This weekend, you can learn how to dance the samba, play a popular Brazilian tune on the guitar or taste Brazil’s national dish -- feijoada -- a stew of rice and beans.
The third-annual Colorado Brazil Fest begins Thursday and runs through Sunday evening at various Boulder venues including eTown Hall, Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place, Boulder Theater and Boulder Beer.
Hosted by Boulder Samba School -- a nonprofit that promotes Brazilian culture in Colorado -- the festival is a four-day celebration of Brazilian dance and music. It features live performances from both Colorado and Brazilian artists, dance and music workshops and food vendors serving authentic Brazilian fare.
One of the headlining acts is the Boulder-based musical ensemble Ginga.
The group is comprised of six Colorado musicians: Greg LaLiberte (flute, saxophone, percussion, backup vocals), Francisco Marques (lead vocals, cavaquinho -- a small, string instrument), Bill Kopper (guitar), Raoul Rossiter (percussion, backup vocals), Carl Dixon (percussion, backup vocals) and Victor Mestas Perez (keyboard).
The band's members possess deep roots in Brazilian music and have been playing together for nearly a decade.