Whenever I hear samba music I’m overcome with the urge to dance. And even though I do a so-so job faking the samba, it’s been my experience that samba musicians and dancers are just happy to spread the good vibes.
This past weekend I was over the moon when I encountered the Acadêmicos da Ópera at the downtown farmer’s market. I went for breakfast tacos and stayed for the show. As a former marching band geek, I can’t help but become hypnotized by percussion and so I had to fight the sensation to march in time as the musicians walked into the park. They played and danced continuously for nearly an hour in the February drizzle and made me especially excited for the upcoming “HONK!TX Festival of Community Street Bands.” So here’s a bit of Brazilian cheer to kick off the week!