Forro in the Dark...
Forro in the Dark

Brazilian group Forró In The Dark kicks off MoMA Music: BRAZIL, a month of musical performances in MoMA's Sculpture Garden, on July 2.

MoMA Music: Brazil is part of the MoMA Thursday Nights program, in which the Museum stays open until 8:45 p.m. every Thursday in July and August. Visitors can view MoMA's collection and special exhibitions, and enjoy live music and tapas in the Sculpture Garden. July's musical program features Brazilian rhythms ranging from samba to bossa nova and forró. The series is presented in conjunction with the film exhibition Premiere Brazil 2009 (July 16-August 3), which introduces New York audiences to original and accomplished films by Brazilian filmmakers. Music sets will be performed at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m.

Forro in the Dark just played a few tour dates opening for Apostle of Hustle. Those included a June 10th show at the Bowery Ballroom and a June 13th show at Maxwell's. In addition to the MoMa show, the band is scheduled to play a free show at the Stuy Town Oval on July 8th and a day show at the Brooklyn (BKLYN) Yard on July 11th with Nation Beat. Tickets to the July 11th show are on sale. Check out a poster for it below.

As usual, the band is at East Village spot Nublu every Wednesday (though you might want to call ahead to make sure).

Full lineup for the MoMa Thursday nights and all Forro tour dates, below...

MoMa on Forro in the Dark

Forró in the Dark starts with the dance form of forró, digs deep into the sounds of northeastern Brazil, and draws on other musical currents from the world over. Whether singing about Rastafarianism, Robin Hood, or the roda circle of capoeira, in English, Portuguese, or Spanish, the four Brazilian New Yorkers in the group charge every note with a palpable energy. The band features Mauro Refosco, zabumba and vocals; Davi Vieira, percussion and vocals; Guilherme Monteiro, guitar and vocals; Jorge Continentino, pífano, baritone saxophone, and vocals.

MoMA Thursday Nights - 2009 Schedule
Jul 02 - Forró in the Dark
Jul 09 - Zé Luis Quartet
Jul 16 - Adriana Calcanhotto
Jul 23 - Davi Vieira presents Hip Hop Axé, an Afro-Pop-Brazilian Sound
Jul 30 - Romero Lubambo
Aug 06 - Min Xiao-Fen's Blue Pipa Trio
Aug 13 - Hu Jianbing and Bao Jian
Aug 20 - Music from China
Aug 27 - Margaret Leng Tan
(all shows 5:30 pm--8:45pm)

Forro in the Dark

Forro in the Dark - 2009 Tour Dates
Every Wed night at Nublu - New York, NY
July 02 @ MoMa - New York, NY
July 08 @ Stuy Town Festival - New York, NY, 7pm
July 11 @ Brooklyn Yard w/ Nation Beat - New York, NY, 2-9pm
July 24 @ FloydFest - Floyd, VA, 1-3am
July 25 @ FloydFest - Floyd, VA, 6:30pm