Sunday Folklife Picks: VamoLá! Drum & Dance Ensemble, Fox and the Law, and Northern Departure

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VamoLá! Drum & Dance Ensemble. Mural Ampitheatre, 7:30 p.m.

VamoLá aims to recreate "the celebratory spirit of carnival, " and the Brazilian music and dance

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Sunday Folklife Picks: VamoLá! Drum & Dance Ensemble, Fox and the Law, and Northern Departure

  • Sunday Folklife Picks: VamoLá! Drum & Dance Ensemble, Fox and the Law, and Northern Departure

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    VamoLá! Drum & Dance Ensemble. Mural Ampitheatre, 7:30 p.m.

    VamoLá aims to recreate "the celebratory spirit of carnival," and the Brazilian music and dance group will perform as part of Folklife's Brazil showcase, which will also include samba acts Sama Ja and Bacatuda Yemanja. If the above video--taken from last year's Brasilfest at the Seattle Center--is any indication, it should be quite the party.

    Fox and the Law. EMP|SFM Sky Church, 8:30 p.m.

    "Garage rock" may be an overused term and a crutch for lazy music writers (guilty as charged), but it's probably the best way to describe Fox and the Law. The local four-piece--vocalist/guitarist Guy Fox, guitarist Ryan Granger, bassist J-Fai and drummer Danny O'Neil--has a no-frills approach to rock that harkens back to the fuzzier, grimier sounds of '60s. However "garage" connotes a certain amount of sloppiness or musical incompetence, which doesn't seem to be the case here: the sampling of songs on the group's Bandcamp are raw, to be sure, but they're also tightly executed and carefully written. If nothing else, their Folklife set will be a nice contrast to all that samba.

    Northern Departure. EMP|SFM Sky Church, 9 p.m.

    The last time bluegrass quartet Northern Departure played the EMP's Sky Church was during February's Sound Off! finals, and though they didn't win the underage battle of the bands, they certainly stood out. The Renton-based group's lightning-fast picking and four-part harmonies are impressive to watch, and are also indicative of some serious chops: both upright bassist Derek Gray and banjo player Austin McGregor have professional endorsements, though guitarist Chris Luquette and and mandolinist Nick Dumas more than hold their own. For evidence, see the video below:

     
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