Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Last Saturday night was Carnaval in Madison. The Brasilian equivalent of Mardi Gras, Carnaval is normally celebrated 40 days before Easter as a blow-out party prior to Lent. For a variety of reasons, the party at the High Noon Saloon was postponed until the night before Easter.

Carnaval! at the High Noon Saloon

It was a fabulous night, with demonstrations of capoeira, dancing by Samba de Roda, and then non-stop Brasilian music from The Samba Novistas (they play every Monday night at 8:30 at The Frequency, opening for Clyde Stubblefield), Groupo Balanca, and crowned by a dynamic series of Brasilian music styles from The Handphibians joined by Massamba Dance.

Carnaval! at the High Noon Saloon

The crowd, seemingly at capacity for the venue, appeared to have a great time and didn't thin until closing time drew nigh. Club owner Cathy Dethmers had traditional Brasilian drinks - caipirinhas and mojitos - flowing because she is smart enough to have the limes and sugar muddled in bulk ahead of time (A+ for professional wisdom!).

Carnaval! at the High Noon Saloon

If you missed it, too bad for you. Just stay tuned and keep an ear out for Summer Samba Fest sometime in August. If I have my dates right, The Handphibians will also be playing at the Memorial Union Terrace on May 28th, for free!

Here is a link to a SLIDE SHOW of about 40 of the 530 photos I took that night. Enjoy...

Boa noite e sonhos felizes!

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