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Carnaval Brasileiro 2017: The Big Easy

This year we pay tribute to New Orleans (The Big Easy), the most African of American cities, the birthplace of American music and home to Mardi Gras one of the most famous pre-Lenten celebrations in the world. We compare and contrast New Orleans and Rio whose African roots gave rise to samba, the national music of Brazil, and the Brazilian version of Carnaval, also one of the most famous in the world. 

In this show, we view the fabulous music of New Orleans through Brazilian optics layering on Brazilian rhythms and dance to produce an aural and visual fusion that is irresistible. It will be hard to stay seated. This is dance music front to back. 

This year, our theme samba (samba enredo) was written for us by Rio composer Edson "Baby" de Oliveira. It is an original samba about New Orleans and will be featured at Carnaval Brasieiro, as well as Austin Samba's performances at Zilker Hillside Theatre and Stateside Theater at the Paramount. Bateria arrangement by Mestre Ailton da Mangueira. 

  • Palmer Event Center
  • Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Buy advance tickets here.