Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – The Rio Music Conference is in full swing and tonight will present the one and only Fatboy Slim at the Marina da Gloria. Fatboy Slim is a globally recognized DJ with various productions, music videos and amazing live shows. Not many DJs have the ability to crossover from underground to mainstream and back again the way that Norman Cook aka. Fatboy Slim does. His music is played around the world, simultaneously on commercial radio and by top club DJs. A career that has spanned 30 years, and that grew out of a love of sharing music, continues to evolve as Fatboy Slim headlines festivals around the world. Carnaval Samba Parade – Access Groups at the Sambadromo (Lapa) Composed of 19 of Rio’s biggest samba schools, the competition is fierce in this category, as the winner makes it to the Special Group parade of the following year. This is the best option for those who do not want to spend huge amounts of money, but are still interested in watching exceptional performances. Sambadromo – 10PM Rua Marquês de Sapucaí, Santo Cristo – Tel: (21) 2533-0354 Entrance: Check with venue CLUBS: Rio Music Conference presents Fatboy Slim (Gloria) The Rio Music Conference is off and running in its third year, this time bringing DJs from all over the globe to perform. Tonight its none other that Fatboy Slim playing his funky breaky style along Tom Staar, Rodrigo Ferrari and Paula Pedroza. Marina da Gloria – 11PM Av. Infante Dom Henrique,s/n – Marina da Gloria – Glória – Tel: (21)2555-2200 Entrance: Check with venue Blast (Buzios) No better way to spend a Saturday than an outdoor beach club playing funky techno and house. Come get down at Blast in Buzios with DJs Glen, Cadu Novelino, Nana Torres and Fabo. Fishbone – 4PM Av. Gravatas, 1196, Praia de Geribá – Tel: (22) 2623-7348 Entrance: R$30 MÚSICA BRASILEIRA: Bloco Cordão da Bola Preta (Centro) Cordão da Bola Preta has a strong following and is perhaps one of the most famous of the Centro district blocos. Be ready for some madness as this bloco usually attracts around two million people! Cordão da Bola Preta – 9AM Centro Bloco Dois Pra Lá Dois Pra Cá (Botafogo) Dois Pra Lá Dois Pra Cá is one of the busiest blocos which begins in Botafogo and finishes in front of the Copacabana Palace hotel on the beachfront. Playing a rich mix of samba, this bloco is always a hit with residents and tourists alike, covering some good ground through the surrounding streets. The bloco starts on Rua Álvaro Ramos. Bloco Dois Pra Lá Dois Pra Cá – 10AM Botafogo 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 – 6:00PM Rua Jardim Botânico , 129, Jardim Botanico – Tel: (47) 3366-0311 Entrance: Free Lord Jim’s Pub (Ipanema) The oldest pub in Rio in its newest guise and a great local crowd. Known for its live music and happy hour. Lord Jim’s Pub – 7PM Rua Paul Redfern, 44, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2249-4881 Entrance: Not available at time of press 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.