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Friday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Studio RJ is hosting a truly special event tonight as DJ, producer and radio personality Saddam celebrates his 25-year career in radio with Back II Black. Tonight’s event will feature some of Rio’s top talent of cuts and scratches, including DJ Pachu, Rapha Lima, DJ Zedoroque and some surprise guests.

DJ Saddam began his radio career in May 1988 as a production trainee at Manchete AM. Today, he produces and hosts the hit program Hip-Hop Transamerica every Friday from 9PM to 10PM. This program was the first to make room for the Brazilian rap and pop in radio as well as to present championship MCs battles and freestyles live on air. These sessions included improvised rhymes from special guests such as Flavor Flav of Public Enemy, Timbo King of the Wu Tang Clan and P. Bomb from 7th Octave.


Tom zé + Rogério Skylab (Lapa)
Tom Zé and Rogério Skylab will take the stage tonight at Circo Voador and present a repertoire which will appeal to Brazilian music lovers of all generations. Their philosophy is a short coffee and whiskey with no ice. What more needs to be said?
Circo Voador – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 1, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: R$80

Fundição Reggae Music (Lapa)
Fundição Reggae Music presents the top talent of reggae, including appearances from The Wailers, Duane Stephenson, Monte Zion, Cidade Verde and DJ Andread. This event promises to be an epic one, so get your tickets early.
Fundição Progresso – 10PM
Rua dos Arcos, 24 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2220-5070
Entrance: R$30


Back II Black- Especial DJ Saddam 25 Anos de Rádio (Arpoador)
DJ heavyweight Saddam presents Back II Black at Studio RJ for the first time. DJ Saddam is an iconic name in hip hop here in Rio de Janeiro. From party production to various DJ appearances, when you think of black music and hip hop in Rio, DJ Saddam is at the top of the list as a true master of craft.
Studio RJ – 8:30 PM
Av. Vieira Souto, 110, Arpoador – Tel: (21) 2523-1204
Entrance: R$25 with guest list, R$50 otherwise

Rio Jazz Club (Copacabana)
With the goal of bringing quality music to the south zone of Rio de Janeiro, The Rio Jazz Club was formed at the unique Pura Vida Hostel in Copacabana. Tonight will feature jazz group O Bondesom.
Pura Vida Hostel – 11PM
Rua Saint Roman 20- Copacabana – Tel: (21) 9299-9709 / 9266-5667
Entrance: R$20 until 10PM, R$35 after

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Luiza Dionizio (Lapa)
Singer and songwriter Luiza Dionizio returns to Carioca da Gema to perform her special brand of samba.
Carioca da Gema – 11:30 PM
Av. Mem de Sá, 79 – Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$30

Sururu na Roda (Lapa)
Sururu na Roda interprets their favorite composers and songwriters over a ten-year career, with three CDs and various performances all over Rio.
Rio Scenarium – 11PM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Lapa – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Entrance: R$35


Saloon 79 (Botafogo)
Saloon 79 provides a unique environment for drinking, eating and rocking out. Very fun decor and vibe, this original rocker bar gets loud at night with live bands.
Saloon 79 – 7PM
Rua Pinheiro Guimarães 79- Botafogo – Tel: (21) 7544-5151
Entrance: Check with venue

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
Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 68, Ipanema – Tel: (21) 3592-9271
Entrance: Free

Mud Bug (Copacabana)
With two locations in Copacabana, Mud Bug provides a great selection of beers and food. There isn’t much missing from this American-style staple. Also expect to hear live jazz, blues, MPB and rock from.
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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