Saturday March 2, 2019!

Madison Carnaval 2019 is taking place at Majestic Theatre on Saturday, March 2.

This year we're kicking things off a week earlier, on Friday Feb. 22, at High Noon Saloon for Esquenta Folia, the Carnaval Kickoff Party!

If you'd like to receive occasional emails about the Handphibians and our events, be sure to subscribe so we can keep in touch.

Samba Dancers Posing on stage

Buy Tickets

Tickets are available from the High Noon Saloon & Majestic Theatre, in person or on their websites.
$15 for Friday Feb 22.
$20 for Saturday March 2
$30 Two-night Pass

$30 - Two Night Pass exit_to_app

The Handphibians
Ótimo Brazilian Dance + Samba Novistas + Drum Power + David Irwin and Helen Avakian + DJ TrixZ


Official Madison Carnaval

Madison Carnaval

Saturday March 2 - Majestic Theatre
  • The Handphibians +
  • Ótimo Brazilian Dance +
  • Samba Novistas +
  • Drum Power +
  • David Irwin and Helen Avakian +
  • DJ TrixZ
Carnaval Kickoff Party

Friday Feb. 22 - High Noon Saloon

  • Grupo Balança +
  • Metabaque +
  • Forró Fo Sho +
  • Capoeira Roda +
  • Ótimo Workshop Dance Troupe +
  • Dr. Beatz


Celebrating 20 Years
Originally posted: January 09, 2018

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 Brazilian percussion?

Sign up to enroll in our next 10-week class sequence, dates to be announced after Madison Carnaval 2019. Learn the basics of Brazilian Percussion including Samba, Maracatu and Samba Reggae. To get started, complete the form below and we’ll follow up with additional information.

  • Don't worry if you've never played percussion, many of the Handphibians hadn't played drums before!
  • Let us know if you'd like to receive occasional emails about Handphibians news and events
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Would you enjoy receiving updates? Sign up and we'll occasionally send updates about Madison Carnaval and other Handphibians events.