Choro and Forró Dance Night, Friday Aug 2nd

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place, Show starts at 9pm

Tickets pricing: $10 [tickets sale at the door]

On Friday August 2nd, get your groove on to the rhythms of choro and forro from Brazil! Choro is a lively instrumental genre written for guitar, flute, clarinet, and cavaquinho, with the syncopated light percussion of a pandeiro. Then, coming from northeastern Brazil, and played to a happy beat on accordion, triangle, a zabumba bass drum, forró music shares its name with the dance it inspires–which you can learn at our workshop earlier in the evening! Boulder’s Ginga, clarinetist Dexter Payne and special musical guests will get you moving at Shine!

Artist Bios and Videos


Based in Boulder, CO, Ginga plays the sounds of Brazil: samba, pagode, forro, MPB, bossa nova, chorinho, and Brazilian jazz. A Ginga show can span the breadth of moods from ambient listening music to lively dancing and singing, bringing to life the spirited sense of community found in Brazilian music.

Comprised of a unique blend of six talented Colorado musicians and steeped in the study and spread of authentic Brazilian music and culture, Ginga has been dazzling audiences with their energy and musicianship for close to a decade. Whether it’s the magnetizing pulse of a samba groove, the alluring dancing that accompanies or the sheer joy that is infused at every show, Ginga specializes in bringing people together to have a good time.

Dexter Payne Group

The Dexter Payne Quartet first performed in 2005 at Dazzle in support of the release of Dexter’s Inspiration CD, recorded in Brazil. At the heart of it are Dexter and guitarist Bill Kopper in an ongoing exploration of Brazilian music, starting with traditional choro and branching out in every direction. Drummer/percussionist Raoul Rossiter has been there form the beginning with his masterful embodiment of essential rhythms. With alumni like Bijoux Barbosa, Jeff Jenkins and Francisco Marques, and in the micro-climate of Boulder’s Brazil tribe (Boulder Samba School, Ginga, Samba Dende, et al) as well as a return to Brazil, the music continued to grow. In 2008 Thiago de Mello came to Denver, performing with the group in celebration of Payne & deMello’s third CD together. In 2009 the quartet really found it’s sound with the addition of accordionist Dave Willey. The recent arrival of pianist Victor Mestas Perez from Venezuela adds another color to the weave – altogether a fresh listen to Brazilian musical tradition. Live broadcast sets of the group have become staple re-runs at Denver and Boulder community radio stations, and a newly recorded CD is in the works.

“After five sets I was ready to hear more.” Gary Giddins, Village Voice
“a very accomplished musician… and well worth driving a hundred miles or more to hear.”  Jon Jackson, Big Sky Journal

“Payne makes the challenging appear effortless” Bret Saunders, Denver Post