Saturday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Very special guest Branko of Buraka Som Sistema will join the Wobble party tonight at Fosfobox in Copacabana.
Formed in 2006, the Portuguese group Buraka Som Sistema is well known for fusing the African genres of kuduro and zouk with bass, breakbeat and progressive dance music.
The event tonight is presented by Red Bull Music Academy and the Wobble party and will feature the DJs of Wobble Crew: Rodrigo S., Marginal Men, and Fabio Heinz. As always they will spin the best of trap, bass and house in the subsolo (basement) during the night.
During the night, DJs El Amaral, Bluntzzilla and Tesfon will also spin above at the fosfobar.
OSGEMEOS (Recreio dos Bandeirantes)
Famous urban artists OSGEMEOS arrive in Rio today to speak before an installation of their work at the Museu Casa do Pontal in Recreio dos Bandeirantes. OSGEMEOS (The Twins) are identical twins brothers Gustavo and Otávio Pandolfo. They began making graffiti in 1987 in São Paulo and have since become internationally recognized for their socially and politically-infused portraits of yellow characters which fill large-scale murals that have appeared around the world. Additionally, during the event today, singer-songwriter Siba will perform live at 7PM.
Museu Casa do Pontal – 3PM
Estrada do Pontal 3295, Recreio dos Bandeirantes – Tel: (21) 2490-2429
Entrance: See venue for details.
Blocos (Various Locations)
As Carnival 2015, approaches the free street parties known as blocos are already underway. More than twenty blocos and practices are scheduled to take place today across the city. Among today’s notable Bloco processions is Spanta Neném, who will meet at Ciclovia Da Lagoa (in front of Corte do Cantagalo/Parcão) in Lagoa and then parade beginnning at 1PM. Bloco Imprensa Que Eu Gamo will parade from 3PM-7PM starting from R. Gago Coutinho in Laranjeras. Turbilhão Carioca will parade in Barra da Tijuca from 5PM to 7PM. They gathering point will be at Pça. São Perpetuo (Pça. do Ó). The most anticipated bloco of the day for many will be the official Banda De Ipanema procession. Forty thousand are expected to attend the popular Zona Sul (South Zone’s) bloco’s parade. They will meet at Pça. General Osório in Ipanema at 5:30 PM and parade until 10PM.
It is important to note that meet-up points and locations of the bloco parades are subject to change.
Entrance: FREE, unless otherwise noted
Carnival 2015 Samba School Technical Rehearsals (Santo Cristo)
Tonight two more samba schools head to the Sambódromo to hold their technical rehearsals in preparation for their 2015 Carnival parades. São Clemente will hold their practice first at 8PM and Imperatriz Leopodinense will follow at 9:30 PM. Technical rehearsals are free and open to the public. While they do not include full costume and completed floats, they are still a great opportunity to preview each schools parade and to hear their samba-enredo (samba theme song) for this year.
Sambódromo – 8PM and 9:30 PM
Rua Marquês de Sapucaí, Santo Cristo
The Wobble party is back tonight at CAVE in Arpoador with very special guest Branko of Buraka Som Sistema. As always, the night will feature the best of trap, house and hip-hop and the Wobble crew with Rodrigo S. Fabio Heinz Marginal Men taking the decks to prove why this is one of the best parties in the city.
Fosfobox – 11PM
Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Rock n Glow (Botafogo)
Tonight at Casa da Matriz in Botafogo it’s once again time for black lights, neon and rock as the Rock n Glow party returns. DJs miga_zz, Lis Amaral, Rodrigues and Bruno Menescal will spin and promotions will include two for one caipivodkas until 1AM. There will also be very special glow-in-the-dark popsicles.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Turnê Room Six (Lagoa)
Tonight the posh venue Miroir in Lagoa presents the Turnê Room Six event with DJs Thiago Mansur, Carol Legally and Vavá spinning the best of EDM and house.
Miroir – 11PM
Avenida Epitácio Pessoa 1484, Lagoa – Tel:(21) 2513-3898
Entrance: See venue for details.
Samba de Santa Clara (Gávea)
Tonight 00 in Gávea will host the Samba de Santa Clara party with Gigga, JR Mahr and Mary Lou performing live.
