Brazilian Beats

Artist: Grooversity
Type: Performance
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: K-12
Scheduling Request

Acclaimed percussionist, educator, activist and Grooversity maestro Marcus Santos leads an ensemble of drummers and dancers in a high-energy survey of Brazilian drumming styles springing from his native Bahia—the original capital of Brazil. As students are introduced to soul-stirring Afro-Brazilian spirituals, to the jazz that virtuosic street soloists make with instruments as humble as plastic buckets, to the thunderous and gleeful drumming of festival marching bands, to the modern sounds of Samba Funk, they will join in the fun with call-and-response chants and funky dance moves. Volunteers will be called upon to get up on stage and help make some music.

Remote Learning Adaptation: Performing live from separate locations with their trademark high energy and call-and-response interaction, Grooversity maestro Marcus Santos demonstrates four styles of Brazilian percussion, while an ensemble member demonstrates the dances they accompany. From their homes or their classrooms, students will sing, chant, move and help keep the beats while learning about the cultural contexts of each style. 

Available for outdoor performances. 

Length: 45 Minutes
Audience Limit: 300 (in-person)
Curriculum Connection: Music, Percussion, Brazilian Music, Brazilian Culture, Street/Festival Music

Remote Single (Live): $700

Single Show: $875
Back-To-Back: $1,485
Three-In-A-Row: $2,100
Four-In-A-Row: $2,710
Travel fee: $75/day

Note: pricing may vary for weekend/out-of-school time

Processing fee of $30 added to all contracts

For hosting on Zoom:



1 reserved parking space
1 vocal mic (connected to sound system)
Large white board (if possible)
Large World Map (If possible)


- Enough space in front of our ensemble to invite 2-3 kids to perform in front of the ensemble.

- Enough space for 3 performers socially distanced

- Sound system

- Power outlet at the performance location outdoors or long enough extension cord.
Friendly note: the more electrical extension cords combined, the weaker the voltage consistency… just like a wifi signal.


Grade levels: K-12
Audience limit: 300
Performance length: 45 minutes
Arrival time before first performance: 30 minutes
Strike time: 15 minutes
Time needed between performances: 10 minutes

Please introduce the performers as a Young Audiences of Massachusetts ensemble.

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