Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Eduardo Mendonça Earns 2009 Spirit of Liberty Award

An Independence Day Celebration

Last Saturday, July 4th, the Ethnic Heritage Council honored naturalized citizen Eduardo Mendonça for making outstanding contributions to his adopted country of the U.S. while maintaining his ethnic heritage.

Congressman Jim McDermott presented the 2009 Spirit of Liberty Award to Eduardo Mendonça of the Brazilian community.

He is the first Brazilian and South American representative to receive this award. If you haven't yet seen multiple-award-winning Eduardo Mendonça perform, it's really a must-do. He's the ultimate entertainer and a terrific musician, even having performed for the 14th Dalai Lama and the Pope John Paul II!

Upcoming performances include two this week:

WHEN: Friday, July 10, 7:30 – 9:45pm
WHERE: Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
WHAT: Eduardo Mendonça will be perfroming original tunes, Bossa-Nova, MPB (Brazilian Popular Music), and many other Brazilian music styles. David Pascal on Bass, and Kohen Burrill on drums.

WHEN: Tuesday, August 18, 5:30-6:30pm
WHERE: Renton Farmers Market, Renton, WA
WHAT: Drumming and Dance at Renton Farmers Market! Eduardo Mendonça and Show Brazil! will be conducting a public drumming and dance rehearsal. The audience is invited to participate by learning basic Samba dance steps, and Brazilian rhythms played on provided drums, plastic buckets and “tennis ball mallets.” This event is sponsored by Renton Municipal Arts Commission and 4 Culture.

Congratulations to Eduardo for this amazing and much-deserved achievement! For more information on Eduardo's award, his bio, and contact information, please visit his site.


  1. Please note that the Drumming and Dancing event has changed date/venue:

    The event now will be: “Drumming and Dance at Renton Farmers Market” on Tuesday, August 18th 5:30 – 6:30 pm.

    My original blog post has been updated to reflect that as well.


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