
UPDATE:
2 Dec – Holiday Party – 7:30-TBD
We will meet at the regular time for a short rehearsal and then retire for drinks, snacks and good times!

That’s it for 2015, we will jump back into it ASAP in the new year and then it is full steam ahead until EEDS Carnaval 2016 (Date TBA)!

Workshop (9/18) and Performance (9/19) with Bateria Quilombola and Special Guest Dudu Fuentes

We are getting very excited for samba this weekend!
EEDS has been working with Bateria Quilombola​ to prepare for two great nights of Brazilian music.
Tonight (9/18) there is a workshop with guest artist Dudu Fuentes at the Quilombo cultural center. The workshop runs from 7-9pm, $25.
Then tomorrow (9/19) we have an awesome night of all things Brazilian music lined up at the Brazilian Rhythms Festival! The festival starts at 830pm and runs until 12am, $10 suggested donation.

We’ve all been practicing hard and hope you can come join us for these two awesome events!

Beginner’s Classes at EEDS

We have made some changes to our beginner’s classes this fall:

At this time we are postponing the beginning of regular sessions for the beginners class.
If you are interested in beginners classes please send us an email. Reed will be talking with those who have expressed interest to come up with a time and location that will work best.

The beginners class is designed for those who want to get started playing samba but are looking for a slower paced environment than the rehearsals at our normal Wednesday classes. Also welcome are those who already have been playing samba and are looking to get experience with new instruments before trying them out with the larger group.

GREATEST TIME!!

EEDS 2015

Hello Everyone!!  Thanks again for a great parade!!  I had a blast!!  From my point of view this was the best parade that I have been part of!!  Thank you for that!!  We are getting better every time!!  WOO!!!  Special shout out to Dill Costa for making the dancing so beautiful!!

Huge special shout out for Matt and Lindsay!!  It is sad to say but that may have been their last 4th of july parade with EEDS!!  Hopefully we will see them again!!  We are meeting this wednesday to hang out at SRBCC and organize drums AND SHOWER MATT AND LINDSAY WITH LOVE!!  Please come through.
The rest of the summer:
  • July 8th – Hang Session 7 pm
  • July 25th – 2-4 pm free workshop at The Wire (6815 Roosevelt Road, Berwyn, IL – 60402) and then evening show with Fatbook.  I will be leading an open community workshop for all ages where we will cover some basics and learn an arrangement that we will perform with Fatbook that evening.  More information to be announced.
  • NO OTHER CLASSES IN AUGUST
  • September 2nd – Tentative Start Date for Fall classes!!  YES!!!
  • September 13th (SUNDAY) – Streets Alive performance in Evanston.  1pm.
  • September 17,18, 19  – Workshops with Dudu Fuentes in Chicago (Bateria Quilombola)
  • September 20th (SUNDAY).  Willy Street Parade in Madison, WI.  10:30 am.  Perform with the Handphibians.
 That is it for now!!
ON AND EVER FORWARD!!
-Reed

EEDS Percussion classes will be held every Wednesday

That’s right – after a successful Carnaval, and an awesome workshop with Dana Monteiro of Harlem Samba, our next session of EEDS percussion classes is about to begin. This time we are doing things a bit differently. Instead of breaking up into sessions, we will be having classes every Wednesday from now until July 4th!

class

Dates: Every Wednesday (unless otherwise noted)
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4048 W Armitage, Chicago
Instructor: Reed Flygt
Description: In this class, students will learn Rio-style percussion techniques and patterns in preparation for our major 4th of July Parade. Every week is a drop in – so join us as often as you can. Instruments will be provided! All levels welcome!
If you have any questions contact Reed Flygt (reedflygt@gmail.com).
Cost:
$12 per class OR buy 10 classes for $100 and get a class card that will be marked for each class you take. Pay by cash, check or by credit card on our Paypal Donation Page. If you buy a class card, you will receive it on the first day of class.