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Brazil's Newst and Youngest Rising Star

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 06/10/2013 - 11:16 am

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Morning!
Not sure if you've seen this yet, but this two-year-old and his Brazilian dad make quite a duo, singing 'Don't Let Me Down' for today's Cafezinho story at Brazil Club.  
 
Diego's dad Cristian has a band in southern Brazil's Santa Catarina and his mom used to sing Beatles songs to him while she was pregnant.
How popular is this 'Rising Star'?  This YouTube video has already surpassed the original version of the song. And we think there definitely should be a Grammy Award for 'Cute'! Don't you?
 
 

Bebel Gilberto At City Winery Chicago

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 08/13/2013 - 10:07 am

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Who is she: Her father’s daughter
Why Is she important: Still Brazil’s reining Diva
 
One fan might have summed it up best last night during the ‘after set’ for Bebel Gilberto at Chicago’s City Winery: “It’s a universal vibe. It’s like we’re all friends through her music but nobody knows each other and so we all just seem get together whenever she’s here.”
Totally in keeping with Bebel’s unique ability to connect with a crowd. Opening with ‘Traquilo’ from her Momento album, she absorbed th ...

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Brazil's World Cup Kicks Off

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 06/12/2014 - 01:14 am

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The Opening Ceremony of the World Cup, like the event itself, is both widely anticipated and already controversial.
At least it won't be boring.
Set to debut a little less than two hours before Brazil and Croatia, the Opening Ceremony should be a party like only Brazil can throw. Let's take a look at what you can expect from the event.
So, what can we expect from the opening ceremony?
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Watch the Opening Ceremonies & the Games 'On Demand' from ESPN3 here.
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2015's Carnaval Champs Crowned In Brazil

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 02/20/2015 - 12:10 pm

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Brazil’s Carnaval competitions in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro has ended for 2015, with the winning Escolas de Samba (Samba Schools) crowned on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
But in case you missed it, or don’t have access to Brazil’s TV Globo here in the states, you can relive some of the magic from each of Brazil’s top two cities from the YouTube links below.

Sao Paulo
It was a surprise victory for the Samba School called Vai-Vai, who emerged as champions with their theme celebration the musical life of Elis Regina, on the 30th anniversary of h ...

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Cafezinho: Jobim's Place On The Beach

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 12/11/2014 - 12:12 pm

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A statue honoring Brazilian singer-composer Antonio Carlos ‘Tom’ Jobim was unveiled Wednesday (10th) at the Zona Sul beach where it all began for the Bossa Nova beat back in the late 1950’s.
Located midway along Ipanema’s stretch of sun-soaked sand, and situated casually upon its black and white tiled mosaic sidewalk, the 200 kilo bronze statue depicting Jobim with a guitar slung over his shoulder to mark the 20th anniversary of Jobim’s passing. ‘I chose to represent a young and handsome Tom Jobim showing him at the peak of his success in t ...

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Musical Truth In Advertising

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 10/30/2014 - 12:20 pm

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How elemental is music to the Brazilian way of life? Here’s a story: In 1989, W/Brasil (a top ad agency) rolled out a brand new campaign for Rider Sandals and the big star was the music featured in TV spots.
The idea was to showcase Brazilian Pop stars recreating favorite hit songs. The first was with Paralamas do Sucesso doing Jorge Ben’s ‘País Tropical’. Marina Lima came up with a new version of a Rita Lee tune. In 1993, Tim Maia - who was already a big fan of Rider sandals - recreated Lulu Santos’ and Nelson Motta’s ‘Como Uma Onda&rsquo ...

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Cafezinho: Dia da MPB

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 10/17/2014 - 08:22 am

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October 17th is ‘Dia da MPB’ in Brazil
In keeping with the largely feminine nature of Brazilian song, the day commemorates the birth of pianist Chiquinha Gonzaga in 1847. She is widely regarded by cultural scholars as the first popular songwriter of Brazil.
MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) has its roots in samba but has grown to encompass and loosely define a variety of musical styles. Chiquinha composed several songs that today are part of the Brazilian cultural universe, including the samba marcinha 'Abre Alas'.
In past decades MPB has included early pioneers of Br ...

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Ed Motta, Sammy Figueroa & Glaucia Na...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 09/14/2014 - 09:48 pm

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October 16th Is The Night.
October 16th promises to be a special night for Chicago’s Brazilian music fans of Brazil Club. Somehow the stars have aligned to bring us not one, but two top Brazilian performers that night. Rio's Ed Motta will be at Mayne Stage in Rogers Park, and The Talisman Project with Latin Percussionist Sammy Figueria and Brazil's Glaucia Nasser will be on satge at City Winery. Both of these acts will be making their Chicago debuts.

Ed Motta at Mayne Stage
Rio’s Ed Motta will bring his jazzy style of Brazilian Pop and R&B to Mayne Stage. ...

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Ed Motta at Mayne Stage Chicago

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 07/04/2014 - 05:06 pm

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Ed Motta makes his Chicago debut Thursday, October 16th at Mayne Stage in Rogers Park. The talented singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is a legend in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, blending a tropical mix of Urban jazz, Brazilian soul and pop in English and Portuguese.
One of my earliest memories of Ed was a chance encounter at Churrascaria Porção in Ipanema one evening. We walked in to meet our guests and there was Ed, playing the grand piano in the entrance lobby. I asked, “Are you performing here tonight?”, and he replied, “No, just ...

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Cafezinho: Ed Motta's Chicago Debut h...

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 08/01/2014 - 12:17 am

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Breaking News:
Mayne Stage in Rogers Park has announced a new date for Ed Motta's Chicago debut: Thursday October 16th.  With only days ahead of his original August date, Motta reluctantly was forced to postpone his US Tour - including his Chicago debut - due to visa issues worldwide and "computer problems" in Washington DC (haven't we heard this before?). Here's the story from the Wall Street Journal, and Ed Motta's instagram from August.
Now everyone is looking forward to Ed Motta's Chicago show, one night only, on Thursday October 16th.
Be sure to listen to The S ...

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