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.


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.
  • 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!!

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!


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 (
$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.