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Brazilian Summer Festival 2008
Published June 26, 2008

The 2008 edition features the rhythms of Rio de Janeiro and the Northeast of Brazil, the headliners are the most authentic and traditional Brazilian samba group, Grupo Revelação directly from Brazil in their Los Angeles debut.

Opening the festival is The Bateria (the drums) of Dodo's Master Show who brings different percussive beats with their rich, and varied rhythms, such as Samba, Funk and Hip Hop with their astonishing dancers that add colorful and vibrant choreographies to the mix. The audience is welcome to join in and dance. Followed by Mestre Amen’s Capoeira Batuque demonstrating the martial arts dance from Bahia and the Maculele. Ki-Xego Forró Band opens for Grupo Revelação with rhythms from the Northeast of Brazil, Forró, Xote, Xaxado and Baiao. Doors open at 5pm for booths of arts and crafts, delicious and authentic Brazilian food and appetizers and music from our Brazilian Djs, “making music happen”.

Tickets for Brazilian Summer Festival 2008, priced at $40 General Admission ($45 at the door) and $12 for children 12 and under, are available at selected outlets or by calling (818) 566-1111 or by logging to www.wantickets.com or www.BrazilianNites.com.

Grupo Revelação is one of the most important bands of Samba. Influenced by all the major samba groups that originated in Cacique de Ramos (Indian Chiefs of Ramos) a suburb in its origins bringing back the sambas from the 70’s where they started meeting to sing, play, drink, and dance in samba jam sessions. “We are very grateful for the past generations that opened up the doors for us”, says Beto, one of the components of the group. Revelação celebrates the new status of their samba among the new generation. “Nobody is ashamed to say that they are a sambistas (samba lovers). “To listen to Bezerra da Silva (a classic samba composer/singer) some years ago in the radio would have been practically unheard of” remembers Beto. Grupo Revelação has shown the authenticity of the samba in all of their CDs, the happiness, the samba from its roots. The group is composed of six musicians with six additional percussionists to show audiences a variety of samba instruments. Xande (vocals and cavaquinho / a small string guitar), Mauro Jr. (banjo and vocals), Beto Lima (guitar, bass, bandolin and vocals), Artur Luís (reco-reco / a percussion instrument and vocals), Sérgio Rufino (tambourine) e Rogerinho (drum and tambourine)

Brazilian arts and crafts booths will be located throughout the deck of the Queen Mary. Such items as Brazilian-made jewelry, T-shirts, exotic bikinis, clothes, and the famous Hawaiianas (Brazilian Flip Flops) will be available for purchase. Audience members will have a chance to win round trip air ticket Sao Paulo, Brazil- courtesy of Korean Airlines.

Brazilian Summer Festival 2008 is a presentation of Brazilian Nites Productions. This event is sponsored in part by Korean Airlines, Brasil Best Magazine, REMO Inc., Latination, American Latino, Listen Clothing, EyeSpyLA.com, Wantickets.com, LATV, Noche Latina Golly Guarana and Silvi

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