Recent Past Shows:

March 9 !carnaval! 9pm-12am The Mercury Cafe: Denver,co

w/ Ginga, Samba Colorado Dance, Luciana da Silva

March 15 7-10pm Oskar Blues: Lyons,co

w/ Sambatonk: featuring Enion Pelta-Tiller, Bonnie and The Clydes, Ian Brighton

April 5 6:30-9:30pm-St.Julien HoteL: Boulder, cO

w/ Pagode na Pedra

July 16- Grupo Chegando Lá.

The Laughing Goat: 8-10:30pm. Boulder, CO


wednesdays - b0ulder, CO


group samba percussion/song class

@Virada Drums

UNIT #38

4919 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80303

$25 (drop-in Fee) or $80 per month

This group class is designed to get you comfortable playing samba music on traditional samba instruments in a very short time amount of time. Because there can be a variety of different ability levels within any given class, there is no specific “beginners” class so students of all experience and ability levels are welcome. From a rank beginner to professional working musician, this class will give you the experience and tools to be able to play this amazing music we call samba.

  • Loaner instruments are available for those who choose to pay the monthly rate

  • Familiarity with Brazilian music is a plus but not necessary. Some experience with percussion or other musical instruments is helpful but not required. If you have any question regarding the pace, format or expectations of the class please emaiL FRANCISCO directly

Private Instruction - $60/hr


email or text to schedule a lesson w Francisco

 Guitar, Cavaquinho, music theory, Bass, Ukulele, Samba percussion…


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Francisco Marques is a multi instrumentalist and singer who has been studying, teaching and performing Brazilian music in Colorado for 17 years.  He regularly collaborates with out of state artists and educators for performances and workshops but spends a bulk of his time in Boulder and Denver playing Brazilian music with Ginga, Grupo Chegando Lá, Pagode na Pedra and Sambadendé. Born in São Paulo, Brazil and raised in the United States, he is a graduate from Colby College where he received a BA in Music. He is a dedicated musician and educator who is a regular part of the adjunct faculty at Naropa University in Boulder and has been teaching Samba/Pagode at California Brazil Camp for 6 years.

  • Ginga

  • Sambadende

  • Grupo Chegando Lá

  • Bateria Alegría

  • Faculty @ California Brazil Camp

  • Adjunct Faculty @ Naropa University



Cultivated in Boulder, Colorado and comprised of some of the best jazz, classical and salsa musicians on the Front Range, Ginga is THE powerhouse Brazilian band in Colorado. They can bring an audience to a quiet purr with a sultry Bossa Nova or blow the roof off the evening with a full blown Carnaval style samba dance party.

The seven principal members of the band are Francisco Marques (cavaquinho, bass, lead vocals), Greg LaLiberte (flute, saxophones, percussion, vocals), Victor Mestas (keyboards), Bill Kopper (acoustic 6 & 7 string guitars, electric guitar), Raoul Rossiter (drums, percussion, vocals), Carl Dixon (percussion, vocals), and Vincent Gonzalez (percussion, vocals).



Sambadende has been sharing the energy of Brazilian music with its loyal fans since 2001. Each show in their hometown of Boulder, CO draws a packed house and the powerful combination of drums and vocals never ceases to bring new fans off the street. Focusing on the street ensemble rhythms from the northeast of Brazil, Sambadende adds to its loyal following each time they perform.

The group was created with the intention of sharing not only the soulful music of Brazil, but also the inherent community feeling that is so evident in all Brazilian music. Sambadende was created in 2001 by Ty Hammes, who having lived in Salvador and having performed with Olodum and other blocos in Bahia wished to recreate that sound in the local music scene in Boulder. With the addition of Chico Meira, from Rio de Janeiro, Sambadende expanded its repertoire to include samba do quintal, coco, jongo, MPB, afoxe, maracatu, forro, and other rhythms.

The current members of Sambadende are Chico Meira (Vocals, guitar, cavaquinho), Ty Hammes (timbal, congas, repenique, pandeiro), Nafisa Ramos (surdos, vocals, tantan), JJ Rademaekers (drum kit, percussion), Ian Brighton (sax, flute, vocals), and Francisco Marques (bass, vocals, percussion).



chegando Lá

Based out of Boulder Colorado, Grupo Chegando Lá is an eclectic group of musicians who began as a study group, gathering weekly to play and study samba in the samba de mesa or pagode format. After years of study the group has become one of the main attractions at The Laughing Goat in Boulder.  The students and Francisco convene there on the 4th Thursday of every month to bring as small taste of Brazil to the community.