Thursday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Tonight bands The Highjack and Pessoal da Nasa will perform live at Imperator Centro Cultural João Nogueira in Méier as the venue presents another edition of the Imperator Novo Rock event.
The event is part of the Rio Novo Rock initiative which promotes Rio’s independent music scene and up-and-coming bands in the city.
Formed in Rio in 2013, The Highjack is scheduled to release their debut album later this year. The band consists of vocalist and guitarist Gabriel Galled Moura, guitarist Matheus Cecatto, bassist Lucas Rohloff, and drummer Raphael Paci.
Influenced by British rock, grunge and Brazilian music, the band Pessoal da Nasa formed in 2011. They have released one EP and members include lead singer Dado Oliveira, bassist Gui Cavalcanti, and drummer Bruno Castro.
In addition to the live performances tonight, DJ Guzz will spin and VJ Luciano Cian will provide visuals.
Caçapa: “Elefantes na Rua Nova” (Botafogo)
Tonight Quintavant Qtv presents Rodrigo “Caçapa” and “Elefantes na Rua Nova” (“Elefantes on a New Street”), a double-album and new project by the composer, producer, and guitarist that blends the genre of Brazilian popular music with Baião and Côco to create unique, groundbreaking sounds.
Audio Rebel – 8PM
Visconde de Silva 55, Botafogo– Tel: (21) 3435-2692
Imperator Novo Rock (Méier)
Tonight Imperator Centro Cultural João Nogueira in Méir will host Imperator Novo Rock with bands The Highjack and Pessoal da Nasa performing live. Additionally during the night, DJ Guzz the Fuzz will spin and VJ Luciano Cian will provide visuals.
Imperator Centro Cultural João Nogueira – 8PM
Rua Dias da Cruz 170, Méier– Tel: (21) 2597-3897
It’s time again for the best of trap, twerk, bass, boom bap, deep house and techno as the Porn party returns to Fosfobox in Copacabana tonight. DJs Erik Skratch, Nobru Black, Michel Nox, and Marginal Mena will spin in the subsolo (basement) with Bernardo De Marsillac Romeiro Neto serving as master of ceremonies. Additionally, Breaking Leg’s, Bru Campos, and Pedro Piu will spin above at the Fosfobar during the night.
Fosfobox – 11PM
Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
SuperFuzz Rock Club with KHAOS (Copacabana)
Tonight the Top of Pestana venue in Copacabana will host the SuperFuzz Rock Club with band KHAOS performing live. Additionally during the night, DJs Wilson Power, Ricardo Abrahin, Kleber Tuma and Jr. Mahr. will spin. The Top of Pestana, with its location on the rooftop of the Pestana Rio Atlântica hotel facing the famous Copacabana beach is a venue offers a unique and sophisticated environment. The space previously hosted Rio Music Conference (RMC) events and was home to the BudHotel events during last year’s World Cup tournament.
Top of Pestana – 9PM
Avenida Atlântica 2964, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 97547-4075
Entrance: R$30 – R$70
For more information and to make reservations: reservas[at]topofpestana[dot]com.br
Veneno and Catraca (Botafogo)
It’s time again for the Veneno party tonight at Botafogo’s Casa da Matriz. For over ten years the weekly events, filled with good music and beautiful people, have helped start weekends early in Rio. Tonight will be no exception as DJs Tulio Araujo and Beto Artista will spin the best of rock and pop on the first floor and the Catraca party will take over the second floor during the night.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Old is Black (Gávea)
The Old is Black party is back tonight at Gávea’s chic club 00 (Zero Zero) with DJs RV, Vinelli, Lulinha, and Farinha spinning the best of Motown, soul, bambatta, club bangers and trap throughout the night.
00 (Zero Zero) – 9PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Naldo Benny (Lagoa)
Tonight the posh Miroir club in Lagoa will host popstar Naldo Benny spinning live with guests Bob Rum and Márcio G.
Miroir – 11PM
Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 1484, Lagoa– Tel:(21) 2513-3898, Whatsapp: (21) 97577-2525
Entrance: See venue for details.
Tonight the Praia Club, now located in Ipanema, will host the IBMEC party with Bruce Leroys, Bangerz, Vitinho, and resident DJ, De Luca spinning deep house and more throughout the event.
Praia Club – 10PM
Rua Barão da Torre, 344 – Tel: (21) 9688 7404
Artigo Esgotado and Chico Salles (Centro)
Chico Salles will start things off at Rio Scenarium tonight at 7:30PM with the best of samba. The group Artigo Esgotado will follow with more lively samba, beginning at 10:30PM
Rio Scenarium – 7:30PM and 10:30PM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Centro – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Entrance: R$25- R$40
Salsa and Forró Leviano (Lapa)
Tonight at Lapa’s Leviano bar it’s time to dance as the group Mano a Mano starts things off at 8PM with salsa and merengue on the first floor. Later on the second floor the weekly Forró Leviano party will present a live performance by Marcelo Mimoso. Additionally, DJ Angolano will spin salsa and DJ Léo Araripe will spin forró during the night.
Leviano – 8PM
Mem de Sá 47, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
Entrance: R$15-R$25 (Cash only)
Tempero Carioca and Nelson Felix (Lapa)
It’s all about samba tonight at Lapa’s Carioca da Gema as singer Nelson Felix gets things started at 8:30PM and Tempero Carioca follows at 10:30PM with veterans of the genre delivering one of the best rodas de samba in the city tonight.
Carioca da Gema – 8:30PM and 10:30PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 79 , Centro – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
PUBS & BARS:
Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
If you want to hear great live music while drinking some quality imported beers in a welcoming environment with a friendly crowd, this is the place to go. Three bands will be performing live tonight.
Lapa Irish Pub
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221-7236
OMG Lounge (Leblon)
Tonight it`s time for the best of live jazz at the new OMG Lounge in Leblon. Opened in March, the OMG Lounge has been attracting both locals and tourists alike. In addition to offering an intimate atmosphere and new varieties of food and drinks, the venue is hosting events on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
OMG Lounge – 9PM
Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, 1321, Leblon – Tel:(21) 3083-6486
Entrance: See venue for more information.
Don’t Hide (Ipanema)
Tonight The Da Vincci Lounge in Ipanema will host the Don’t Hide weekly party. Caipirinhas will be free until midnight and DJs Ricardo Martins and Guga Fernandes will spin the best of house, deep house, reggaeton, cumbia, hip hop and funk chic throughout the night.
Da Vincci Lounge – 11PM
Rua Gomes Carneiro, 132, IPANEMA – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Surf Rock @ Saloon 79 (Botafogo)
The band Beach Combers and musician Gabriel Thomaz will perform live tonight at Saloon 79 for the Surf Rock party. Additionally, DJ Teddy-O will spin the best of garage rockabilly during the night. Promotions will include two-for-one specials on Cuba Libre and Hi-fi.
Saloon 79 – House will open at 7PM and the show will begin at approximately 9PM.
Rua Pinheiro Guimarães 79, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 7544-5151
With classic pub games like darts and pool, Ipanema’s Shenanigan’s is always a great spot to visit. Happy Hour is dose dupla (two for one) on Thursdays 6PM-8PM.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 6PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: See venue for details.
Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
This American-owned restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food, drinks and entertainment. Every night, Tony Boka is performing live from 8PM until midnight. Boka is known for his varied repertoire that always pleases the crowd.
Restaurante Mab’s –Monday-Thursday 8AM-2AM, Friday-Saturday 24 hours
Avenida Atlantica 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
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