A large dance band mashing up pop-soul and infectious Brazilian beats
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pmDoug Fir Lounge
$10.00 - $13.00
This event is 21 and overhttp://www.dougfirlounge.com/event/1849457/
POPgoji is a large dance band mashing up Brazilian rhythms with pop-soul lyrics based in Portland, Oregon. In 2013, percussionist Michael Galen wanted to build on the vibrant energy of local samba jam sessions (pagodes) by making it easier for non-Portuguese speakers to participate fully. With this intention in mind, he rallied a group of versatile musicians to combine Brazilian rhythms with American Pop-soul. POPgoji was an instant hit in the samba community and quickly grew to a wider audience as a staple dance band in Portland. POPgoji has evolved to be the go-to world pop-soul band at NW festivals and events including: What the Fest!, MAI Fest, and Oregon Country Fair. POPgoji’s core members are Michael Galen, Renata Austin, Peter Fung, Pyatã Penedo, and Michael Dougherty. POPgoji has featured special guests including: Massamba Diop (Baaba Maal), LaRhonda Steele (Portland’s First Lady of the Blues), Brian Davis (Pink Martini), and Dudu Fuentes (Batucalacatuca). POPgoji released their debut album, Extended Play, on June 30, 2018. Produced by figure8sound, the album showcases the band’s iconic sound with a selection of fan-favorite originals and covers.
Grupo Masato is a Portland-based band that plays highly dance-able music from South America. Highlighting the Chicha music that grew out of the late 1960's where Andean flute music in Peru mixed with Cumbia rhythms from Colombia and were transformed by electric guitars, Fender spring reverb amplifiers, and the discovery of surf music and psychedelic rock. Chicha music gets its name from a powerful liquor made from fermented corn and pineapple skins. It is uniquely Andean, merging mountain folk melodies, Cumbia rhythms and surf guitar twang into something that is as intoxicating as the beverage it's named after. Grupo Masato explores and celebrates this music with a powerful show that will make you want to dance. No specific dances to learn, so the music is accessible for anyone that shows up and wants to dance.