Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – O Rappa is a multi- Latin Grammy nominated Brazilian band from Rio de Janeiro. They blend many styles such as rock, reggae, funk, hip hop and samba. O Rappa’s songs contain sharp protests against the social problems occurring in Brazil and the members of the band themselves are supporters of numerous social projects. Tonight the band returns to Circo Voador, home to many epic shows from the band. Expect to hear the hits from “The Fair”, “My Soul (The Peace I Do not Want)” and covers explosives as “Hey Joe.” They are releasing a new album, titled “O Rappa- Live,” which will highlight their funky, dubbed out sound along with their influential and political fueled lyrics. LIVE: O Rappa (Lapa) O Rappa is one of the biggest and most recognized names in Brazilian music today. With their variety of sounds including dub, reggae and rock, the band has shared the stage with some of the top names in the industry such as Foo Fighters and Black Sabbath. The boys return to Circo Voador tonight for a special show. Circo Voador – 10PM Rua dos Arcos, 1, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354 Entrance: R$140 CLUBS: Badalo (Centro) Sao Paulo invades Rio de Janeiro tonight with Badalo, a monthly party born in Sao Paulo. DJs will let loose at Espaço Acústica, one of the few three story venues in Rio. Expect pop, top hits and a variety of other sounds. Espaço Acústica – 11PM Praça Tiradentes, nº 02 e 04, Centro – Tel: (21) 2222-7525 Entrance: R$25 with guest list, R$35 without A Festa da Revista DJ Sound (Gávea) The Beautiful People Club present A Festa da Revista DJ Sound, one of the biggest electronic music magazines in Brazil, with a special lineup featuring The Altruists, winner of best live performance in 2012. Support also from Da Cat of Pacha, Fernando Voight and Jorge Kiiver. 00 – 10PM Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041 Entrance: Tickets range from R$30 to R$70 MÚSICA BRASILEIRA: João Gabriel (Lapa) João Gabriel is an up and coming star of sertaneja and pop, having sold over 100,000 albums in Salvador. He will also begin his first international tour in September, so be sure not to miss his show tonight at Lapa 40º. Lapa 40º – 11:30 PM Rua do Riachuelo, 97, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9005 Entrance: R$40 Sexta Groove (Lapa) Friday nights are groove nights at La Passion! Enjoy your top Brazilian tunes played by DJs Duda Santtos, Franco Pellegrini, Andrew Gracie and DJ Marcio Rocha in the heart of Lapa. La Passion – 10PM Av. Augusto Severo, 200, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224-4263 Entrance: R$40 PUBS & BARS: Meza Bar (Humaitá) Meza bar serves excellent tapas-style plates along with a classy menu of quality drinks and shots. A very unique atmosphere and hip menu makes Meza bar one of Rio’s favorite nighttime locations. Meza Bar – 9PM R. Capitão Salomão, 69, Humaitá – Tel: (21) 3239-1951 Entrance: R$15 Shenanigan’s Live Music (Ipanema) Shenanigan’s is always a good choice, with live music, sports games and all sorts of pub games such as darts and the only pool table in Ipanema. Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 7PM Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860 Entrance: R$25 after 8PM Blue Agave (Ipanema) Some of the best Mexican food — and the best margaritas — in Rio, plus live American and European sports on TV. They also have their new second location in Copacabana. Blue Agave Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 68, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-9271 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. 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 drinks to kick off Saturday night. 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 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.