From Brazil to Barbados to Bogotá, from Panama to Puerto Rico to Port-of-Spain, the entire Western Hemisphere is gearing up for the best party of the year. It doesn’t matter how you spell it, Carnival/Carnaval/Karnival/Mardi Gras is the signature musical event for some of the richest cultures this side of the Atlantic. The Tropicalismo DJs, Gregzinho and Juanderful, have been mining the rhythms and riddims of Carnival across the Americas for six parties now, along with special guest DJs like Uproot Andy, DJ Rupture, Maga Bo, and DJ Sabo. For the Carnival edition, however, they have brought in the foremost expert on booty-shaking, speaker-busting, costume-jangling bass: Poirier. Hailing from Montreal, where he runs the wild Karnival party, Poirier brings Caribbean fire to the frozen tundra of Québec, blending West Indian polyrhythms with a laptop full of beats and sound FX. Repping soca, dancehall, and MTL’s Haitian kreyol community, Poirier weaves 21st century digital riddims with a Carnival flair.
Poirier – Karnival Mix (short but sweaty — unstoppable dancehall and soca mix)
And if Poirier has the Caribbean on lock, then Alex Shaw and Eduardo Santos are repping it hard for Brazil with a live drumming performance that will shake the walls inside Walnut Room. Alex is the musical director of Philly’s own Alô Brasil, and he knows his way around a tambor like a native. They will be joined by a surprise Carnival dancer in full regalia to really set the mood. Carnaval, Tropicalismo-style!
Tropicalismo: Carnival Edition
Thursday, February 17
Walnut Room, 21+
RSVP CLOSED. SEE YOU TONIGHT!