00 (Zero Zero) – 5PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Happy Days (Lagoa)
Tonight it’s time for the best of hip-hop, rock, funk, and pop as Praia Club in Lagoa hosts the second edition of the Happy Days party. DJs Convidado, Beto Artista and Felipe Rosa will spin. There will also be a special Dobradinha DJ set. Promotions during the night will include two for one Smirnoff Ice until 12AM and two for one Budweiser all night.
Praia Club – 11PM
Avenida Borges de Medeiros 1426, Lagoa – Tel: (21) 3798-0552
Claudinho Guimarães and Marina Iris (Lapa)
Singer Marina Iris will start the night off at Carioca da Gema at 9:30 PM and instrumentalist Claudinho Guimarães will follow at 11:30 PM. Guimarães released his first album entitled, A Luz do Criador in 2009 and is well known for his lively performances.
Carioca da Gema – 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM
Av. Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Trio pé de Serra, Batuque ne Conzinha and Janaína Moreno (Centro)
Tonight singer Janaína Moreno returns with the best of MPB and samba to start off the night at Rio Scenarium at 8PM. The group Batuque ne Conzinha will follow with the best of samba at 11PM. Then, beginning at 2:30 AM, Trio pé de Serra will perform the best of forró until sunrise.
Rio Scenarium – 8PM, 11PM, and 2:30 AM
Rua do Lavradio 20 casa, Centro – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Festa Eclipse (Lapa)
Tonight the Leviano Rock night returns with live bands delivering performances of the best of rock on both floors of Lapa’s Leviano bar.
Leviano – 9PM
Mem de Sá 47, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
PUBS & BARS:
Folkakemi Quinteto @ Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
It’s time for the best of jazz as Folkakemi Quinteto performs live tonight at Lapa Irish Pub. If you are looking to hear some great live music while drinking some quality imported beers in a welcoming environment with a friendly crowd, this is the place to go tonight.
Lapa Irish Pub – 9PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221-7236
Saloon 79 (Botafogo)
Saloon 79 provides a unique environment for drinking, eating and rocking out. The fun indoor decor creates a great vibe and this original rocker bar gets loud at night with live bands.
Saloon 79 – 7PM
Rua Pinheiro Guimarães 79, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 7544-5151
Ferro e Farinha (Catete)
New Yorker and Pizza Chef Sei Shiroma has moved his mobile oven into a permanent restaurant in Catete and it’s a great place to drop in before heading out for a night on the town. With Shiroma’s Neapolitan-style gourmet pizza finished off with unique toppings that have included spicy honey, grana padano, zucchini, salt-cured eggplant, beets, watercress, orange balsamic vinaigrette lemon, and caramelized onions, Ferro e Farinha is quickly gaining popularity in Rio.
Ferro e Farinha – Wednesday through Sunday, 7PM to 11:30 PM (hours may be subject to change)
Rua Andrade Pertence 42D, Catete
Gringo Cafe (Ipanema)
The Gringo Cafe brings all things great about America to Ipanema, including beers, food and atmosphere. Go there to enjoy pancakes, real bagels, sliders, and more.
Gringo Cafe – 11AM
Rua Barão da Torre 240 Loja A, Ipanema- Tel: (21) 3813-3972
Academia da Cachaça (Leblon)
For all things cachaça go here; it’s their specialty. They offer great caipifrutas and caipirinhas.
Academia da Cachaça – 9PM
R. Conde Bernadotte 26, Leblon – (21) 2239-1542
Lord Jim’s Pub (Ipanema)
This is the oldest pub in Rio and it’s well known for its live music and happy hour.
Lord Jim’s Pub – 7PM
Rua Paul Redfern 44, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2249-4881
Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
This American-owned restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and drinks. Additionally, every Saturday, Sunday, Thursday and Friday night, Tony Boka performs live from 8PM until midnight. Boka is known for his varied repertoire that always pleases the crowd.
Restaurante Mab’s –Monday-Thursday 9AM-3AM, Friday-Saturday 9AM-9AM
Avenida Atlantica 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
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