Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Circo Voador is going to be a funky mess of great music and intense musical rhythms. Orquestra Voadora are the hottest thing floating around Brazil right now, with their keen sense of funk and big- band beats. They have just returned from their European tour and it seems they made some new friends. They are playing host to Les Fines Polletes and Dumb and Brass, two similar-style bands from France. Expect to dance your tail off on Friday, because this show will be one big beat banging good time.
Orquestra Voadora with guests Les Fines Polletes & Dumb and Brass (Lapa)
Hometown hero’s Orquestra Voadora are nothing less than spectacular with their blend of big band funk, covering hits from James Brown to Michael Jackson from their 15 piece ensemble. This Friday, however, will be sure to knock your socks off with funk as they invite the France based groups Les Fines Polettes and Dumb and Brass. With all these instruments and funk-filled musicians, the night is sure to be one for the books.
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 1, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: Contact venue
Friday night is Becape at 00, with resident DJ Saddam. Becape has been representing the hip hop side of Rio de Janeiro for many years now, celebrating the best in underground hip hop, dub, funk and reggae.
00 – 10PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
If you were at Fosfobox on Thursday, you better save your handstamp and come back on Friday for a night with local legend Mauricio Lopes. He will be playing his unique sound of house and tech-house along with support from DJs Nana Torres and Mari Parelli.
Fosfobox – 11PM
Rua Siqueira Campos, 143, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: Tickets start at R$30
Nuth (Barra da Tijuca)
The biggest thing to hit the streets of Barra & Lagoa. Two locations with the same game plan to make sure the night never ends for those who attend. A mixture of house, HipHop, and pop, this nightclub is sure to light up the night.
Nuth – 11PM
Av. Armando Lombardi 999, Barra de Tijuca – Tel: (21) 3153-8595/ 2495-6008
Entrance: Contact venue
Rodrigo Carvalho (Lapa)
Come enjoy Rodrigo Carvalho as he demonstrates the best of Samba music. Samba music in Rio is served best in Lapa, so get their early.
Café Cultural Sacrilégio – 9PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 81, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3970-1461
Samba do Carlinhos de Jesus (Lapa)
Samba do Carlinhos de Jesus comes to Lapa 40º accompanied by dancers and drummers of the classic samba carioca style.
Lapa 40º – 10PM
Rua do Riachuelo, 97, Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9005
PUBS & BARS:
Expand Wine Bar (Ipanema)
For a more laid back night with your significant other, Expand Wine Bar is the place to go if you insist on seeing the best wine selection. Sample top-quality and boutique wines, accompanied by pleasant music and small wine dishes.
Expand Wine Bar – 9AM
Rua Barão da Torre 358, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2523-2747
Entrance: Not available at time of press
Shenanigan’s Live Music (Ipanema)
Shenanigan’s is always a good choice, with live music, all the sports games and all sorts of pub games such as darts and the only pool table in Ipanema.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 7PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: R$25 after 8PM
Blue Agave (Ipanema)
Some of the best Mexican food — and the best margarita — in Rio, plus live American and European sports on TV. They also have their new second location in Copacabana.
Blue Agave – 12PM
Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 68, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
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