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L.A.'s Official Brazilian Carnaval: World Cup 2014

The long-running celebration on the West Coast with All-Star Brazilian bands & non-stop music, dancing Club Nokia, March 1

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: February 10, 2014


L.A.'s Official Brazilian Carnaval: World Cup 2014


Brazilian Nites Productions, is proud to announce that Carlos Alvarez, Emmy Award winning radio personality from Super Estrella 107.1 FM is the official Masters of Ceremonies and Brazilian Actress & TV Host Juliana Martins as Host of the 14th Annual Brazilian Carnaval: World Cup 2014 (Carnaval da Copa) at Club Nokia at L.A. Live on March 1, 2014. This special Carnaval party, for All Ages, is themed after the 2014 FIFA World Cup that will be in Brazil from June 12 through July 15th and takes place on the exact same day as the first day of Carnaval celebrations in Brazil & around the world.

L.A.'s official, annual party tradition Brazilian Carnaval is the closest you can get to the excitement and rhythms of Brazil in Los Angeles. Brazilian Nites brings the true party spirit of Brazil to Angelenos. This electrifying annual celebration of spectacular sights and sounds also offers guests more table seating around the dance floor and World Cup themed entertainment and costumes. Audience costumes are encouraged.

Carlos Alvarez is a Puerto Rican native of Dominican born parents and has almost two decades within the television and radio industry. He currently hosts the radio morning show "Carlos Alvarez en la Ma??ana" in Super Estrella 107.1 FM on-air since February of 2013. He also hosts the weekly syndicated top 20 countdown show "Las Super 20" and co-hosts "Tu Mundo Hoy", a health and finance television program on KBEH-DT. In 2009, Alvarez received an Emmy award for hosting the Univision National Broadcast of the "Rose Parade." He was also awarded the "Monitor Latino" Latin Pop Radio Personality of the Year for both 2009 & 2010.

Juliana Martins a Brazilian-American actress and TV host. She was born in Boston, MA but moved to Sao Paulo, Brazil when she was 12 years old. She studied International Relations at a University in Sao and has a Masters in Performing Arts. She has traveled to many countries and lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Madrid, Spain where she hosted a TV game show. Juliana currently resides in Los Angeles where she is pursuing her acting career.

The Carnaval Menu

Brazilian Carnaval: World Cup 2014 features a menu of delicious, authentic Brazilian culinary creations. The national cocktail of Brazil the Caipirinha will also be available for purchase. Caipirinhas are made with Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage Cacha?a, mixed with sugar and lime and poured over ice. This light and refreshing cocktail blends perfectly with the heat and non-stop energy of Carnaval. The Brazilian-American family owned restaurant Ubatuba A?ai, offers guests authentic Brazilian organic A?ai Bowls topped with fresh fruit, coconut shavings, bee pollen, goji berries, chocolate chips, yogurt, almonds, honey and more. A variety Empanadas from Nonna's Empanadas in Beverly Hills will also be available for purchase. The menu includes beef, chicken, tomato & cheese, ham & cheese, veggie, nutella and chocolate empanadas.

The menu by Brazilian Exotic Foods also includes: Coxinha (a delicacy made with shredded chicken and finely chopped onions, tomatoes, cilantro inside a deep fried breaded dough), Kibe, which is found in Brazil via Lebanon and Syria (made with bulghar wheat mixed with ground beef, herbs & spices and deep fried), Empadinha (a Petite Pie with very soft crust stuffed with chicken or heart of palm), Caldinho de Feijao (Black beans cooked with brazilian jerkey beef, and served with bacon bits and green onion), and Escondidinho (a Brazilian version of Shepard Pie, made with yucca cream and hidden dried beef anions, green onion and covered with mozzarella cheese).

Sights & Sounds

The samba reggae music and dance ensemble Batala Los Angeles joins the Brazilian Carnaval 2014line up. Directed by Mario Pallais, Batala Los Angeles combines samba reggae musical arrangements and percussion breaks with graphics, costumes, and dance movements. Founded in Paris in 1997 by Bahian percussion Giba Goncalves. From its inception in Paris, individual Batala organizations have sprung up all over the globe. The name Batal? carries a double reference to the phrase "bateu l?," meaning "hit there" in Portuguese and to Obatal? (Oxal?), the Candombl? diety who is the father of the Orixas and of all humanity and is the source of all that is peaceful and compassionate.

