Performing a mix of fado, folk and pop, Portuguese band Deolinda is getting international recognition for its flamboyant and sometimes comic performances.
The platinum-selling acoustic group, which comes to the Gallo Center for the Arts on Sept. 26, caught the attention of Gallo Center board member and Modesto Junior College piano instructor Alejandro Sabre in the summer of 2009.
He was visiting the Azores Islands and was invited to attend the group's performance on Pico Island. He reluctantly decided to attend, but soon was thrilled with what he saw.
"The minute they got up on stage, I was immediately captivated," he said. "The lead singer (Ana Bacalhau) was truly worth the price of admission. Her singing is ridiculously good."
Bacalhau performs with her cousins -- brothers Pedro da Silva Martins and Luis Jose Martins on guitars, and Jose Pedro Leitao on double bass.
"They're a really fresh, really unique pop band -- not slick and produced," Sabre said.
According to the band's publicity materials, the Lisbon-based group attracts fans of all ages from small children to grandparents.
People are drawn to their "sweet and catchy or softly melancholic guitar melodies, and music littered with emotive references to Portuguese traditions."
The prestigious music magazine Songlines named the group best newcomer on the world beat scene for their 2008 album "Canção ao Lado." The songs were written from the perspective of a fictional Portuguese character named Deolinda.
The Modesto concert will focus on the band's sophomore release, "Dois Selos E Um Carimbo."