It’s Brazil Brazil Brazil this weekend!!! OK, there’s a lot of other things going on…too much going on this weekend in LA, but if you haven’t noticed by now, I have a big love of Brazilian culture, music and dance, and the community here is so warm, friendly and full of great talent and I don’t pass up on the chance to go to Brazilian events in LA.
Saturday, August 17, is a history making event. For the 1st time, a traditional Maracatu group from Recife, Brazil tours the US! Maracatu is steeped in Afro-Brazilian and Indigenous musical tradition and world-renowned Nação Estrela Brilhante, founded in 1906, will be joining with Nation Beat, an American Brazilian percussion group from NYC, to bring the pulsating rhythms of the music and drumming, colorful, vibrant Carnival costumes and infectious dancing to American audiences. It’s free and all-ages and part of the great outdoor summer concerts at Grand Performances in downtown California Plaza.
If you can’t get enough of the pulsating Brazilian rhythms and beats, come to the afterparty, the 1st Forró in LA party at Tropico de Nopal artspace. This is one of my favorite venues in LA. They have a nice intimate backyard patio where they host so many great community events like the quarterly Caracol community marketplace and music and dance events like this one. Forró, a Northeastern Brazilian dance, is becoming very popular and this is the first of what Tropico de Nopal and Forró in L.A. hope will be a regular event. Don’t worry if you don’t know the dance. There will be dance lessons throughout the night and if you’re hooked, come to their weekly Wednesday night classes happening through the summer.
Sunday, August 18, don’t miss Samba Society, LA’s premiere deep roots samba band, a collective who’s who of the most talented musicians from the Brazilian community here. Under the artistic direction of Beto González, the band is pulling out all the stops for their debut at the Levitt Pavilion in Pasadena. So whether you’ve seen them or not, this is one show not to miss because they’re adding a 5-piece horn section and premiering a whole new set of fresh arrangements of vintage sambas, along with special guests and more surprises to be announced!
They’re also hosting their 3rd Annual “Samba do Trabalhador” Labor Day backyard samba party at Tropico de Nopal on Monday, September 2, the Labor Day holiday.