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Arraiá la CumbiaFriday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Celebrationg Cumbia and the best of South American music, Latin rhythms, and their Afriacn roots, the Arraiá la Cumbia will take over the Rua do Marcado tonight.

The party will feature two stages. Piti and Nasty will spin for the Cumbia party while Sean Diss, Gui Toledo, and πollanda will spin for the Art Inn party.

The event is free and if previous editions are any indication, tonight promises to be lively. It’s a great way to discover more of the music South American has to offer.


The Maine (Lapa)
American rock band, The Maine returns to Circo Voador in Lapa to perform live tonight. The stop is part of their ongoing tour, “The Brazilian Candy 2015” held in support of their most recent release, American Candy. The band The Technicolors will open the night.
Circo Voador – 7PM
Rua dos Arcos, S/N, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2533-0354
Entrance: See venue for details.

Nelson da Rabeca and Thomas Rohrer (Castelo)
Tonight Quintavant Qtv will present a live performance by Nelson da Rabeca and Thomas Rohrer at Sala Funarte Sidney Miller in Castelo/Centro. Da Rabeca is known for playing the violin and for crafting violins using a machete typically used to cut sugar cane. Rohrer is a Swiss saxophonist and violinist who is know for exploring soundscapes and creating new sonic combinations.
Sala Funarte Sidney Miller – 7:30PM
R. da Imprensa, 16 – Castelo – Tel: (21) 2279-8104
Entrance: R$20

Folks (Méier)
Tonight the group Folks will launch their debut album live at Imperator Centro Cultural João Nogueira tonight. Formed in 2011, Folks is an independent band consisting of vocalist Kauan Calazans, bassist Vitor Carvalho, guitarist and vocalist Paulinho Barros, guitarist Sergio Sessim and drummer Ygor Helbourn.
Imperator Centro Cultural João Nogueira – 8PM
Rua Dias da Cruz 170, Méier– Tel: (21) 2597-3897
Entrance: R$10


Black Cave (Arpoador)
The Black Cave party returns to the Cave club in Aproador with special guest NYACK. Additionally during the night, DJs Nicole Nandes, David Levy, and Saraiva will spin the best of hip hop, funk, trap and more.
CAVE – 11:45PM
Rua Francisco Otaviano 20, Arpoador – Tel: (21) 3576-8024

Dancehall Business (Lapa)
Tonight OPS will host the fifth edition of the Dancehall Business party with MCs Sistah Mo Respect and Marcão Baixada performing live and DJs MPC of Digitaldubs and Ambassdor of The Groov spinning during the night.
OPS – 11:45PM
Rua dos Inválidos, 204/A Centro/Lapa – Tel: (21) 3576-8024

Nêga and Drag-se (Centro)
It’s time for the very best of hip hop, trap, and twerk as La Paz in Centro hosts the Nêga and Drag-se parties tonight. Natasha Fiercce, Nataliya Goncharova, Sirena Signus, and Ravena Creole will perfrom and DJs Rafa Maia, Ønírica, EveHive, Ravena Creole, Danjah Patra, Alma Negrot, and Chloe Van Damme will spin.
La Paz – 11PM
Rua do Rezende 82, Centro – Tel: (21) 2509-2403
Entrance: R$10 – R$30


Calling: Disconnection (Gávea)
Tonight the chic indoor/outdoor venue 00 (Zero Zero) in Gávea will host the Calling party, Disconnection edition.With the party celebrating different musical styles, groups, labels, clubs, and scenes with each event, this edition is mostly in honor of Magma, a collective created in 2014. DJs Leo LS2 and Renato Cohen will spin and DJs Godi and Peirão will spin a back-to-back set.
00 (Zero Zero) – 9PM
Av. Padre Leonel Franca 240, Gávea – Tel: (21) 2540-8041
Entrance: R$30 – R$60

Bruce Leroys and Giovannetti (Lagoa)
DJing duo Bruce Leroys and DJ Giovannetti Andrew Gracie and Franco Pellegrini will spin the best of house, deep house, nu disco, tech, electronic and EDM throughout the night at the posh club Miroir in Lagoa.
Miroir – 11PM
Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 1484, Lagoa– Tel:(21) 2513-3898
Entrance: See venue for details.

