Mango Nights @ Hoda’s | Live Latin, Middle Eastern Music, Belly Dancing, Food, Mango Margaritas

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Mango Nights @ Hoda'sMango Nights
Saturday, February 23, 2013
9 p.m. | $35-$40 | 21+
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3401 SE Belmont St Portland, OR 97214
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Price includes special food menu for the evening, belly dance and live music. Drinks and tips extra. Buy now, seating is limited! Advance tickets for the show only is $15 or $20 at the door. Buy tickets at

One evening Sue Lewis, violinist and bandleader of the Portland band Mango Nights, stopped in at Hoda’s to enjoy some Middle Eastern food and was so impressed with the delicious food that she asked to speak with the owners. Hoda, and her husband Hani, happened to be there and came to her table. A great friendship was forged then and there. Hoda and her husband treated Sue like family. After learning that her band performs Middle Eastern music and dance as part of their show, we came up with the idea of combining our talents with food, music and dance for this special event at Hoda’s restaurant.

Hoda’s will be serving Mezza style for the Mango Nights event.  Mezza is the word for the many different appetizers that are served in the Middle East for social gatherings.

Mezza will include:
Stuffed grape leaves
Tabouleh salad
Spinach pies/ Sambousek (meat pies)
Chicken breast kabob or beef kabobs
Fresh bread
(Drinks and dessert extra)

Hoda uses the finest organic ingredients from local farms such as their 100% natural grass fed beef grown in Oregon.  Enjoy a glass of Pinot Noir from Coleman Winery, a family owned winery located in McMinville Oregon.  For dessert try the Nights of Lebanon, house white cream with fresh Kiwi, strawberry and blueberries plus almonds and walnuts topped with orange blossom water. In honor of this special event, the bar will be serving Mango Margaritas, made of tequila, rum, mango and lemons. Enjoy a variety of cocktails, beer and wines.

Belinda Underwood plays the upright bass, sings and performs belly dance. The last several years, Belinda has been making trips to Egypt to study with Dr. Alfred Gamil, a head professor at the Arab Music Institute in Cairo. The richness of Middle Eastern music has added new textures and colors to her songwriting as well as broadened the musical circles in which she performs. Between tours, Belinda plays and sings around Portland with exquisite jazz musicians as well as the Mid Eastern and/or Gypsy influenced bands Negara, Underscore Orkestra, Ritim Egzotik, Arabesque and Ala Nar. Belinda has studied Middle Eastern dance and music in Cairo Egypt and Turkey. For more about Belinda, visit

Violinist Sue Lewis exemplifies the perfect harmony of gorgeous tone and passion for which her music is so famous. Sue also plays cello and upright bass and has performed extensively throughout the NW, including classical music with the Vancouver Symphony, and with folk/rock, Celtic, and Gypsy jazz musicians. Her solo projects can be heard at -About Sue Lewis page.

Pianist Tino Ferraro was born and raised in a small town in the mountains of British Columbia, where he started playing in country rock dance bands at the age of 15. He studied music at Dickinson State College, earning several piano scholarships while getting a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He continued playing in various bands, and went on to teach band in public schools, and taught piano in his private studio. He also studied with the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, and interned and worked as a piano technician. Tino Ferraro has extensive experience in several genres from pop to classical to Latin and more.

Joining us on percussion is Caton Lyles, Percussionist, Studio Musician, Actor (SAG)Portland, Oregon USA. Catón Lyles is an accomplished Pacific Northwest artist who is a night club and concert favorite. As an instructor for many years, Catón’s performance experience as a musician and actor has engaged and enriched the community. As an actor and musician, Catón as been featured on national and international television, in commercials, documentaries, and episodic programming. He continues to perform in local theater productions as well. Catón is currently performing in many bands including the Salsa band Afincando, the Medler Septet and the Tango and World music group Mango Nights.

Accordionist Guistino (Justin) Franzino is a seasoned and energetic performer with an imaginative style. Justin realized his gift for music around the age of twelve when his father brought home an accordion to entertain their big Italian family. Accordionist Justin Franzino plays a vast variety of music from jazz to Middle Eastern and everything in between. His vocals are warm and romantic, sung from his heart with pure joy.

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