Sunday, May 2, 2010

Alma Tropicalia Brings Brazil Scorchingly to DC9

It was great to see my buddy and old bandmate, Gordie Shaw, dust off my Fender bass (more like tear shreds into it) last Wednesday night with his new band at DC9.

Alma Tropicalia brings the great Brazilian psych-rock sounds of Os Mutantes, Tom Ze, Gilberto Gil, Joao Gilberto, and Caetano Veloso right here to our doorsteps in DC. Every city needs one of these bands.

Alma Tropicalia has perfected the sounds of sunny Rio, even has a mystical and enchanting lead singer named Bebel (just like the aforementioned Joao Gilberto's daughter Bebel Gilberto), and rounds out Gordie's precision and melodic bass with really talented and cohesive accompaniment from the drums, guitar, and keys.

Dancey, trancey, and poppy, this local band really has a little something for everyone. Don't miss the classic Os Mutantes' cover in the video above, "Ando Meio Desligado."


  1. Thanks so much for taking this Paul! Audio came out really, really well. Time for me to invest in one of those flip cams- Matt (Matteo)

  2. Glad you like, Matt. The band was really fantastic! Hope to see you again soon, and have a beer (I kinda popped in and out of DC9 the other night).