Tô Apaixonado (Ipanema)
Tonight the Praia Club, now located in Ipanema, will present Tô Apaixonado with MCs Smith and Fabz performing and DJ De Luca spinning during the night. Shots of José Cuervo will be free until 12AM.
Praia Club – 11PM
Rua Barão da Torre, 344 – Tel: (21) 9688 7404
Entrance: Entry is free until 12AM for women and R$30 for men with their names on the list.

Putzbrilha (Copacabana)
The Putzbrilha party returns to Fosfobox in Copacbana tonight. DJs Larissa Busch, D-Groov, Igor Kelner, Gabriel Monteiro, and Câmara will spin the best of pop, bass, hip hop, deep house, indie, and more throughout the event.
Fosfobox – 11PM
Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Entrance: R$43 – R$60

Crush (Botafogo)
The Crush party returns to Casa da Matriz in Botafogo tonight with DJs spinning the best of pop punk on the first floor. On the second floor during the night, DJs Julia Garcia and Pedro Mac will spin as part of the Shakethatass! party.
Casa da Matriz – 11PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Entrance: R$25 – R$40

Arraiá la Cumbia (Centro)
DJs Piti, Nasty, Sean Diss, Gui Toledo, and πollanda will spin for the Cumbia and Art Inn parties which will take place as part of the free Arraiá la Cumbia on Rua do Marcado tonight.
Arraiá la Cumbia – 10PM
Rua do Mercado, Praça XV.
Entrance: FREE

Cabeça (Praça da Bandeira)
Tonight Porto Pirata will host the second edition of the Cabeça party. Band Nonsense Samba will perform live and DJ Flávio Cesar will spin during the night.
Porto Pirata – 10PM
Rua Lópes de Sousa 24, Praça da Bandeira. – Tel: (21) 2520-2754
Entrance: See venue for details.

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Michel Gerard, Aninha Portal, and Camarão de Rama (Centro)
At 8PM, the group Camarão de Rama returns to Rio Scenarium to start off the night with the best of samba blended with maracatu, baião, choro, bossa nova and salsa. Singer Aninha Portal will follow at 11PM with her reinterpretations of works by Cartola, Nelson Cavaquinho, Paulinho da Viola, Roberto Ribeiro, Noel Rosa, Ary Barroso, Chico Buarque, Beth Carvalho, and Clara Nunes, among others. Then beginning at 2:30AM, Michel Gerard will perform the best of forró until the sunrise.
Rio Scenarium – 8PM, 11PM, and 2:30AM
Rua do Lavradio, 20 casa – Centro – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Entrance: R$25-R$40

Lapafest (Lapa)
It’s time again for Lapafest at Leviano bar tonight. Singer Lucas de Moraes will start off the night by performing his reinterpretations of works by Zeca Pagodinho, Jorge Aragão, and Clara Nunes, among others. Singer Mar César will follow with the best of samba. On the second floor during the night, the power trio Johnny’s will perform the best of international pop rock. Additionally, during the night DJs Márilo and Ailton Areas will spin the best of samba, sambalançco, funk, hip hop and electronic during show intervals.
Leviano – 7PM
Mem de Sá 47, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
Entrance: R$15-R$25 (Cash only)

Julio Esrela and Marina Iris with Rogê, Elisa Addor and Cristina Bhering (Lapa)
Tonight singer and guitarist Cristina Bhering will start things off at 8PM at Carioca da Gema and Elisa Addor will follow at 9:30PM. Then at 11:30PM, Julio Estrela and Marina Iris will perform with special guest Rogê.
Carioca da Gema – 8PM, 9:30PM and 11PM
Av. Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Entrance: R$30


