STEVIE WONDER GOES to BRAZIL with POPGOJI and GUESTS
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, Hans Barklis, Pyatã Penedo, Michael Dougherty and Kanda M’benza N’goma. 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). Tonight they put a Brazilian spin on the Stevie Wonder songbook and are joined by an array of Portland’s finest talent including Tony Ozier and Arrietta Ward!
2845 S.E. Stark
Portland, OR 97214
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