Bands’ ability to get you on your feet can’t be beat |

Bands’ ability to get you on your feet can’t be beat

What a night Friday, June 1, promises to be. Take the musical managerial mastery of Mikhail Graham and Rick Mckenzie – formerly from Cooper’s and now expanded into the family friendly Miners Foundry – mix in two headliner festival bands -Albino and SambaDa – and you have an event that I have had circled on my calendar with anticipation for two months.

I have seen both bands, which have been a source of lifetime memories. Each band sells out at the Ashkenaz Music Center in Berkeley in a community known for its music; they are that good.

During the Whole Earth Festival in Davis a few weeks ago, Albino, known as the West Coast’s premier Afrobeat band (it won the 2005 SF Music Award for Best World Music), headlined on Friday night with strong horns in jazz African mixes, all backed up by elaborate costuming and fire dancers on the side. Kind of like Mardi Gras meets 4th of July.

The following day SambaDa took to the stage, playing nonstop percussion-driven, Brazilian-roots music to a packed field in the hot sun. It was one of the rare times I ever saw a crowd periodically sing along in chorus and move in unison, arms in the air. The multiple drummers, samba thronged feathered dancers and lead singer doing some acrobatic Capoeira (a mix of martial arts and break dance moves on stage) made me think I was at Brazilian carnival. An hour-and-a-half later, the crowd was dripping wet, massaging sore legs but blissfully happy from the Tarantella-like dance experience.

Rumor has it that members from Raca Em Movomento, the local Capoerira group with a school in Grass Valley, will also make an appearance.

Take your nap and vitamins and get ready to dance Friday at Miners. See you there!


Rich Oberleitner is a local chiropractor (gv-, drum fiend and health and dance teacher ( whose lifelong passion is integrating and celebrating health through the arts (vitalfes


Editor’s note: The AfroBeat-Brazilian Groove Fest Dance Party, starring these two bands, starts at 8 p.m. at the Foundry, 325 Spring St., Nevada City. Tickets at the door are $15 general and $10 under 20 and over 65. Contact (530) 470-9615; and for more

information. An interesting thing about this performance is that there will be no intermission to break the dancing, as the two bands will alternate sets seamlessly. Nice choice of food and beverages, too.

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