Forro in the Dark...
Forro in the Dark

Most of the members of Forro in the Dark hail from Brazil, home of the forro music from which the group derives its name. Though they are purveyors of the Northern Brazilian country rhythms, these days the group has a decidedly New York sound.

According to [percussionist Mauro] Refosco, Forro is a happy, danceable music based on four elements: simple melodies, basic harmonies, driving rhythms and funny lyrics. Those elements are traditionally performed by three instruments: a triangle, an accordion, and a zabumba, a drum pitched somewhere between a low snare and a small bass.

Forro in the Dark differs somewhat from that formula. Instead of the accordion, Jorge Continentos plays the wooden flute called the pifanos, among other wind instruments. They also add various guitars, percussion, and vocals; on their [2006 album Bonfires of Sao Joao], the group brought in the talents of Bebel Gilberto, Miho Hatori and David Byrne. [All Things Considered]

As previously reported, Forro in the Dark is touring with Apostle of Hustle this June. That includes a Bowery Ballroom show on Wednesday, June 10th. Tickets for that are still on sale.

Apostle of Hustle have added more dates to that tour since we posted. Among those is a Saturday, June 13th show at Maxwell's, again with Forro in the Dark co-headlining. Tickets go on sale Thursday, April 30th at noon.

Forro's other upcoming shows include a May "Wednesdays" residency at their NYC homebase (and record label), Nublu (62 Ave C b/w 4th & 5th Sts).

Apostle of Hustle will be at Toronto's Olympic Island Festival on Saturday, July 11th with Broken Social Scene, Explosions in the Sky, Beach House and others. Tickets for that are still on sale. AoH's new record, Eats Darkness, comes out May 19th on Arts & Crafts.

All updated tour dates with videos of Forro in the Dark performing with David Byrne and Bebel Gilberto live at Joe's Pub, below...

David Byrne & Forro in the Dark Live @ Joe's Pub

Bebel Gilberto & Forro in the Dark @ Joe's Pub

Apostle of Hustle - 2009 Tour Dates
5/20/09 - Guelph, ON @ eBar
5/21/09 - Hamilton, ON @ The Casbah
5/22/09 - Peterborough, ON @ Montreal House
5/23/09 - Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox
5/27/09 - Kingston, ON @ Grad Club
5/29/09 - Toronto, ON @ Music Gallery
5/30/09 - Waterloo, ON @ Starlight Room
6/06/09 - Chicago, IL @ Metronome Celebration
6/07/09 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
6/09/09 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Three Rivers Arts Festival
6/10/09 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
6/11/09 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
6/12/09 - Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
6/13/09 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
7/11/09 - Toronto, ON @ Olympic Island

Forro in the Dark - 2009 Tour Dates
May 06 Nublu New York, NY
May 13 Nublu New York, NY
May 20 Nublu New York, NY
May 27 Nublu New York, NY
Jun 10 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY #
Jun 11 Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, PA #
Jun 12 LOOK3 Festival Charlottesville, VA
Jun 13 Maxwell's Hoboken, NJ #
Jul 24 Floydfest Floyd, VA
Jul 25 Floydfest Floyd, VA
# w/ Apostle of Hustle

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