From the manifesto of Beat the Donkey, who play Cat’s Cradle Tuesday, March 8:

sometimes we are gladiators of sound.

sometimes we come from the jungle.

sometimes we walk concrete streets.

sometimes we roar and

sometimes we can only mumble.

meet beat the donkey.

ten people, twenty hands

and ten hearts

all beating an imaginary straw

leather lace painted

masked flying purple stellar donkey.

it means nothing.

Like the group led by composer and percussionist Cyro Baptista, the expression “Beat the Donkey” is Brazilian in origin. On the street, “Pau Na Mula” translates roughly to “let’s go, let’s do it.” On stage, Baptista and his wild troupe of musicians and dancers get at that mula non-stop. Tickets are $15. Show starts at 9 p.m.