The 21st Annual Brazilian Summer Festival

Brazilian Nites Productions celebrates World Cups' opening weekend with an extravaganza at the Ford Amphitheatre, June 15

By Brittany A. Gash
Published on LatinoLA: May 28, 2014

The 21st Annual Brazilian Summer Festival

Brazilian Nites Productions, presenters of the top Brazilian musical talent since 1989, presents The 21st Annual Brazilian Summer Festival this Father's Day Sunday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m. at Hollywood's Ford Amphitheatre. This special event celebrates the opening weekend of the 2014 FIFA World Cup taking place in Brazil from June 12 through July 15, with live music and soccer themed entertainment, dancing and costumes.

The Brazilian Summer Festival brings the heat and energy of Rio, Bahia and the Northeast of Brazil to Los Angeles, with the eclectic sounds of Afro-Brazilian band BatukAxe with special guests Batala L.A., performing songs fused with Reggae, Brazilian and Latin influences, and the band M?FO performing traditional forro style music. The Summer Festival lineup also includes: DJ Chris Brazil & DJ Potira spinning Brazilian dance hits, the powerful drumming of Samba Da Mudan?a Samba School and the intoxicating dance of Raiz Brazil and Samba and More Samba Dancers.

The Brazilian Summer Festival made its debut at the Ford Amphitheatre in 1994, the year of the FIFA World Cup in Los Angeles. Now, 21 years later, Brazilian Nites Productions continues the celebration of the World Cup on the opening weekend of the World Cup in Brazil. Guests are invited to wear their Brazilian colors and fully experience the Ford's beautiful outdoor atmosphere by bringing a meal or a bottle of wine and enjoying a picnic in this "hidden gem" of live entertainment in the Hollywood Hills.

Founded in 2010, BatukAxe is an Afro-Brazilian group based out of Los Angeles fusing Brazilian, Latin and Reggae sounds. BatukAxe brings an original and inimitable sound, which is indicative of the cultural and musical diversity of the band members themselves. Drawing from a vast background of study, origin and influence in Samba Reggae with two former members of OLODUM - Ney Rios and Fabio Assis (both from Salvador, Bahia) who are joined by Mario Pallais, making each performance a unifying and energetic experience. In an ongoing effort to promote positivity, they continue to redefine their music through the celebration of peace, love and harmony. www.jahgunjahgun.com

Directed by Mario Pallais, Batala Los Angeles combines samba reggae musical arrangements and percussion breaks with graphics, costumes, and dance movements. The group was founded in Paris in 1997 by Bahian percussion Giba Goncalves. From its inception in Paris, individual Batala organizations have sprung up all over the globe, with a membership of over 800 drummers. The name Batal? carries a double reference to the phrase "bateu l?," meaning "hit there" in Portuguese and to Obatal? (Oxal?), the Candombl? diety who is the father of the Orixas and of all humanity and is the source of all that is peaceful and compassionate. facebook.com/BatalaLosAngeles

M?FO was formed in early 2013 and has made waves in the Brazilian music scene of Southern California as L.A.'s only group playing in the traditional "p? de serra" style of forr??. Forr?? is a musical genre style that originated in Northeastern Brazil and is characterized by an ensemble traditionally featuring accordion, triangle and zabumda. The band features some of L.A.'s best musicians from the Brazilian music scene including Simon Carroll (zabumba), Beto Gonzalez (vocals & triangle), Fabiano do Nascimento (7-string guitar), Gee Rabe (accordion), Emina Shimanuki (vocals & coco), and Kana Shimanuki (voice & reco-reco). Also featured are special guest musicians Rumi Flute (p?fano & flute), and Luiz Mascaro (rabeca & violin). facebook.com/mofoforro

Samba Da Mudan?a (Samba For Change), is LA's most socially active and fastest growing Samba School with recent performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the LA Music Center, and numerous music festivals. Samba Da Muda?a performs Rio Style beats, as well as Samba Reggae and modern, progressive Samba grooves. www.reverbnation.com/sambadamudanca

