A musical caravan from Minas Gerais, Brazil will highlight the tenth annual Samba Fest, taking place on Saturday, May 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford, CT. Rain or shine, the show will go on.
But first, there will be sneak preview at the Hartford Public Library, 500 Main Street, on Thursday, May 5, at noon, featuring artists coming directly from Minas Gerais, the Gilvan de Oliveira Trio and the Afro-Brazilian pop band Banda Brother Camarada.
The Samba Fest lineup includes Ginga Brasileira, Sambeleza, Sambusa Band, Grupo Ghettos, Conjunto Antillano featuring Ray Gonzalez, Hartford Steel Symphony, Hartford Hot Several Brass Band, Trinity Samba Ensemble and Trinity Steel.
Produced by Trinity College in in partnership with Riverfront Recapture, Samba Fest is supported by the Hartford Arts Heritage & Job Grants Program, Luke Bronin, Mayor; the Consulate General of Brazil in Hartford, the Secretary of Culture of Minas Gerais; and Trinity College (Austin Arts Guest Artist Series, Department of Music, and Center for Urban and Global Studies Arts Initiative).
Samba Fest is free and open to the public. For directions and parking information, visit sambafest.com. For general information, call 860-297-2199.
Samba Fest can be heard live on WRTC 89.3 FM radio.