Thursday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Rock in Rio returns for round two. Besides the headliners, acts worth checking out include Afrika Bambaataa (a huge influence on funk carioca) and house legend “Little” Louie Vega. The early set on the World Stage, with Brazilian rock legends Legião Urbana playing with a symphony orchestra, is also worth making a trip out to the Cidade do Rock in the daylight.
Rock in Rio (Barra de Tijuca)
The mega-concert event hosts Stevie Wonder, Jamiroquai, and Ke$ha on the main Palco Mundo (World Stage), with countless others around the City of Rock.
Parque Olímpico Cidade do Rock – 2PM
Entrance: R$190 (sold out)
Multiplicidade Festival (Flamengo)
Rio’s answer to Barcelona’s forward-thinking Sónar festival continues with Brazilian urban sound mappers Lise and L_ar.
Oi Futuro Flamengo – 7:30PM
Rua Dois de Dezembro, 63, Flamengo – Tel: (21) 3131-3060
Entrance: R$15, half price for students
Hip-hop mixes with MPB for some Thursday night fun.
Melt – 9PM
Rua Rita Ludolf, 47, Leblon – Tel: (21) 2249-9309
Entrance: Men R$25-60, Women Free-R$25
Veneno + Blackjack (Botafogo)
Rock and pop upstairs and down with this Thursday night mainstay, featuring Blackjack on the second floor.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: Free first 50 women until midnight, R$16 until midnight with lista amiga, R$20 after midnight with lista amiga, R$24 women and R$28 men without lista amiga
General Tom (Centro)
With the release of his album “Precept,” the composer Toninho Geraes makes his lyrics echo in unison at the tip of the tongue of the people of samba.
Carioca da Gema – 9:30PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 79 – Centro, Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Margareth Mendes (Centro)
With its musicality and warmth, combined with an eclectic repertoire, the singer leads the audience to a cultural journey through the paths of the samba.
Mistura Carioca – 9:30PM
Avenida Gomes Freire, 791 – Tel: (21) 7726-2206
Samba dá Sopa (Barra da Tijuca)
If you have a craving for samba and don’t have the energy to make it all the way to Lapa then this may be your best bet. Dance to the rhythms of ex-soccer player Junior do Flamengo.
Bom Sujeito – 9:30PM
Est da Barra Tijuca, 18, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro – Tel: (21) 2491-8955
Entrance: Price not available at press time.
PUBS & BARS:
Bar Bukowski (Botafogo)
An entire house with two floors with various rooms, DJs that play rock n’ roll, an outdoor patio and even a Wii on a projector. Always an intense party until the wee hours a la its namesake.
Bar Bukowski – 6PM
Rua Álvaro Ramos, 270, Botafogo – (21) 2244-7303 / 7701-8300
Entrance: R$30 (full price). R$25 (lista amiga via Orkut), R$22 (lista amiga via Facebook)
Live Music @ Balcony (Copacabana)
Great lunch specials, live music starting at 5:30PM and nightly drink specials and 20 percent off Entree plates for lunch and dinner until 7:00PM this month.
Avenida Atlantica, 1424, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2541 8381
Boteco Salvação (Botafogo)
Traditional boteco style with some extra finishing touches. A cozy atmosphere with nice TVs and pool tables upstairs.
Boteco Salvação – 6PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes, 55, Botafogo – (21) 2226-9691 / 2539-0216
Samba karaoke — better brush up on your Cartola!
Choperia Brazooka – 7PM
Avenida Mem de Sá 70, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2224-3236
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