Ana Carolina 'Greatest Hits" Tour-June 30, the Montalban


Brazilian Nites Productions, presenters of the top Brazilian musical talent since 1989, introduces The Brazilian Nites Summer Series, a collection of concerts featuring some of the most celebrated Brazilian artists of the decade, including Latin Grammy Nominees, a classically trained Jazz master, a world renowned Sambista and scintillating Samba Dancers.
This unique concert is A MUST SEE for lovers of Brazilian Cinema and Brazilian Popular Music.
The Brazilian Nites Summer Series begins with the acclaimed Pop music artist Ana Carolina on June 30 at The Montalban Theatre, as part of Carolina’s “Greatest Hits” US Tour. This platinum selling artist has recorded with the likes of Alejandro Sanz, Seu Jorge, Gilberto Gil, John Legend, Esperanza Spalding, and Tony Bennett. The singer/songwriter and Latin Grammy nominee performs the greatest hits of her 12 year career, including “Garganta,” “Nada Pra Mim,” “Trancado,” “Confesso” and “Problems.”(
Opening for Carolina is the venerable Marcos Ariel (, who blends the sounds of Rio de Janeiro with his passion for Classical and Jazz music.  Ariel is at the forefront of contemporary Brazilian music and has been described as one of the finest Brazilian musicians of the decade.  Ariel performs songs from his album “Alone with Jobim,” a tribute to the Brazilian songwriter and Bossa Nova legend Tom Jobim, who is most known for the songs “The Girl from Ipanema,” “No More Blues” (Chega de Saudade),“Water of March” (Aguas de Marco) and “Quiet Nights” (Corcovado).
Brazil’s iconic singer-songwriter Ana Carolina (Souza) winds up her seven-city “Greatest Hits” tour. Carolina, who’s music spans Folk, acoustic, jazz and iconic songs by herself and many stars of the Brazilian Popular Music canon has toured the U.S. once before.
The show will feature early hits like “Nada Pra Mim”, “Trancado”, and “Confesso” to the most current ones, like “Problems”, emblematic songs  from later CDs like “Entreolhares / The Way you’re looking at me”, “É Isso Aí / The Blower’s Daughter, Damien Rice”, “Sinais de Fogo” and, of course, “Quem de Nós Dois / La Mia Storia Tra le Dita, Gean Lucca Grignani.

