Road Stories Blog

Shanren visits Hanover, IN

By Shigeyo Henriquez

In this post, road manager Shigeyo Henriquez shares more about Shanren’s visit with friendly audiences in the picturesque towns of Hanover and Madison, Indiana.

Shanren in DeKalb, IL

By Emily Anderson. Photos by Shigeyo Henriquez.

Shanren recently completed a tour with Arts Midwest World Fest. They have since returned to their home in China, but the ensemble really left a lasting impression on the Midwest! The next few blog posts will be all about the communities Shanren visited here on their tour. We hope you enjoy learning about their journey.

Paulo Padilha and Group in Wisconsin

By Emily Anderson. Photos by Dean Yohnk and Doug Edwardsen.

Rice Lake, Cumberland, Shell Lake, and Barron gave Paulo Padilha and Group a warm welcome to Northwestern Wisconsin this week. Big thanks to University of Wisconsin Barron County for their work in creating partnerships that have made Arts Midwest World Fest a success in Wisconsin.

Paulo Padilha and Group in Bemidji, Minnesota

By Emily Anderson

Paulo Padilha and Group’s residency in Bemidji , Minnesota started strong with residencies at local schools, where Paulo and Samba Sam delighted young students with their samba beats, demonstrations of Brazilian drums, and a fun trick with the cuíca called “mouse and dog.”

Video shows the excitement of participating in Arts Midwest World Fest

Paulo Padilha and Group shared this wonderful video with us of some workshops and school concerts in Iowa. Thank you to everyone who opened up your communities, your schools, and your hearts to this fun group from Brazil! The band had a great time, and it's clear from this video that kids in Orange City, Iowa also had a wonderful time and learned a lot about Brazilian music and culture.

Paulo Padilha in Grand Forks, ND

By Emily Anderson. Photos by Beto González.

Paulo Padilha and Group’s tour had folks of all ages in Grand Forks, North Dakota smiling and dancing to his samba beats. With over two decades of experience in music education with youth, he knows how to get students involved and interested in learning.

Orange City, Iowa has a blast with Paulo Padilha and Group

By Ken Carlson

Cups were dancing on saucers at The Old Factory Coffee Shop in Orange City, Iowa as Paulo Padilha and Group performed there last week! Once that samba rhythm gets rolling nothing and no one can resist it! A scheduled 45 minute mini-concert stretched to 90 as the ensemble picked up speed and rhythm like a locomotive on the track. The group just carried the audience along with it. It was a fun night made even more enjoyable by a special menu item for the evening: Brazilian beans and rice.

Sisseton, South Dakota Enjoys Paulo Padilha and Group

By Emily Anderson

Last week in Sisseton, SD, a community of around 3,000 people, Paulo Padilha and Group were instant celebrities. Not only did they have a phenomenal showing at their public concert at the Sisseton Performing Arts Center and share their music with many of the surrounding elementary and high schools, but they were even recognized instantly by community members from the posters announcing their visit.

Paulo Padilha and Group in Sisseton, SD

By Ken Carlson

The Paulo Padilha and Group tour is off to a great start in Sisseton, South Dakota. The Sisseton Arts Council welcomed the group on a beautiful evening at the 75-foot Nicollet Tower just outside Sisseton. On such a beautiful night one could probably not see all the way to São Paulo from here, but it felt that way.

Paulo Padilha and Group in the Twin Cities

By Ken Carlson

Paulo Padilha and Group landed in Minneapolis on September 25 to begin their first Arts Midwest World Fest tour. The group’s infectious rhythms will have the entire Midwest dancing by the time the group wraps up this tour in early November.