Thanks to everyone who joined us for Madison Carnaval 2018!

We had a blast and we hope you did too! We're off to hibernate for a short while but we'll be back.

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Buy Tickets

Tickets available from the High Noon Saloon & Majestic Theatre, in person or on their websites. $15 Friday - $15 Saturday.
$25 Two Night Pass

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The Handphibians
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Groupo Balança + Metabaque + Ótimo Brazilian Dance + Panchromatic Steel Band + Capoeira Roda + DJ TrixZ + Los Chechos + Drum Power + Forro Fo Sh'o + Dave Irwin

Lineup

High Noon Saloon
Friday Feb. 9
  • The Handphibians +
  • Grupo Balança +
  • Capoeira Roda +
  • Los Chechos +
  • Forró Fo Sho
Majestic Theatre
Saturday Feb. 10
  • The Handphibians +
  • Ótimo Brazilian Dance +
  • Metabaque +
  • Panchromatic Steel +
  • DJ TrixZ +
  • Drum Power +
  • Dave Irwin

#MadisonCarnaval

Celebrating 20 Years

Handphibians Celebrate 20 Years

We have been sharing our love and gratitude for the beautiful music and culture of Brazil for two decades and can't wait to see what the next one brings.

The Handphibians were founded by Robert Schoville in 1997 after he and a group of friends returned to Madison from Brazil where they had been studying and performing Carnaval music. From this small group of five percussionists, our passion for Brazilian music and culture continues to grow each day while our annual Carnaval celebration and community events have established our place in the Madison music community.

Over the years we have grown from the original five members to now over 50!! We would like to share a huge Thank You to everyone who has supported us, and continues to support us, throughout the years. Muito Obrigado, Gente!!

Sponsors & Support

High Noon Saloon
Majestic Madison
89.9 WORT FM
7th Sense Media

The Handphibians' first original composition!

Every year for Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, competing bands of the samba schools compose and perform their own “enredo”(en-HAY-doo). It’s a song form that communicates, along with thunderous drums and colorful musical lines, the stories, histories, and social commentary relevant to the area.

This year, the Handphibians have composed their FIRST EVER enredo, celebrating 20 years of drumming and community vibrancy in Madison, our little haven in América do Norte. Enjoy!


Interested in learning?

The Handphibians run a year-round school that generally operates in a 10-12 week block where you can learn the basics of Brazilian Percussion. Send us a little something about yourself, including your musical background and how you found out about the group. We will send out some introductory material and details for our next round of classes.

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  • Don't worry if you've never played percussion, many of the Handphibians hadn't played drums before!
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