The passion for the tambourine is not new, and Ana Carolina plays every time she has a chance. The songs “Sai Pra Tomar 3”, “Cabide”, “Torpedo” e “Tá Rindo é?”, with her tambourine playing combine into a mix of music, dance and rhythm which lead to the Brazilian samba. 
Born in Minas Gerais, of a music family Ana Carolina Souza moved to Rio to pursue her career. At a gig at Mistura Fina she met Luciana de Moraes, daughter of composer Vinicius de Moraes and signed a contract with BMG.
Her debut album, “Ana Carolina”, released in 1999 was nominated for a Latin Grammy Award.
In 2001 she released her second album, “Ana Rita Joana Iracema e Carolina”. Every album, CD or DVd has gone Platinum or Diamond.
In 2004, she released her fourth CD, “Ana Carolina: Perfil”, a collection of the most successful songs from her first 3 CDs, which became Brazil’s best-selling CD  of2005.
Her 2005 CD and DVD of her acoustic show with Seu Jorge, featured the song “É Isso Ai” which reached number 1 on the Brazilian charts. She has since released her sixth CD, a double CD call “Dois Quartos” (Two Rooms).
In 2009, the singer celebrated her 10-year career, releasing the album “Nove”, featuring a duet with  American pianist, singer-songwriter John Legend The song reached the top of Billboard Hot Songs (Rio de Janeiro), and #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay.
Beside her collaboration with John Legend, she has recorded  with artists Esperanza Spalding, Alejandro Sanz e Tony Bennett.  Ana Carolina has worked with important Brazilians singers as Seu Jorge, Maria Gadú, Maria Bethania, Gilberto Gil, among others.
Carolina’s 2012 duet with Tony Bennett, “The Very Thought of You”, was released on Bennett’s album “Viva Duets”, including duets with other Latin music icons Christina Aguilera, Mark Antony, Thalía and Gloria Stefan.
Her 2011 release “Ensaio de Cores” was an international hit.
The June 30th concert in Los Angeles winds up a seven city American Tour.
Continuing the Brazilian Nites Summer Series is the Maria Gadu US Tour on July 28.  A native of Sao Paulo, Gadu burst onto the scene in 2009 with her hit single “Shimbalaie” and has since performed with such musical legends as Caetano Veloso and Tony Bennett; singing “Black Velvet” on Bennett’s Viva Duets album.   The singer/songwriter, born in 1986, began playing music as a child and performed her first concert at the age of 13. She moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2008, where she attracted attention and gained renowned from fellow musicians including Veloso, Milton Nascimento, and João Donato among others.  Gadu received two Latin Grammy award nominations in 2010 and 2012.  (
The 20th Annual Brazilian Summer Festival on September 1st at the Ford Amphitheatre ends the Summer Series.  The Brazilian Summer Festival brings the electricity and energy of Rio and Bahia to Los Angeles, with the rhythms of Samba Master Jorge Aragão; Bloco Nove with Bobby Easton; DJ Chris Brazil; the powerful drumming of Samba Da Mudanca Samba School and the intoxicating dance of Capoeira and Joany and the Stunning Samba Dancers.
Raised in the traditional redoubts of Rio, Sambista Jorge Aragão has been building his career for the last 25 years. Aragao is also a singer/songwriter and musician playing the guitar, surdo, cavaco, banjo and cavaquinho (a small string instrument similar to the ukulele).  He started his career in the ’70s as a sambista at balls and in nightclubs and has since recorded more than 12 albums and composed songs for many acclaimed Brazilian artists including Beth Carvalho. He has toured the United States many times and performs in various cities in Brazil.  His greatest hits include “Amigos… Amantes,” “Do Fundo do Nosso Quintal,” “Enredo do Meu Samba,” “Ontem,” and “Coisinha do Pai.”
Bloco Nove with Bobby Easton has been deeply involved in the Brazilian community of Southern California for nearly two decades.  Combining creativity and tradition with an edge, this group brings something exciting and different to LA’s musical landscape.  Instrumentalist, band leader and producer Bobby Easton is also founder and leader of the Southern California world funk band Delta Nove and is founder and producer of the Long Beach Funk Fest.Co-led by renowned percussionist Simon Carroll, Bloco Nove performs a high energy, eclectic set, which includes a variety of flavors from Bahia, Brazilian soul and other musical surprises.
Samba Da Mudança (Samba For Change), 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 Mudança performs Rio Style beats, as well as Samba Reggae and modern, progressive Samba grooves.  And Brazilian beats by DJ Chris Brazil
Choreographer and Dancer, Joany Macias specializes in Brazilian-style Carnival Samba Dance.  From parading the Sambadrome with the prestigious Salguiero Samba School during Rio’s Annual Carnival, to being crowned “Queen of M.I.L.A.,” (the first Samba School in the Los Angeles area), Joany has crossed continents and cultural barriers with her inspiring and spirited dance. She has also had the pleasure to dance live onstage with many musical legends such as Sergio Mendez, Bebel Gilberto, Gilberto Gil, Wyclef Jean, Aretha Franklin and the LA Symphony Orchestra.
Sponsored by, Brasil Best, BrasilSoulTV,, and the Brazilian Hour.
The Brazilian Hour Radio celebrates its 35th Anniversary. Originated on KXLU-LA 88.9FM it is broadcast by over 35 stations in the U.S. and distributed to hundreds of Brazilian Embassies world over. The Brazilian Hour radio online offers a 24/7 music programing. Brazilian Hour promoting Brazilian Culture and music. Made Possible by the Ministry of Foreign Relations of Brazil and produced by the Cultural Sector of the Brazilian Consulate, Los Angeles.
Tickets for the Brazilian Nites Summer Series concerts can be purchased at or call 818-566-1111
The Montalban Theatre, 1615 Vine St., Hollywood, CA 90028 – Doors open at 7:00pm, show at 8:00pm
Tickets: Reserved Seats are $36 – $85.

Ana Carolina: for info click here.  And for Ariel click here.


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Robin Menken

Robin Menken Robin Menken lives in Los Angeles. She was the Artistic Director of the Second City Workshops, taught at UC Berkeley, USC, Barcelona\'s Ateneu and the Esalin Institute. She was Roberto Rossellini\'s assistant, and worked with Yevgeny Vevteshenku, Glauber Rocha and Eugene Ionesco. She sold numerous screenplays and wrote the OBIE winning The FTA SHow (touring with Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and Ben Vereen.) She was a programming consultant and Special Events co-ordinator for numerous film festivals, including the SF, Rio, Havana and N.Y Film Festivals. Her first news outlet was the historic East Village Other.

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