A Tale of Two Nations: Nação Estrela Brilhante & Nation Beat

Date: August 17, 2013

Brazilian Hour Radio will host an outdoor carnivalesque celebration, \"A Tale of Two Nations: Nação Estrela Brilhante & Nation Beat,\" bringing the northeast coast of Brazil to Grand Performances at California Plaza in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, August 17, 2013. Commemorating the 35th anniversary of the Brazilian Hour\'s locally produced, internationally-heard radio program, this free event will pair award-winning Brazilian performance group Nação Estrela Brilhante, with New York City-based Nation Beat. United in concert to bring the roots of traditional maracatú together with its contemporary manifestations, the event, which starts at 8:00pm, will transform the spectacular One California Plaza, amidst the dramatic Los Angeles skyline, into a riot of thunderous indigenous rhythms, infectious call-and-response songs, and colorful pageantry with spectacular costumes. Produced by Grand Performances and supported by the James Irvine Foundation, the Los Angeles event is the last stop of the Tale of Two Nations U.S. tour.

The Tale of Two Nations audience is invited to take an active part in the event by dressing to impress in their festive best and donning their dancing shoes for the special occasion. California Plaza, the home site of Grand Performances, is part of the Grand Avenue Cultural Corridor just blocks from Disney Hall and home to the Museum of Contemporary Art. The California Plaza parking garage is accessible on Olive Street, between 1st and 4th streets (351 S. Olive Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071; 213-687-2159; http://www.grandperformances.org/visit/map-directions). Parking for events is $7.50 (cash only). Complimentary bike valet will be available on the Upper Plaza.

You can also visit the event's website at: https://www.facebook.com/events/128062747389729


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