Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Rio de Janeiro is in for a real treat tonight as house music makes a real impression with a very special guest all the way from Paris, France. Hector Moralez has finally made it to the Cidade Maravilhosa for his first ever performance up the hill at the infamous Casa Alto Vidigal. This long time house legend will be joined by internationally known Brazilian house duo Anhanguera (Decio Deep and Dudu Palandre) as well as American transplant and Alto Vidigal resident Mike Frugaletti. Hector’s character, hard work and innovative ability has given him a prominent standing in the house music scene, leading him to become one of the most sought after artists. Also forming the production phenomenon “Fries and Bridges” with occasional partner, Phil Weeks [Paris]. Releases from Hector have enhanced highly respected labels such as Robsoul, Music For Freaks, Nightshift, Detour, Vista, Brique Rouge, Doubledown and Lowdown Music. These popular works have lead to further demand with new releases due out throughout 2012 on Restricted Access, DJ Sneak Classics, Magnetic, Pacha Recordings. As well as managing and producing on his own distinguished underground labels, Minority Music & The Factory. 2013 also witnessed his highly anticipated debut album Lotus 7 with Chris Carrier, released on the amazing French imprint Apollonia. BLOCOS: Bloco: Eu Amo Lapa (Lapa) Bloco Eu Amo Lapa pretty much says it all in the title. Lapa is the downtown neighborhood of Rio that is home to the true carioca lifestyle full of live music venues and some of the best samba in all of Brasil. Today, celebrate Carnival style. Eu Amo Lapa – 8PM – 10PM Route: Praça Cardeal Câmara (No Procession) Entrance: Free Bloco: Badalo De Santa Teresa (Santa Teresa) One of the most traditional group parades through the beautiful classic Santa Teresa neighborhood. The Badalo De Santa Teresa was founded a few days before Mardi Gras 1972 by Ernesto Sereno. Come enjoy this absolutely unique bairro of Rio de Janeiro. Badalo De Santa Teresa – 9PM – 1AM Route: Largo das Neves, Rua Progresso, Rua Oriente, returning by Rua Progresso until o Largo das Neves Entrance: Free LIVE: Ensaios do Monobloco(Lapa) Rio’s favorite percussion band Monobloco returns to Fundição Progresso for their annual Ensaio, kicking off the Carnival season in true Monobloco style. Expect to hear hits from their newest album “Arrastão da Alegria”. Fundição Progresso – 11PM Rua dos Arcos 24, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070 Entrance: R$44- R$88 CLUBS: We The Brand @ Alto Vidigal (Vidigal) Rio de Janeiro is about to get taste of some REAL house music, some of the likes they have never seen before. House icon Hector Moralez is in town making his debut appearance up the hill at the infamous location of Alto Vidigal, situated at the very top of the Vidigal mountain looking over all of Rio. He is joined by house duo Anhanguera and American househead Mike Frugaletti. If you are a true lover of funky, jacking danceable music, you do not want to miss this one. Casa Alto Vidigal – 11PM Rua Armando de Almeida Lima 2, Vidigal – Tel:(21)3322-3034 Entrance: R$20- R$50 American Party (Centro) With the intention of getting fun people together to drink, socialize and dance to all the classic American hits, American Party is on tonight at La Paz in Lapa. Shots and drinking games plus all kinds of special goodies will be available, plus a full lineup of DJs rocking all kinds of pop, rock and electro hits. La Paz – 11PM Rua do Rezende 82, Centro – Tel: (21) 2509-2403 Entrance: R$25- R$40 MÚSICA BRASILEIRA: Batuque Na Cozinha e Beija Flor (Lapa) Former samba parade champions Beija Flor will perform tonight alongside Batuque na Cozinha to demonstrate why they were the ones to beat at Lapa 40º. Brazilian music and beats at its best. Lapa 40º – 11:30PM Rua do Riachuelo 97, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9005 Entrance: R$30 for men, R$20 for women Toque do Arte (Lapa) Toque de Arte mixes classic samba hits from different generations. Perfect music for the perfect dance floor. Enjoy music, dancing, drinks and food at Rio Scenarium. Rio Scenarium – 11PM Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9000 Entrance: R$35 PUBS & BARS: Palaphita (Lagoa) Outdoors and situated on the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, this gorgeous venue offers more than just scenery, but also a great drink menu, featuring tasty caipifruit drinks and beer specials as well as dinner after 6PM. Palaphita – 11AM Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, Lagoa- Tel: (21) 2227-0837 Entrance: Free Mud Bug (Copacabana) With two locations in Copacabana, Mud Bug provides a great selection of beers and food. There isn’t much missing from this American-style staple where you can 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 drinks. Restaurante Mab’s – 9PM 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 London Pride and Heineken beer on draft. Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221.7236 Entrance: R$20 — To have an event included in the weekly Nightlife Guide, please email: events[at]riotimesonline[dot]com. – See more at: http://riotimesonline.com/brazil-news/rio-nightlife-guide/friday-october-4th-2013-nightlife-guide/#sthash.35RsVYW0.dpuf One Response to "Friday, February 21, 2014 Nightlife Guide" Pingback: Best Clubs in Rio de Janeiro for 2014 | The Rio Times | Brazil News Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.