Brazilian Beat is back for its 6th year, celebrating Brazilian Independence Day in Downtown Boca Raton on Saturday, September 9th from 6-11 PM. You’ll hear the sounds of popular Brazilian artists and Samba drummers, see beautiful costumed dancers in a Rio-style parade (the original Mardi-Gras!) and enjoy savory Brazilian cuisine and cocktails.
Headlining the event is Latin Grammy winning songstress, Vanessa da Mata, one of the biggest stars in Brazilian music today. Her highly anticipated performance at Brazilian Beat will kick-off her US debut tour. Vanessa’s album, “Essa Boneca Tem Manual”, really pushed her into the limelight, aided by the strength of the single “Ai Ai Ai.” Her third album “Sim” won a Latin Grammy for “Best Album” and featured appearances from the acclaimed pianist João Donato and American rocker Ben Harper. The hit song “Boa Sorte” (Good Luck) with Harper reached the top of the charts in Brazil, South America and Europe.
Opening for da Mata will be Batuke Samba Funk, mixing rhythms from Afro-samba and Brazilian big band with classic 70s funk. The goal of Batuke is to “Brazilianize” American sounds, and “Americanize” Brazilian sounds in a perfectly balanced fusion. The band is formed by several of Miami’s top Brazilian musicians including bassist and composer Diogo Brown, and singer Mari Mac.
The SambaLa Samba School will perform a vibrant Rio-style parade with beautifully costumed dancers and Samba drummers. Attendees of the event will also enjoy a Zumba showcase, Capoeira circle, street dancing, and much more. This is a FREE community event. The SambaLa SAMBA School will perform a vibrant Rio-style parade with beautifully costumed dancers and Samba drummers.
Attendees of the event will also enjoy a Zumba showcase, a Capoeira circle, street dancing, Brazilian food and drinks and much more. Brazilian Beat is presented by Downtown Boca and City of Boca Raton, FL Government, in conjunction with The Rhythm Foundation, a non-profit cultural organization celebrating 30 years of presenting outstanding international music in South Florida.
Admission is FREE. More information can be found at: www.facebook.com/events/1646855682008217/
Free parking for Brazilian Beat is available at City Hall (201 W. Palmetto Park Road), the Downtown Library (400 NW 2nd Avenue), Building Administration (200 NW 2nd Avenue), and other locations downtown where event signage is featured. For convenience, free trolleys will be available to and from the Mizner Park Amphitheater.
Date(s) - 09/09/2017
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mizner Park Amphitheatre