DJ Chris Brazil has been a driving force of nightlife and entertainment in Los Angeles for over 25 years. A fixture in the local Brazilian entertainment community since 2007, DJ Chris Brazil spins Brazilian dance music hits throughout the festival. Now firmly planted in the upper echelon of DJs and musicians specializing in the sound & culture of Brazil, he has been the featured DJ at the West Coast's largest Brazilian Carnaval, Brazilian Day Arizona and works closely with the organizers of Brazilian Day in LA, as one of its sponsors. soundcloud.com/chris-brazil-is-a-dj

DJ Potira blends assorted Brazilian beats with urban mixes and creates a well-balanced musical landscape that sets the tone and adapts to the environment and audience. Potira was born in Rio de Janeiro to Bossa Nova singer Mirene Alves. From a very early age, she was exposed to the rich musical culture of Brazil, which influenced her musical evolution. After moving to Los Angeles in 2000, she immersed herself in the local music scene, where she quickly landed a residency at Starshoes in Hollywood. She has since been being booked by major brands such as Teen Vogue, Elle Magazine, Chanel, Global Dining Group and Leblon. She has developed her own eclectic style, seamlessly wedging classic Hip-Hop beats between Samba rhythms and Cu?ca Drums to Electro and Indie Rock, sprinkled with the occasional Top 40 hit remixed. www.djpotira.com

Raiz Brazil Dance Company debuted in February of 2008 at the Sambala Carnival Ball at the Vault 350 in Long Beach. Founded by Brazilian native, Jonia McClenney,began Raiz from her need to make art and entertain while exploring the rhythms of samba, axe, samba-reggae and frevo, and fusing them with Western dance techniques like ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop. Raiz Brazil has performed in a variety of different events including the Bolivian Carnaval Crucena, Brazilian Carnival Ball in San Diego, Carnaval en Ensenada/Mexico and the long-running "Circo Brazil Show". In 2012, The Company performed with Ozomatli at the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl. Raiz Brazil has also performed internationally in cities such as Bangkok, Thailand and in Hunan at the "Changsha International Arts Festival" in China. www.raizbrazildanceco.com

Samba And More, founded by Rio De Janeiro native and dancer Marcela Oliveira, has been entertaining the world with her Brazilian Carnaval shows of samba dance, Brazilian drumming, capoeira, and more (belly dancers, burlesque shows, children's entertainment and DJs), since 2005. Oliveira began modeling in Brazil at the age of 14 and began performing Samba professionally in 2001, when she was just 18 years old. As a producer and performer, Oliveira decided to incorporate her talents as a Burlesque Cabaret dancer and Belly dancer to bring together the beautiful presentations that Samba and More are known for today. www.sambaandmore.com

Samba-Style Soccer: Brazil is known for its one of a kind style of soccer, known as "samba-style." This extraordinary technique is characterized by skillful and free-flowing moves, executed with a flamboyance, speed and creativity in footwork that resembles the samba dance. The music of the Brazilian Summer Festival bands and the energizing steps of Raiz Brasil and Samba and More Samba Dancers work to reflect the spirit of Brazilian soccer culture, during this special year of the World Cup.

Brazilian Nites Productions has been successfully organizing events since its inception, bringing people of different ages and nationalities together to experience the allure and character of Brazilian culture. The company produces several shows each year, including two annual events: the Brazilian Summer Festival at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre and L.A.'s largest Brazilian Carnaval on the West Coast in February.

The 21st Annual Brazilian Summer Festival is sponsored by REMO, Los Angeles Galaxy, Living Out Loud L.A., Fusicology, KPFK and Brasil/LosAngeles.

The Brazilian Summer Festival on June 12th at 5:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. is for all ages. Tickets are only $25 general admission presale ($35 at the door) and $12 for children 12 and under. Purchase tickets by calling (818) 566-1111 or visit http://www.fordamphitheater.org/en/events/details/id/837

The Ford Amphitheare is located at 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East Hollywood, CA 90068. Parking on site available for a fee.

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