(Update 8/7/13: Brasilia Sundays is on hiatus until a new location.)
One of my favorite DJs in Los Angeles by way of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is DJ Potira! She earned the nickname Potira which means “Warrior Indian Girl” through her dedicated practice and teaching of capoeira, the Brazilian martial art, and believe me…the title is well-earned! Not only does she kick ass on the mat, Potira brings the same feisty fierceness to the dance floor with her signature Baile Funk booty-shaking beats!
If you’re not familiar with Baile Funk, it is the bass-heavy hip hop from the favelas of Rio and first became familiar to international audiences through movies like Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad) and famed DJ Diplo who was so enamored with Baile Funk, he made a documentary about it.
If you want to experience the sheer rawness and high energy of Baile Funk, you need to come check out one of her sets. Part of the fun of Baile Funk are synchronized dance steps led in a group and Potira’s partnered with dance instructor Morena Baile-rina to teach and lead the crowd in the fun, energetic and sensual moves! They perform together every Sunday at Agaves Bar in Long Beach and will be performing special shows at the weekly Afro Funke this Thursday, June 20, in Santa Monica and the monthly Bombilla this Saturday, June 22, in Westchester!
Thursday, June 20, 2013 AFRO FUNKE’| DJ LOGARHYTHMIK + DJ POTIRA (Brasil) w/ Baile Funk Dancers
@ Zanzibar, 1310 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 – 9pm-2am, $7-10, 21+
Hard to believe it but we have 4 DJs again in the HOUSE with special guest the returning Logarhythmik of the AF & KCRW Massive + DJ Potira who is bringing Brasil back on the decks plus live Baile Funk dancing! DJs Jeremy Sole (KCRW) & Glenn Red will be carrying the torch for the AF team!
Saturday, June 22, 2013 BOMBILLA w/Guest DJ Potira & Morena The Baile-Rina (Brasil Baile Funk) – 9pm-2am, $5 after 10pm, 21+
@ Melody Bar & Grill, 9132 Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90045
Summer is here, and this month BOMBILLA is traveling to the land of booty–BRAZIL. That’s right, we got DJ POTIRA with her Baile-Rina MORENA showing us how they get rowdy in Rio. Potira has blasted that favela bass all over LA with her Brasil Baile Funk parties, mixing all styles of funk, house, pop and electro into her Brazlilan beats. Backed up by your residents Creepy, Eazy Uno, Bianca Oblivion and Valentin in the front room, and Orion Escobar and Slops Rox in back, this is one Bombilla not to be missed. O bicho vai pegar! (translation: things are gonna get cray!)
Every Sunday – Brasilia @ Agaves Bar, 200 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802 – 8pm-10pm, Free, All Ages
Come for a taste of Brasil every Sunday! No cover, all ages in the restaurant, and special drinks! 8:00pm- Barile Funk Class: Morena, The Baile-rina from Rio de Janeiro Brazil will show you how it’s done CARIOCA STYLE!