Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Samba School in the Street

Following the mayhem on the streets of San Francisco the other night, I was reminded of an evening in Rio two weeks ago where we had the opportunity to listen to some samba under the stars on a short side street in Rio. While it was way more chill and a little bit more pre-planned than the impromptu Giants World Series party, the samba block party was a master study in deploying the least amount of infrastructure to sustain a band of mostly non-electric musicians, a hand full of people grilling and serving refreshments, and a suspended tarp to keep dry as many people as possible. Many people were singing along to the tunes while most were standing around socializing. Either way it is exciting to see a public street so well activated by people with a common interest.

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