Beleza at C’Ville Coffee

It’s the perfect C’Ville morning thanks to the storm last night that dropped today’s high from 85 to 79. We got up early for a 4~ mile run, ending at the farmer’s market where we picked up Joe’s coffee, eggs, veggies and fruits. I have such a love affair with fall fruits and vegetables: heirloom tomatoes, pears, apples, peaches – they’re gorgeous. Had we not run there, I’d have tons of photos to share. Next time! We wanted to make sure we got up with enough time to run, stop at the market, and get a good chunk of work accomplished before Top of the Hops today. Checking two things off the B.L. in one weekend feels nice.

Beleza at C’Ville Coffee

Friday and Saturday nights, C’Ville Coffee stays open late and hosts concerts. They have dinner service, wine/beer, and charge a cover that goes directly to the band.

Last night, six of us went to check out the music and spend some time with our friend who leaves for Portland today for an awesome job [safe travels!]. I ordered one of my favorite salads in Charlottesville for dinner – their “Veggie & Bean” salad [carrots, olives, chickpeas, kidney beans, onions, tomatoes] with marinated tofu and sesame soy dressing. I can’t tell you how much I love this salad. It’s wholesome, beautiful, and one of my favorite vegetarian salads in town [a photo did not happen this time because at that point I was grumpy and hungry from yesterday’s run and just needed to eat].

Friday’s band was called Beleza – Charlottesville couple Humberto Sales and Madeline Holly Sales. Madeline grew up in Charlottesville, moved to Brazil, and returned with a classically trained guitarist-husband. The two of them perform all over town. They were joined by the brazilian group Origem [Leonardo Lucini and Alejandro Lucini] and Brazilian composer Rogerio Souza.

Their set consisted primarily of pieces in the samba and choro styles [their best explanation of which was: if it’s faster, it’s samba], many composed by Souza himself. Choro is similar to American blues: beautiful melodies with depressing lyrics. The sad lyrics were lost on most of us because the songs were in Portuguese, but the artists let us in on the secret. A local clarinet & soprano sax player provided most of the melodies, giving the music the feel of jazz & samba fusion.

Souza played a seven-string guitar, and the bass player from Origem a seven-string bass. No, really. Their technique looked effortless, but we struggled to think about how you could get your hands around a fret that large!

Madeline sang quite a few songs, all in Portuguese. It was clear her vocal style was jazz-influenced, bringing the American-Brazilian fusion of the music to the forefront.

The most wonderful surprise of the night was fourteen-year-old violinist Chloe Sackier. She had so much stage presence, charisma, and talent that no one believed her age. Latin compositions tend to be hard to play, but Chloe made even the fastest, most complex pieces look effortless. It was clear she was enjoying herself – smiling through her entire set and often dancing along with the music. She got the loudest applause of all.

It was fascinating to see a group of people from different bands from all over the world play together as if they had been doing it for decades. The communication on stage was awesome to watch – the drummer never took his eyes off of Souza, and the musicians swapped smiles and glances with one another throughout the songs. You could tell they were in sync, and all having a blast.

So… check C’Ville Coffee show off of the bucket list! We really enjoyed it and I’m glad we got to share it with some great friends. The downside? C.C. definitely ups the prices of their food/drink during shows to the point where our bill was pretty ridiculous. I don’t know if the food is worth as much as we paid, but the music definitely was!


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Categories: C-Ville, Food, Music


Courtney grew up in Reading, PA, and has lived in New York City (where she earned a bachelor's degree at NYU), Prague, Philadelphia, and Charlottesville (where she received a J.D. from UVa Law). Courtney and her new husband will settle in Philadelphia following a six-week Euro-trip extravaganza in September of 2012. Courtney's interests include music, writing, criticism, fitness, travel, cooking, and sports. Please enjoy the blog. LinkedIn: Tumblr:


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