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Top Choice Live Music in João Pessoa

Bolero at Sunset

Almost every Brazilian tourist in João Pessoa heads to the north of the city to Cabodelo (10km from Tambaú) for sunset to see saxophonist Jurandy play Ravel’s Bolero while being paddled up and down the Rio Paraíba i…
Top Choice Stadium in Zona Norte

Maracanã Football Stadium

For a quasi-psychedelic experience, go to a futebol match at Maracanã, Brazil’s temple to football (soccer). Matches here rate among the most exciting in the world, particularly during a championship game or when lo…
Top Choice Dance in Centro & Cinelândia

Ginga Tropical

For a look at Brazil's rich folkloric dances, book a ticket to an evening performance of Ginga Tropical. Some 16 different dance styles are represented, including a somewhat spooky Orixás performance, lightning-fast…
Top Choice Live Music in Copacabana & Leme

Bip Bip

For years Bip Bip has been one of the city's favorite spots to catch a live roda de samba (informal samba played around a table), despite it being just a storefront with a few battered tables. As the evening progres…
Top Choice Live Music in Alter do Chão

Epaço Alter do Chão

There's always something worth seeing at this cool music-culture-restaurant space at the east end of the waterfront promenade. There's live carimbó most Saturday nights, and guest bands play rock, forró, samba, regg…
Top Choice Live Music in Salvador

Jam no MAM

Saturday-evening jazz and bossa nova at MAM (Museu de Arte Moderna) is a must for music lovers. Go early to see the museum first and catch the views at sunset. Though the venue is located within walking distance of …
Top Choice Live Music in Ipanema & Leblon

Vinícius Show Bar

Billing itself as the 'temple of bossa nova,' this place has been an icon in the neighborhood since 1989. The intimate space makes a fine setting to listen to first-rate bossa nova, and occasional Música Popular Bra…
Top Choice Live Music in Manaus

Porão do Alemão

Located on Estrada de Ponta Negra, this longtime bar-club features Brazilian and international rock and pop, and has a safe lively scene popular with tourists and locals alike. VIP area upstairs (R$40).
Top Choice Performing Arts in Salvador

Balé Folclórico da Bahia

The most astounding professional show is put on by this world-renowned folkloric ballet company.
Samba in Centro & Cinelândia

Pedra do Sal

The Monday- and Friday-night street parties are major draws for lovers of samba, whether they be Brazilian or foreign, rich or poor. The lively samba da mesa features a handful of changing players who belt out well-…