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Nu Grooves

Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Nugrooves is back for party number four, featuring Triple Crown DJs Nepal, Jonas Rocha and Mary Zander. The project is spearheaded by DJ Joca-san and David Tabalipa. The trio have found much success with each other after such memorable appearances at Noon and closing for Pillow Talk.

The Nugrooves party began in 2004 in São Paulo at the hands of DJ and producer Rodrigo Ulson aka “Trotter’, the owner of Royal Soul Records, the first Brazilian label dedicated to nufunk, nubreaks and nujazz. Joca Vidal aka Joca-san and David Tabalipa, members of Royal Soul, represent the label here in Rio. Joca Vidal states, “What we want is to show the fusion between funk and electronic music – that’s what its all about.”


Orquestra Voador e Quizomba (Lapa)
Orquestra Voador is made of fifteen percussionists, brass and wind instrumentalists, whose result is explosive. Rhythms such as rock, funk, jazz and pop fused with sambas, and maracatus infect the public and create such funky rhythms, one would be crazy if they didn’t dance. They are joined by Quizomba for this Carnaval hangover party.
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 1 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: TBD


Vem Todo Mundo! (Botafogo)
Looking for something with a little bit of everything? Vem Todo Mundo combines the success of Woka Party, Festa do Bigode, Pop’n Roll and Quebrando a Cena to bring you this multitude of funk, pop and rock’n roll.
Clube de Regatas Guanabara – 11:30PM
Av. Repórter Nestor Moreira, 42 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2295-2597
Entrance: R$25 with Lista Amiga, R$30 without

Nugrooves Rio #4 (Copacabana)
Nugrooves Rio is back for their Fourth edition. Driven by DJs Joca-san and David Tabalipa, Nugrooves welcomes special guests Triple Crown, made up of Nepal, Jonas Rocha and Mary Zander. Accompanied by Bernardo Campos, the night will focus on nufunk, nubreaks and nujazz.
Fosfobox – 11:30PM
Rua Siqueira Campos, 143 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: R$30 with guest list, R$40 without

Playa D-Date (Copacabana)
D-Date returns in a truly unique and unforgettable fashion. The successful house party presents their first edition of Playa D-Date at the beautiful Aqueloo Beach Club, mounted inside the Forte de Copacabana. Enjoy an amazing day party filled with house music, beachside cabanas, drink specials, food and beautiful people. DJs include Rodrigo Ardilha, Bernardo Campos and DJ Kid Diesel from the Czech Republic.
Aqueloo Beach Club – 10AM
Praça Cel. Eugênio Franco, 1 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2521-1032
Entrance: Entrance: Check website

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Moyseis Marques (Lapa)
Singer and songwriter Moyseis Marques returns to Carioca da Gema to perform his special brand of samba with hits like “Pretinha Jóia Rara”, which was featured on the soap opera “Caminho das Índias”, from Rede Globo.
Carioca da Gema – 11:30PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 79 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$30

Juvenilia! (Botafogo)
Saloon 79 provides a great unique environment for drinking, eating and rocking out. Very fun decor and vibe, this original rocker bar gets loud at night with live bands. DJs Vinicius Leal & Guilherme Almeida will be rocking their indie pop and indie rock tonight.
Saloon 79 – 7PM
Rua Pinheiro Guimarães, 79 – Botafogo – Tel: (21) 7544-5151
Entrance: Check with venue


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

Gringo Cafe (Ipanema)
Come get your U.S.A. on at the Gringo Cafe, featuring all things great about America, including beers, food and atmosphere. Enjoy mac n cheese, sliders, Heineken and more.
Gringo Cafe – 10AM
Rua Barão da Torre, 240 Loja A – Ipanema
Entrance: Free

Mud Bug (Copacabana)
With two locations in Copacabana, Mud Bug providing a great selection of beers and a menu as well. There isn’t much missing from this American style staple. Also expect to hear live jazz, blues, MPB and rock from time to time.
Mud Bug – 5PM
Rua Rudolpho Dantas, 16 – Copacabana – Tel:(21) 2543-5052
Entrance: Free

Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
The new American-owned beachfront restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food and drinks to kick off Saturday night.
Restaurante Mab’s – 5PM
Avenida Atlantica, 1140 – Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Entrance: Free

Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
If you are up for some Irish beer and a nice environment to drink it in, this is the place to go. With its trendy decor, this pub attracts many different kinds of people and offers Guinness and the German brand of Erdinger.
Lapa Irish Pub – 5PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga, 147 – Lapa – Tel (21) 2221-7236
Entrance: R$10

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