(Update 3/12/13: Tonight is Quetzal Guerrero‘s birthday celebration at The Virgil…no cover! Samba Society plays The Virgil on Sunday, March 17. Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Brazilian style! Don’t forget DJ Potira is now spinning at 3 weekly spots on Mondays in Toluca Lake, Saturdays in Culver City and Sundays in Long Beach! Not exactly Brazilian but just as fun, she’s spinning a Throwback 80s night on Thu, 3/14. Details below.)
I know Fat Tuesday came and went and Lent started on Ash Wednesday, but it got hot this week in LA! And when we’re blessed with bright, summery weather like this, there’s no better way to party than with the sun-worshiping, samba-shaking Brazilians! I have such a love affair with anything Brazilian so I have to share all these wonderful events this March, starting this weekend!
SAT March 2
13th Annual Brazilian Carnaval: Exotica – Patricia Leao of Brazilian Nites puts on a faithful replica of Rio’s Carnaval as well as other great events all year! You don’t want to miss the Gangnam Style samba dance at midnight!
Tumbe’ with El Haru Kuroi – This month’s Tumbe’ world music party features, El Haru Kuroi, one of my favorite world music bands from LA, who’ve just returned from a Southwest tour. Their vocalist/guitarist, Eddika Organista, studied music in Brazil and their music is a wonderful unique blend of bossa nova and post-punk. I’ll be here to celebrate my friend’s birthday.
SUN March 3
Samba Dance Basics Workshop @ Brasil Brasil Cultural Center – You want to learn to samba? Come learn with Gisella Sambista at a wonderful community space offering lots of other Brazilian language, capoeira, music and dance classes and performances.
Katia Moraes EP Release @ Vitello’s Jazz – Katia Moraes celebrates the release of her new EP. She’s part of Samba Society and is an MC and performer for many of the great Brazilian events around LA, like Saturday’s Carnaval Exotica and Brazil Day LA.
TUE March 5
THU March 7
Brazilian Night @ The Harp Inn Irish Pub – Grupo Cupim do Samba brings Samba & Pagode back to OC every other Thursday and it’s now the hottest spot for Brazilian nights. Full of beautiful people, vibrant energy and amazing dancing.
FRI March 8
2nd Annual Carnaval da Bahia @ Rooftop 3100 – This is a special edition of Festa Fridays, hosted by DJ Chris Brazil. Featuring Dendê & Band, playing music from their new album Back To Bahia, at their 1st LA appearance and special guests BatukAxé and Viver Brasil Dance Company!
Dance Brazil @ Downey Civic Theatre – A performance by Dance Brazil is a rare evening of dance, the likes of which you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. For over 30 years they’ve been electrifying stages with their high-energy mix of Afro-Brazilian movement, contemporary dance and Capoeira. It is the last element that truly sets Dance Brazil apart. 50% discount tickets at Goldstar.com.
TUE March 12
Cali Hustle with Quetzal Guerrero @ The Virgil – The monthly Cali Hustle at The Virgil hosted by Quetzal Guerrero every 2nd Tuesday of the month. He’s a singer, songwriter, guitarist and violinist virtuoso, blending many different genres on his multi-talented palette – from bossa nova, funk, soul to hip hop. It’s also a special birthday celebration for Quetzal along with another birthday girl, special guest Andrée Belle. Quetzal’s lady, Miss Sunshine Z, is going to keep the dance floor sizzling in between the live sets! No cover and $5 cocktails will help you shake it loose!
THU March 14
SAT March 16
BASSXX @ Seventy 7 Lounge – DJ Potira and her crew spinning the best of Latin beats, Top40, Dancehall, Brazil Baile Funke, Moonbahton and Hip Hop at this new weekly Saturday night party in Culver City!
SUN March 17
Samba Society @ The Virgil – Samba Society killed it the last time they played The Virgil and are back again, this time with new forró band, Môfo. So come celebrate St. Patrick’s day in Brazilian style!
St. Patrick’s Day Brasilia @ Agaves Bar– DJ Potira playing the best of Brazil, latin, funk & wold music at her new weekly Sunday spot in Long Beach. Brasilia will be having a special Event on St. Patricks day with special guest Samba dancers.
Also $5 green caipirinha & happy hour all night. No cover.