Wednesday’s Rio Nightlife Pick – Tonight the American alternative band, Smashing Pumpikns will perform live at Citibank Hall in Barra da Tijuca. The Californian quintet, Young the Giant will open for the night.
Founded by singer-songwriter and guitarist Billy Corgan in 1988, The Smashing Pumpkins grew to be one of the most influential alternative bands in the 90s and continue to maintain a worldwide fanbase. To date, they have released eight studio albums, which include tracks ranging from metal inspired grunge, to softer alternative, to goth infused rock to psychedelic indie, to pure rock. The release date for their tenth album is anticipated for later this year or the beginning of 2016.
The group, Young the Giant, released their debut album in 2010 and are known for hits that include “My Body”, “Apartment”, and “Cough Syrup.
Both groups are part of the 2015 São Paulo Lollapalooza lineup.
Smashing Pumpkins and Young the Giant (Barra da Tijuca)
Tonight the Smashing Pumpkins and Young the Giant will perform live at Citibank Hall in Barra da Tijuca.
Citibank Hall – 9:20PM
Av. Ayrton Senna 3000, Barra da Tijuca – Tel: (21) 2156-7300
Copa Funk Party (Copacabana)
The Copa Funk Party is back at Copacabana’s Fosfobox tonight with DJs spinning the best of funk, hip-hop, and Latin rhythms. Event promotions include unlimited caipifrutas from 11PM to 12AM.
Fosfobox – 11PM
Rua Siqueira Campos 143, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2548-7498
Lollapalooza Countdown @ Karaokê Indie (Botafogo)
Tonight the weekly Karaokê Indie party is celebrating the countdown to the upcoming Lollapalooza music festival in São Paulo on March 28th and 29nd. During the karaoke event, on the first floor there will be special giveaways of the CDs, DVDs, shirts, books, buttons and more of the artists in this year’s lineup. On the second floor DJ Mamede with spin the best of bands and artists that have perviously performed at Lollapalooza, including NIN, Pixies, New Order, Phoenix, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters, and more. Additionally during the night, promotions will include two for one specials on five drinks: caipirinha, caipivodka, Hi-fi, Cuba Libre, and mojito.
Casa da Matriz – 9PM
Rua Henrique de Novaes 107, Botafogo – Tel: (21) 2226-9691 / (21) 2266-1014
Lu Fogaça and Trio (Gamboa)
Tonight at Trapiche Gamboa it’s time for a roda de samba with Brazilian singer-songwriter Lu Fogaça and his trio. The group will blend modern music with samba, forró and MPB. They are well known for their reinterpretations of works by João Nogueira, João Bosco, Baden Powell, Vinicius de Moraes, Chico Buarque and Luiz Melodia, among others.
Trapiche Gamboa – House opens at 6:30PM and the show will begin at 8:30PM.
Rua Sacadura Cabral, 155, Gamboa– Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Nilze Carvalho and Karyme Branka (Centro)
Tonight at Rio Scenarium, singer-songwriter Karyme Branka will start off the night by performing the best of classic samba. Then at 10:30PM, singer-songwriter and mandolinist Nilze Carvalho with perform her lively samba works.
Rio Scenarium – 7:30PM and 10:30PM
Rua do Lavradi 20, Centro – Tel: (21) 3147-9000
Joía Rara and Pedro Holanda (Lapa)
Singer and guitarist Pedro Holanda will start things off tonight at 7:30PM at Carioca da Gema and the group Joía Rara will follow at 9:30PM with their diverse samba repertoire.
Carioca da Gema – 7:30PM and 9:30PM
Av. Mem de Sá 79, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2221-0043
Baile Da Tchuguderia (Lapa)
On Wednesday nights in March, the Baile Da Tchuguderia party at Lapa’s Leviano bar is celebrating new music in Rio. Event week Angelo B, Udi Fagundes and Cláudio Costa of the band Gabriel Pensador will play live and welcome a special guest. DJ Chicote will also spin during the night.
Mem de Sá 47, Lapa – Tel: (21) 2507-5779
PUBS & BARS:
RockOKÊ – Lapa Irish Pub (Lapa)
Every Wednesday is RockOKÊ (Karaokê Rock) night at Lapa Irish Pub. If you’re looking for quality imported beer and a nice environment to drink it in before, during and after belting out some classic rock tunes, this is the place to be tonight.
Lapa Irish Pub – 8PM
Rua Evaristo da Veiga 147, Lapa – Tel (21) 2221-7236
Ferro e Farinha (Catete)
With Neapolitan-style gourmet pizza finished off with unique toppings, Ferro e Farinha in Catete is a great place to drop in before heading out for a night on the town.
Ferro e Farinha – Wednesday through Sunday, 7PM to 11:30 PM (hours may be subject to change)
Rua Andrade Pertence 42D, Catete, RJ
Entrance: Free. Food and drink prices vary.
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 – 8:30AM to 11PM
Rua Barão da Torre 240 Loja A, Ipanema- Tel: (21) 3813-3972
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 midnight. Boka is known for his varied repertoire that always pleases the crowd.
Restaurante Mab’s –Monday-Thursday 8AM-2AM, Friday-Saturday 24 hours
Avenida Atlantica 1140, Copacabana – Tel: (21) 2275-7299
Those in search of the finest Asian fusion cuisine and some of the tastiest drinks in Rio, need look no further than Leblon’s Mekong.
Rua General Urquiza 188A, Leblon – Tel: (21) 2243-1040 / (21) 2529-212
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