Brazilian Carnaval: World Cup 2014 also includes music from Chalo Eduardo's Electrico Carnaval Band, blending world music, rock and Carnaval music from Bahia to Rio with sizzling hot rhythms and soaring guitar melodies, to create a provocative new mixture of Rock n Roll and samba that is electrifying. This All-Star band is curated by Eduardo (who performed with Sergio Mendes, Santana, Mickey Hart, and Ricky Martin) and features top-notch musicians playing Carnaval hits all night long.

Performing at Carnaval for the first time is the band Brasilidade. The band has been performing some of the best samba and pagode (a popular musical style from Rio) across the US for more than 10 years and is made up of accomplished, international artists from Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, America and the Philippines.

The Samba is to Brazilians an unencumbered way to dance into a euphoric, ecstatic state. The audience will be invited to surrender to samba beats, Capoeira, and participatory Carnaval Parade dances. A parade of energetic and ornately costumed samba dancers will be led by director and choreographer Joany Macias and her L.A. Samba Dancers. Performing elaborate and lightning-fast steps, these dancers exhibit samba culture and elegance via athletic and energetic samba dance skills. Macias' also leads the L.A. Samba Drummers an all-star Brazilian percussion samba band dedicated to maintaining authentic Brazilian samba culture.

Brazil is known for its one of a kind style of soccer, known as "samba-style." This extraordinary technique is characterized by skillful and free-flowing moves, executed with a flamboyance, speed and creativity in footwork that resembles the samba dance. Carnaval celebrates the spirit of Brazilian soccer culture with a special Midnight Exhibition of Samba-Style Soccer dribbling featuring Brazilian American soccer players and Batala L.A. performing an energizing call & response piece from the audience.

Carnaval also features sessions of en masse dance floor choreography and blocos choreographed by Fransini Giraldo from SambaBody, Brazilian arts and crafts, Havaianas, and giveaway souvenirs of Mardi Gras beads, tambourines and shakers, courtesy of our sponsor Remo Percussion Instruments.

DJ Chris Brazil spins additional Brazilian dance music between sets. The video visual environment featuring Brazilian sites and culture by Leonardo Bondani (performed with Moby, Deep Forest, Lila Downs, Mexican Institute of Sound) will also include a Rio Carnaval simulcast.

The largest and most extravagant Carnaval on the West Coast, Brazilian Nites' Carnaval has consistently sold out, drawing a crowd for the past 13 years. This music and dance spectacle is an authentic demonstration of Carnaval dance, costuming, parading, live Brazilian dance music, drink and food. Patricia Leao, Producer from Brazilian Nites Productions, has brought L.A. the best of Brazilian talent since 1989. Brazilian Nites partners with Painted Turtle, a non-profit charity that provides an innovative camp and family care center for children with life threatening illnesses, in presenting Brazilian Carnaval: World Cup 2014.

The 14th Annual Brazilian Carnaval: World Cup 2014 is sponsored by REMO, Soyombo Vodka, 90.7 FM KPFK, Samba Body, Living Out Loud L.A., Fusicology, LatinoLA.com. UBATUBA.COM and Brazilian Exotic Food!

The Club Nokia Brazilian Carnaval: World Cup 2014 is for all ages. Presale tickets are: $45 general admission / standing room only ($55 @ the door) & $67.50 preferred seating ($77.50 @ the door). Purchase General Admission and Preferred Seating tickets by calling (818) 566-1111 or visit http://www.BrazilianNites.com.Club Nokia is located at 800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. Parking on site available for a fee.

The Club Nokia Brazilian Carnaval: World Cup 2014 is for all ages.Presale tickets are: $47.50 general admission / standing room only ($57.50 @ the door)& $67.50 preferred table seating ($77.50 @ the door) . Group discounts 10% off of 10 or more. Purchase General Admission and Preferred Seating tickets by calling (818) 566-1111, visit http://www.BrazilianNites.com

Club Nokia is located at 800 West Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015. Parking on site available for a fee.

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