Eleanors Bealtes Band @ Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
It’s time for the best of the Bealtes as the tribute band Eleanors Bealtes Band will perform live tonight at Lapa Irish Pub tonight. If you are looking for quality imported beers and a welcoming environment to drink them in while rocking out, this is the place to go.
Lapa Irish Pub – 8PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221-7236
Entrance: R$10

OMG Lounge (Leblon)
Opened in March, the OMG Lounge has been attracting both locals and tourists alike. In addition to offering an intimate atmosphere and new varieties of food and drinks, the venue is hosting events on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Tonight a DJ will spin live.
OMG Lounge – 9PM
Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, 1321, Leblon – Tel:(21) 3083-6486
Entrance: See venue for more information.

Teto Preto @ Saloon 79 (Botafogo)
Saloon 79 will present the Alien Nation party tonight with DJs Wilson Power, Kleber Tuma and special guest, São Paulo DJ, Alexandre Bezz spinning the best of rock’n’roll throughout the night.
Saloon 79 – House opens at 8:30PM and the DJs begin at 10:05PM
Rua Pinheiro Guimarães 79, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 7544-5151
Entrance: R$15 – R$25

Festa LáDo B: Pulse!@ Bar do B (Laranjeiras)
Tonight Bar do B in Laranjeiras will host Festa LáDo B: Pulse. DJs will spin the best of classic rock, pop rock, indie rock, new wave, trap, dubstep, EBM, Industrial and more throughout the night. Additionally, promotions will include two Budweisers for R$10; caipirinahs/caipivodka for R$10; and Smirnoff ICE for R$10.
Bar do B – 10PM
Rua das Laranjeiras 90, Laranjeiras – Tel: (21) 98477-2442
Entrance: R$12- R$25

Grecco @ The Clover Irish Pub (Copacabana)
Every Friday night the band Grecco is performing the best of hard rock, indie, punk, and classic rock live at The Clover Irish Pub in Copacabana.
The Clover Irish Pub – 9PM
Av. Atlântica 3546, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-8484
Entrance: See venue for details.

Groovebox (Ipanema)
Barzin Bar and Restaurant in Ipanema will host the Groovebox party tonight with DJ Daniel Faria spinning the best of hip hop, pop, and funk, spotlighting works by Daft Punk, David Guetta, Avicii, Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Swedish House Mafia, Jason Derulo, and Florence and the Machine, among others.
Barzin – 11PM
Rua Vinícius de Moraes 75, Ipanema
Entrance: R$20 – R$50

Mab’s Restaurant and Bar (Copacabana)
This American-owned restaurant and bar on Copacabana Beach is a great place for food, drinks and entertainment. Every night, Tony Boka is performing live from 8PM until 1AM. Boka is known for his varied repertoire that always pleases the crowd. Additionally during the month of June, Happy Hour specials on Mondays through Fridays, 6PM – 8PM, include two-for-one on draft beer and 50% off discount on petiscos (appetizers).
Restaurante Mab’s –Monday-Thursday 8AM-2AM, Friday-Saturday 24 hours
Avenida Atlantica 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Entrance: Free

Gringo Cafe (Ipanema)
The Gringo Cafe brings all things great about America to Ipanema, including beers, food and atmosphere. Go there to enjoy pancakes, real bagels, sliders, and more.
Gringo Cafe – 11AM
Rua Barão da Torre 240 Loja A, Ipanema- Tel: (21) 3813-3972
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 where, at times, you can hear live jazz, blues, MPB and rock.
Mud Bug – 5PM
Rua Rudolpho Dantas 16, Copacabana – Tel:(21) 2543-5052
Entrance: Free

Shenanigan’s (Ipanema)
With classic pub games like darts and pool, Ipanema’s Shenanigan’s is always a great spot to visit.
Shenanigan’s Irish Pub – 7PM
Rua Visconde de Pirajá 122A (Upstairs), Ipanema – Tel: (21) 2267-5860
Entrance: See venue for details.

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