A Decade of Carnaval Delirium

Brazil Nites brings their mindblowing night of music, dance and samba celebration to downtown's Club Nokia/LA Live, Feb. 20

Published on LatinoLA: February 4, 2010

A Decade of Carnaval Delirium

The authentic, annual LA tradition of Brazilian Carnaval erupts on Saturday February 20, 2010 at Club Nokia/LA Live, transforming the massive dance floor into a true Brazilian party, for the first time in Downtown LA.

LA is the official Sister City of Salvador Bahia where Carnaval this year will be celebrated as "60 years of Trio Eletrico." Los Angeles and Salvador have been engaged in cultural, medical, commercial and educational exchange programs since the relationship was established in 1962. The Los Angeles-Salvador Sister Cities Committee launched the Annual Brazilian Day Celebration at the African Marketplace in 1997 to highlight Salvador Artists and performers.

Councilmember Tom LaBonge, president of Los Angeles Sister Cities, Inc., will be a featured speaker at Carnaval 2010. Los Angeles began its Sister Cities program in 1959 with Nagoya, Japan and now includes twenty-five Sister Cities over six continents. A portion of proceeds from Carnaval go to Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall associated camp for critically ill children "The Painted Turtle," a 173-acre medical specialty camp and non-profit in Lake Hughes, CA www.thepaintedturtle.org.

The largest Carnaval on the West Coast, Brazilian Nites Carnaval has consistently sold out, drawing a crowd of 3000+ for the past 9 years. This music and dance spectacle offers LA club goers an authentic demonstration of Carnaval dance, costuming, parading, live music and DJs Garth Trinidad (KCRW), Chris Brazil and Marlon Fuentes spinning Brazilian dance music, drink, food and a free trip to Brazil courtesy of Korean Air. At the heart of the 2010 celebration is the legendary Carnaval band direct from Bahia, TRIO ELETRICO Armandinho, Dodo & Osmar (led by descendants of the originators of the Brazilian band on wheels from 1950) with top-notch musicians performing irresistible Carnaval beats: Chalo Eduardo and Brasilian Beat and Samba School.

The party starts at 8:00 p.m. with LIVE music by ARMANDINHO, "a Brazilian cousin of QUEEN's Bryan May, with a touch of ELO's classic pomp thrown in" - LA TIMES. Armandinho has been compared to Jimi Hendrix in Brazil ÔÇô watch him here.

Musicians also include the critically acclaimed Chalo Eduardo and Brasilian Beat featuring Claudinho Smile, an accomplished cavaquinista, guitar player, percussionist and singer who specializes in Samba and MPB. Percussionist Chalo Eduardo has performed for over 20 years with Sergio Mendes, Santana, Mickey Hart, Ricky Martin and most recently at the Latin Grammy's with Daniela Mercury, the Queen of Brasilian Samba Reggae music from Salvador, Bahia. His ensemble provides a non-stop variety of batucadas (percussion rhythms) using a variety of culturally specific instruments like the cuica, pandeiro and cavaquinho. "a powerful and fascinating performance" ÔÇô Don Heckman, LA TIMES.

DJs Garth Trinidad, Chris Brazil and Marlon Fuentes will spin additional Brazilian dance music all night. Emcee for the evening is singer and talented Television and Radio Hostess, Nayzeth Carillo and KPFK radio host Sergio Mielnizcenko.

Heating up the dance floor will be the Brazilian Nites Samba Dancers, directed and choreographed by Joany Macias, hypnotizing with their batucada rhythms in feather and sequin micro costumes and Capoeira, the acrobatic martial arts dance. PLUS sessions of en masse dance floor choreography, caipirinhas, Brazilian arts and crafts, Havaianas, and giveaway souvenirs of Mardi Gras beads, tambourines and shakers. Costumes encouraged! Sidney Maria, Rio de Janeiro born dancer, choreographer, costume designer will perform samba duets in his outrageous, Vegas style costumes of stunning crystal and ostrich plumes (www.obaobainternational.com).

PRE-Carnaval dance instruction for dance floor parade choreography by instructor/dancer Diane Yakimovicz.

Samba dance instruction offered: Wednesdays for Beginners from 7-8pm (Warm up w/ Axe - Samba Basic steps), Intermediate from 8 - 9:30pm (Warm up w/ Axe - Samba Reggae/Samba basic steps w/choreography) at 12834 Victory Blvd. in North Hollywood. PLUS, Samba Carnaval dance instruction on Thursdays for all levels from 7:30 - 8:30pm at Lumina Dance Studio, 1054 North Allen Ave Pasadena CA 91104. Call for info: 661- 361-3144.

A LIVE Rio style samba show featuring Casa do Samba & MILA Samba School is a special feature this year. This Carnaval pays tribute to Luiz Ferreira, "Luizinho", Brazilian soccer player and the founder of MILA (the first Samba School in LA) and the Casa do Samba school who brought samba music and dance to homesick Brazilians every weekend for 17 amazing years at the Cafe Danssa dancehall.

Trio El?®trico, a roving band on a float, was originated by Dodo and Osmar in 1950 on the bed of a 1929 Model T Ford truck and paraded throughout Salvador Bahia, equipped with a high power sound system. The Trio Eletrico's performance of frevo marks one of the first and most chapters in the history of Brazilian music and will be commemorated as "60 years of the Electric Trio," the theme for Salvador's Carnaval this year.

Patricia and Gilberto Leao, Producers from Brazilian Nites Productions, have brought LA the best of Brazilian talent since 1990. They are producers of upcoming megaconcert of Gilberto Gil acoustic songs from his hit songbook at Royce Hall on March 20.

The Club Nokia Carnaval 2010 is for all ages. Advance tickets are $38 for general admission and $65 for preferred seating in the upstairs lounge and an all access pass, plus group discounts are available by calling (818) 566-1111. Purchase General Admission and Preferred Seating tickets by calling (818) 566-1111 or visit www.BrazilianNites.com or http://braziliancarnaval2010.eventbrite.com.

Club Nokia is located at 800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. Parking on site available for a fee.

Brazilian Carnaval 2010 Sponsors: Korean Air, KPFK 90.7 FM, REMO, Latino 96.3 FM, LatinoLA.com, Brasil Best, Budweiser Light, Flavorpill, Leblon Caipirinhas, Fusicology, Silvio's Brazilian BBQ, LABRFF, BPTOnline.com, Latino Sports, NocheLatina.com, Pontual Money Transfer, Revista Sete

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