By Michael Hamad
11:00 AM EDT, April 29, 2013
You can't have an intelligent discussion about Brazilian music without mentioning the berimbau — a long, wooden bow, affixed with a gourd-shaped resonator and a single string you beat with a stick, bending notes to inflect different tones. And if you're having that discussion, you should invoke Dinho Nascimento (pictured), whose name has become nearly synonymous with the instrument he's mastered over the last 40 years. Nascimento and his Berimbau Orchestra will headline this year's Samba Fest, which again takes place down by Hartford's Riverfront from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Other performers include the Trinity Samba Ensemble (directed by event organizer, Trinity professor Eric Galm), Capoeira and Maculelê with Ginga Brasileira, local faves Ed Fast & Conga Bop, De 4 Ahwee and Co. Steelband and Trinity Steel; check sambafest.com for the full schedule.
Seventh Annual Trinity Samba Fest
May 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free, Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, 300 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, (860) 297-2199, sambafest.com.
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