Thursday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Brazilian singer-songwriter Paula Fernandes will bring the best of sertanejo (Brazilian country) and MPB (Popular Brazilain Music) to Barra Music in Jacarepagua tonight. Fernandes is well known for her songs that include; “Eu Sem Você“, “Pássaro De Fogo“, and “Pra Você.”
The Minas Gerais native has released four full-length studio albums. Her most recent release entitled, Meus Encantos, sold over one million copies in Brazil and was certified Diamond by the Brazilian Association of Record Producers (ABPD).
Her two live albums; 2011’s Paula Fernandes: Ao Vivo and 2013’s Multishow Ao Vivo: Um Ser Amor, saw even greater success, selling a combined six million copies in Brazil to date.
Fernandes has also performed live with big names in the international scene, including, American Country music singer Taylor Swift. For fans of sertanejo (Brazilian country), this is a not-to-be-missed night.
Paula Fernandes (Jacarepagua)
Ramada presents Paula Fernandes “Um Ser Amor”, a live Multishow event.
Barra Music – 10:30 PM
Avenida Ayrton Senna 5850, Jacarepagua – Tel: (21) 3303-1000
Tonight São Paulo native Criolo returns to Lapa’s Circo Voador to present two new songs; “Duas de Cinco” and “Coccix-ência”, as well as works from his latest album, entitled, “Nó na Orelha”. DJ Zé Pretim and João Brasil will also perform tonight.
Circo Voador– 8PM
Rua dos Arcos, S/N, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Blues Festival with Charles Zanol, Otávio Rocha and Décio Caetano (Laranjeiras)
Tonight Bar do B in Laranjeiras will hold the fourth night of the 2014 Blues Festival. Vocalist Charles Zanol and guitarist Otávio Rocha will host, while Beto Werther will be on drums with Ugo Perrota on bass. Special guest, guitarist Décio Caetano will join them.
Bar do B – Doors open 8PM and show is scheduled to begin at 9PM.
Rua das Laranjeiras 90, Laranjeiras – Tel: (21) 9323-1792Entrance: R$25
Michael Winter (Botafogo)
Tonight Quintavant presents second show with American composer Michael Winter at Botafogo’s Audio Rebel. Winter is known for his experimental compositions and his work with open source and free music.
Audio Rebel – 8PM
Rua Visconde de Silva 55, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 3435-2692
Old is Black (Gávea)
Resident DJs Farinha, Bruno Vineli, Lulinha and RV will spin the best of Motwon, soul, bambatta, trap and more at 00 in Gávea tonight. This chic indoor/outdoor venue is home to a killer dance floor and is known to serve great food and drinks.
00 – 10PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
DJ Thascya will bring the best of electro and house to Lagoa’s Miroir tonight. Thascya was voted Best Female DJ in Brazil in 2011 and DJ of the year in 2012 by House Mag.
Miroir – 11PM
Av. Epitácio Pessoa, 1484, Lagoa – Tel:(21) 2513-3898
Entrance-See Venue for details
Casa da Matriz’s weekly Veneno events, filled with good music and beautiful people, have helped weekends start early in Rio for over ten years. Tonight is no exception as DJs Tulio and Beto Artista, get the party rolling with pop and rock anthems.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
“Rio em Chamas”/”Rio in Flames” Film Premiere (Centro)
Tonight Cine Odeon will host the premiere of “Rio em Chamas” (“Rio in Flames”), a collective work produced in Rio de Janeiro between mid-2013 and early 2014 that focuses on the massive protests and unrest the city faced during that time period. See the trailer here.
Cine Odeon– 6:40 PM
Praça Floriano, 7, Cinelândia – Tel:(21) 2513-3898
Entrance: Contact venue for details.
Open Air Film Screening- Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (Glória)
Tonight at Marina da Glória, the Vivo Open Air festival continues with a screening of 2013′s “Iron Man 3″. Brazilian singer Céu will follow with a performance that will include her cover of Bob Marley’s “Catch a Fire”.
Vivo Open Air– 7:30 PM
Marina da Glória, Av. Infante Dom Henrique, s/n, Glória
Forró and Salsa Leviano (Lapa)
Tonight at Lapa’s Leviano bar, the group Mano a Mano starts things off with salsa and merengue on the first floor, while on the second floor, groups Mala e Cuia and Trio Pé de Serra will play some of best new forró pé de serra in Rio.
Leviano – 8PM – 5AM
Mem de Sá 47, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
Felipe Oliveira Quintet (Centro)
Tonight at Centro’s Santo Scenarium the Felipe Oliveira Quintet presents the works of Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Cole Porter, and Egberto Gismonti, among others. This bar and restaurant is well known for presenting some of the best jazz, chorinho and samba-jazz in Rio.
Santo Scenarium – 7PM
Rua do Lavradio, 36, Centro – Tel: (21) 3147-9007
Cartola de Noel and Gilmar Ferreira, Trombone de Gafieira(Centro)
Tonight beginning at 7:30 PM, the group Cartola de Noel returns to bring the best of samba to Centro’s Rio Scenarium through their reinterpretations of the works of Noel Rosa, Cartola and Geraldo Pereira. At 10:30 PM Gilmar Ferreira, better known as Trombone de Gafieira, will present the best of chorinho.
Rio Scenarium – 7:30 PM and 10:30 PM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Centro – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Entrance: R$ 25- R$40
Tempero Carioca (Lapa)
It’s all about roda de samba at Carioca da Gema tonight. Inácio Rios will get things started at 8:30 PM and Tempero Carioca will begin at 10:30 PM with the veterans of samba taking those in attendance on a musical tour of the history of the city’s signature sound.
Carioca da Gema – 8:30 PM
Av. Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
PUBS & BARS:
Blue Agave (Ipanema)
It’s Language Exchange night at the Blue Agave in Ipanema. Set up like speed dating, native English speakers will be paired up with native Portuguese speakers at tables. The pairs will then speak English for five minutes followed by Portuguese for five minutes. After those ten minutes, each speaker will move on to a new table and conversation partner. It’s a fun, educational event and a great opportunity to mix and mingle with native speakers of both English and Portuguese.
Blue Agave – 8PM
Rua Vinicius de Moraes 68, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
Clube La Esquina-Claudio Costa and Playmobille(Lapa)
Tonight in Lapa, Claudio Costa and the band Playmobille will play MPB and rock live at La Esquina.
La Esquina Teatro Bar – 9PM
Rua Mem de Sá 82, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
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
Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
This American-owned beachfront restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and drinks.
Restaurante Mab’s – 9AM
Av. Atlântica 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
Banda Punching Namard brings Irish music to the Lapa Irish Pub tonight. Located beside Lapa’s famous Arcos da Lapa (Lapa Arches), this pub is known to draw a fun and energetic crowd and tonight should be no exception. They offer a wide selection of quality imported beers and the decor with its welcoming and familiar feel, makes it a great place to drink them in while rocking out.
Lapa Irish Pub – 8PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-7236
The Clover (Copacabana)
Come enjoy the true benefits of an upscale pub including great imported beers and a great environment.
The Clover Irish Pub – 7PM
Av. Atlântica 3.056 Lj. B, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-8484
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