Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Monobloco represents all things Brazilian, all things Rio, all things Carnival and especially all things samba. Considered to be one of the most diverse bands by incorporating various musical styles and rhythms to the beat of samba, Monobloco was formed in 2000 and now consists of over one hundred participants. Their musical repertoire ranges from traditional marches of John Roberto Kelly to samba of Cartola and Clara Nunes, through the xote of Alceu of Valencia, the dance of Gonzaga, the funk MC Leonardo, and even songs Paralamas do Sucesso, Raul Seixas and Tim Maia. Tonight they kick off the Carnival season right at the epic venue Fundição Progresso in Lapa. LIVE: Baile pré-carnavalesco da Orquestra Imperial (Lapa) Orquestra Imperial are back at Circo Voador with their remarkable show to heat up the stage and Lapa for Carnival. This year, the traditional costume ball will feature cameos from singer Emanuelle Araujo and DJ Samba (Stephen Ciavatta). Circo Voador – 10PM Rua dos Arcos, 1 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354 Entrance: Check with venue Carnaval do Monobloco (Lapa) Monobloco sets the stage for their annual Carnival do Monobloco. The over hundred person percussion band is known all throughout Brazil and their shows are not to be missed. Fundição Progresso – 11PM Rua dos Arcos, 24 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070 Entrance: Check with venue CLUBS: Bootleg (Copacabana) Bootleg returns to Fosfobox for the kick off party of the Rio Music Conference. The Bootleg residents welcome Curitiba based DJ and producer Fabo, as well as New Yorker Holosound. Fosfobox – 11:30PM Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498 Entrance: R$25 with guest list, R$45 without Nuth (Barra da Tijuca) The biggest thing to hit the streets of Barra & Lagoa. Two locations with the same game plan to make sure the night never ends for those who attend. A mixture of house, hip hop, and pop, this nightclub is sure to light up the night. Nuth – 11PM Av. Armando Lombardi, 999 – Barra de Tijuca – Tel: (21) 3153-8595/2495-6008 Entrance: Check with venue MÚSICA BRASILEIRA: Moyseis Marques (Lapa) Singer and songwriter Moyseis Marques returns to Carioca da Gema to perform his special brand of samba with hits like “Pretinha Jóia Rara”, which was featured on the soap opera “Caminho das Índias”, from Rede Globo. Carioca da Gema – 11:30PM Av. Mem de Sá, 79 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043 Entrance: R$30 Samba do Carlinhos de Jesus (Lapa) Samba is in the air in Rio, and no better time than now. Kick off Carnival right with the best of Brazilian samba at one of the most well known samba venues in Lapa. Lapa 40º – 11:30PM Rua do Riachuelo, 97 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9005 Entrance: R30 PUBS & BARS: Guacamole (Jardim Botanico) Rio welcomes Guacamole with open arms. This festive Mexican restaurant represents Mexico with a beautiful decor and a mariachi band who sings table-side, along with an array of tequila and drink specials. Guacamole – 6PM Rua Jardim Botânico, 129 – Jardim Botanico – Tel: (47) 3366-0311 Entrance: Free Mud Bug (Copacabana) With two locations in Copacabana, Mud Bug providing a great selection of beers and a menu as well. There isn’t much missing from this American style staple. Also expect to hear live jazz, blues, MPB and rock from time to time. Mud Bug -5PM Rua Rudolpho Dantas, 16 – Copacabana – Tel:(21) 2543-5052 Entrance: Free Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana) The new American-owned beachfront restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and just drinks to kick off Saturday night. Restaurante Mab’s – 5PM Avenida Atlantica, 1140 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299 Entrance: Free Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa) If you are up for some Irish beer and a nice environment to drink it in, this is the place to go. With its trendy decor, this pub attracts many different kinds of people and offers Guinness and the German brand of Erdinger. Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147 – Lapa – Tel (21) 2221-7236 Entrance: R$10 — To have an event included in the weekly Nightlife Guide, please email: events[at]riotimesonline[dot]com. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.