On April 14, 2018,

Carroll Café hosts fabulous local, national, and international performers, mostly in the roots and folk traditions, on the second Friday of each month, October through June. It all happens at Seekers Church in Takoma DC. Details about the next show are below. Check out Upcoming Shows for the full schedule. 


Performing a unique mix of Brazilian music from different regions and eras, the DC Choro Quartet specializes in choro or chorinho, instrumental music with intricate melodies and counterpoint, swinging rhythms, and rich harmonies rooted in early-1900’s Rio de Janeiro. The band brings keen musicianship and great energy to Brazilian popular musical genres including samba, bossa nova, and forro, a style from Brazil’s northeast featuring call-and-response vocal lines over a rousing dance rhythm. Showcasing traditional instruments like the seven-string guitar, rebolo (a hand drum), clarinet, trombone, and assorted Brazilian hand percussion instruments, DC Choro brings irresistible Brazilian sounds to the Washington, DC area and beyond.

Andy Connell plays saxophone and clarinet in ensembles ranging from jazz to classical to Brazilian popular music. He has performed with Mike Marshall and Choro Famoso, as well as Bobby McFerrin, Luciano Pavarotti, Lou Rawls, and others. He has appeared at the Savannah Music Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Monterey Jazz Festival, Wintergrass Festival, and Denver Folklife Festival. An ethnomusicologist whose primary research is in Brazilian popular music, Mr. Connell is a Professor of Music at James Madison University.

The first lady of Brazilian music in Washington, DC, Gigi MacLaughlin hails from Joao Pessoa, Paraiba State, in the Northeast of Brazil, the home of forro, baiao, xote, and frevo musical styles. Her repertoire of the greatest hits of Musica Popular Brasileira, samba, and bossa nova is second to none. She accompanies her voice with the distinctive rebolo drum, and performs at the Embassy of Brazil, the Kennedy Center, Strathmore Music Center, nightclubs, and festa juninha and carnival dance parties.

Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, guitarist Richard Miller  teaches music theory and ear training at Columbia University and is the Director of Education Programs for the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance. He has performed for Pope Francis and President Obama, at Strathmore Hall, the Kennedy Center, and New York jazz clubs such as Iridium and BB Kings, and was music director for the Kennedy Center’s production of Olivério, A Brazilian Twist. A long-time practitioner of yoga and surfing, Richard created the Balanced Guitar retreat focused on teaching a holistic lifestyle that will ensure many years of healthy and creative guitar playing. 

Trombonist/vocalist David Sacks has played Brazilian music with the “Girl from Ipanema,” Astrud Gilberto, lived in Brazil, and recorded bossa nova with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Nana Caymmi, and others. On the New York scene, he played jazz and salsa music with Tito Puente, Hector Lavoe, and Celia Cruz, and performed in the Broadway show Gospel at Colonus. He currently plays and sings jazz and Brazilian music widely in the Delmarva area.

Reserve your seat now!

We invite you to enjoy delicious refreshments from the Café
at Carroll Café available before the show and at the intermission.
A changing choice of savories enough for a light meal, topped off with fabulous desserts and beverages, will add to the happiness of the concert experience! Always vegetarian, with some vegan and gluten-free options most months, all lovingly provided by Sandra.

Thank you for your support of Carroll Café.

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