For those who don’t already know, forró is the hip-swiveling, dancefloor-filling, rural party music of Brazil’s northeastern states. And Forró in the Dark is the collective of New York-based Brazilian ex-pats – Mauro Refosco (zabumba drum and vocals), Guilherme Monteiro (guitar and vocals) and Jorge Continentino (pifano flute, sax and vocals) who are updating this traditional sound for the 21st century.

“In Brazil, forró literally means party,” says Mauro (who also serves as David Byrne, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Tom Yorke’s percussionist). “It’s a gathering, a good time. The objective is to make people dance.” Which is exactly what Forró In The Dark have been doing since 2005 at their weekly residence at East Village nightspot Nublu, where their signature blend of down home forró and urban cool have made them one of the city’s must-see buzz bands. They have also toured extensively in the US, Canada and Europe, supported Gogol Bordello’s North American Tour in October/November 2010 and backed up Stewart Copeland’s recent TROMP percussion ensemble.

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Forro in the Dark has performed at these distinguished festivals and venues - Bonnaroo, Monterey Jazz Festival, Winnepeg Folk Festival, Pohoda (Slovakia), FloydFest, Cedar Cultural Center, Bumbershoot, Musica do Mundo (Portugal), Lake Eden Arts Festival, Shepherds Bush Empire & La Linea Festival (London), All Points West, Halifax Jazz Festival, WOMAD Canary Islands (Spain), Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Lotus Festival, Ariano Folk Festival (Italy), Montreal Jazz Fest, Grand Bazar & Babylon (Istanbul) and many, many more.

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