A Brief History
Forro fo Sho began as an outgrowth of the research interests of Brendan Loula. After about a decade of training capoeira and nursing an interest in Brazilian music and culture more generally, Loula's interest in Forro began in earnest after rediscovering the genre in the bowels of the music library of UW-Madison after beginning his MA in ethnomusicology in 2012. Hours of listening to classic forro set the stage for the foundation of a band, and a well worn but functional, red, sparkly accordion on the shelf at St. Vincent De Paul with a $100 provided the push into reality.
A year later, an unnamed forro trio played to a confused group of midwestern Americans at the public library and Dodici cafe in Washington, IA. This initial performance was exhilarating enough to spur a period of refinement, expansion, continued performance, and a couple trips to Brazil for a couple of the founding members. The group, which has a revolving cast of musicians and singers, has performed under the name Forro fo Sho--a nod to the traditional genre, its unexpected presence in the Upper Midwest USA, and the group's sense of humor--since mid 2014.
Today, FFS plays their own unique mix of Northeastern Brazilian music to enthusiastic crowds in Madison, WI, as well as venues in Milwaukee and Southeastern Iowa. Their recent projects have included interpreting other Northeastern genres such as Samba de Coco, Capoeira music, and the Mangue-Bit movement of the 90s for American audiences, as well as Forro-izing popular music mainstays like The Police and Talking Heads. Each FFS show is different, but an underlying sense of fun and excitement is always present.
Brendan Loula - Accordion/Vocals
Alex Siqueira -Zabumba
Whitney Justin - Triangle
Jared Hendrickson - cavaquinho/Percussion
Melissa Reiser - Saxophone
Past (and maybe future?):
Antonio de Souza Junior - Vocals
Steve Strong - Triangle/Percussion
Dasha Walters - Zabumba/Percussion/Vocals
Isidora Miranda - Violin
Luana Monteiro - zabumba/Percussion
Joao Dorea - Zabumba/Percussion