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Brasil Summerfest Takes Over New York

ZEALnyc, August 3, 2017

If you’re looking to have a real South American experience, but your schedule doesn’t allow for travel right now, you’re in luck because Brasil Summerfest is about to begin a nine-day festival celebrating all things Brazilian.  From music to films, and culminating with a street fair/block party, there is definitely something in the mix that will make you want to samba. Many of the events are free, while others have modest ticketing fees. See the full schedule of events below which take place all over the city. For more information click here.


Fans attending a New York’s Brasil Summerfest concert; photo: Eliseu Cavalcante.

August 5: Elza Soares, Liniker e os Caramelows, Teleseen @ City Parks SummerStage

Brazil’s iconic samba singer, provocative persona and signature vocalist headlines the festival with her captivating new show, “A Mulher do Fim do Mundo.” Led by trans-gender vocalist Liniker Barros, this group of like minded musicians has been breaking new ground with their blend of Brazilian soul.

FREE / 6pm-10pm

August 5: Afterparty with Strobo / DJ Eduardo Brechó @ Nublu

Emerging out of Pará, one of Brazil’s musical hotspots, Strobo is Belém’s finest instrumental bands. Leo Chermont (guitar and effects) and Arthur Kunz (drums and electronics) perform explosive dance music with pop sensibilities. Supporting the evening is DJ Eduardo Brechó of Aláfia, spinning new and classic Brazilian tracks for the dancefloor.

TICKETS / 11pm

August 6: Liniker e os Caramelows, O Terno, Lan Lanh @ Nublu

Emerging Brazilian soul artist Liniker e os Caramelows is joined by O Terno and Lan Lanh for a special evening at Nublu. O Terno makes their US debut — the São Paulo based power trio draws inspiration from tropicalia, rock and soul and is the new face of Brazil’s DIY culture. Opening set by Lan Lanh, a master batuqueira whose solo percussion is joined by melodic arrangements of acoustic guitar, viola caipira and cavaquinho. Also US Debut show.

TICKETS / 7:30pm

August 7: FILM / Tropicália @ The New School

Tropicália brings a contemporary look at this important cultural/music movement, which exploded in Brazil in the late 1960s. It mixes newly recovered archive material and interviews with the icons of the movement such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Tom Ze, Mutantes and others. Directed by Marcelo Machado. Co-presented by Cinema Tropical.

FREE / 8pm

August 8: Rodrigo Campos @ NaturaBrasil Store

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from São Paulo, Rodrigo Campos performs his blend of catchy samba with funk riffs and experimental grooves. Special garden performance at the NaturaBrasil store.

FREE / 6pm

August 9: Forró in the Dark @ Brooklyn Public Library

New York’s original forró party band with its original cast Mauro Refosco, Jorge Continentino, Guilherme Monteiro and Davi Vieira perform their percussion-heavy, rhythmic dance music blended with jazz, folk and country.

FREE / 6:30pm

August 10: Batuque da Lan Lanh @ Live at the Archway

In a career spanning three decades, Elaine Silva Moreira – Lan Lanh – has created the rhythm of her own journey, incorporating a panoply of sound and sharing her talent with some of the greatest names in Brazilian and international music. A master batuqueira, Lan Lanh’s solo percussion is joined by melodic arrangements of acoustic guitar, viola caipira and cavaquinho.

FREE / 6:30pm

August 10: O Terno @ David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

Consistently topping “Best of” lists in the Brazilian press, the São Paulo–based rock-pop-experimental power trio O Terno puts an edgy 21st-century spin on the classic Brazilian psychedelic rock of the 1960s and ’70s. Its members—guitarist and singer Tim Bernardes, bassist Guilherme d’Almeida, and drummer Biel Basile—have collaborated with tropicalia idol Tom Zé, American pop visionary David Byrne, and hero of the Brazilian underground Adriano Cintra, among others.

FREE / 7pm

August 10: Aline Muniz @ Joe’s Pub

Brazilian pop artist Aline Muniz will be showcasing her broad range of influences from bossa nova, classic MPB to electronica and pop. Aline released her debut independent solo album “Da Pá Virada”, whose lead single “Básica” generated huge national buzz and visibility in 2008. In 2011, Aline released her sophomore album “Onde Tudo Faz Sentido”, which solidified her position among the new generation of MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) artists.

TICKETS / 9:30pm

August 11: Lívia Nestrovski & Fred Ferreira, Tim Bernardes @ Joe’s Pub

Emerging as the new generation of Brazil’s jazz and experimental artists, the duo covers a range of classic and contemporary music in their own exquisite way. Opening show by O Terno’s lead singer Tim Bernardes who is emerging as a new voice of his generation and will be showcasing his yet to be released introspective solo work.

TICKETS / 6:30pm

August 11: FILM / Tim Maia @ Museum of the Moving Image

Life and work of Tim Maia, a highly creative singer and composer, known for his explosive temper, who revolutionized Brazilian music with funk and soul. This film recreates his life, from his teen till the peak of his career as one of the most popular and beloved stars of the Brazilian music scene. Directed by Mauro Lima.

TICKETS / 7:30pm

August 12: Zabelê, Alexia Bomtempo @ The Django

The daughter of Baby do Brasil and Pepeu Gomes, Zabelê’s emergence to the music scene comes after the release of her debut self-titled album which blends MPB, pop and electronica. Opening show by Brazilian-American artist Alexia Bomtempo, who pays tribute to Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa’s remarkable, avant-garde debut album “Domingo”, in commemoration of its 50th anniversary this year.


August 13: Street Fair and Block Party @ Hester Street Fair

Closing day of the festival with a full on Brazilian style street fair with food vendors from likes of Berimbau, Cafe Patoro, Oca, beverages by Miolo Wines, Xingu Palma Louca beers, variety of arts, crafts and products. Plus live music performances and DJs. Not to be missed!

FREE / 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Brasil Summerfest Street Fair.


Cover: A Brasil Summerfest event; photo: Eliseu Cavalcante.


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