“Four ways you know a band is awesome:
1. You take off your shoes and dance barefoot at North Star Bar.
2. You don’t feel the need to drink a single drop of alcohol all night.
3. You have to dance the limbo to avoid getting hit in the head with a slide trombone.
4. You want to sign up for drumming lessons when the night is over .”
PhillyBloco is modeled after the blocos of Rio de Janeiro, with their large percussion sections and harmonic/vocal accompaniment. Our group is comprised of twelve drummers, electric guitar, bass guitar, vocals, horn section, accordion, and Brazilian dancers. The group performs a raucous mash-up of SAMBA, FUNK, REGGAE and more made popular by both Brazilian and non-Brazilian artists including: Olodum, Timbalada, Monobloco, Bob Marley and Stevie Wonder. The one constant in all of our music is a heavy percussive element (12 drummers!) that we use to explore the tremendous range of Brazilian rhythms, applying our own unique creativity and energy to each arrangement.