Yesterday brought talent from continent after continent to Madison both at the Willy Street Fair as well as the Terrace. Thankfully Willy Street was included this year, especially after a tough summer with the neighborhood being torn to pieces to replace the main thoroughfare. Nevertheless the voice of Brazil, according to NPR, gave a vibrancy unlike anything the vendors or merchants could provide with a peek into the neo-samba world of São Paulo. In case you didn’t know, her music was also used to promote Rio to the Olympic Committee, thus helping land the 2016 Olympics. This time around the Midwest, compared to the last time I saw her in Chicagoland last fall, she debuted a good gathering of new songs, including several in English, before wrapping up a great encore that entices the ears past Lero-Lero.
Later on in the evening, Sergent Garcia moved from Willy Street to the Terrace. A bit more intimate and inviting than Plan B’s parking lot, the talented musicians from Latin America, France and elsewhere drew the smaller crowd into a whirl with salsa and reggae. I hadn’t seen the guys before other than a music video-which didn’t do their performance justice. It was far, far more entertaining than expected going in with long improvisational interludes and dips where the song cuts back, improv, then returns. A completely exhilarating way to end the evening; trumpets, trombones, accordions, keyboards, bongos, and all.