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Brazilian Carnaval of Love Takes Over The Conga Room

The most authentic and extravagant party on the West Coast returns for its fifteenth year, February 14

By LatinoLA Contributor
Published on LatinoLA: February 6, 2015


Brazilian Carnaval of Love Takes Over The Conga Room


The L.A. institution of true Latin party spirit, sensuality and rhythms returns to seduce Angelenos when the 15th annual Brazilian Carnaval of Love beckons revelers on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Conga Room/LA Live. A faithful replica of the real Carnavals in Rio and Bahia, Carnaval is the most authentic and extravagant party on the West Coast and has consistently sold out for the past 14 years.

L.A.'s official, and longest-running party tradition happens in the heart of Downtown L.A. This hybrid dance party and Brazilian music concert offers Angelenos the chance to indulge the senses and lose themselves in a relentless sea of samba, surrendering to irresistible beats behind the anonymity of sequins, masks and feathers.

Brazilian appetizers and the national cocktail of Brazil ÔÇô the Caipirinha ÔÇô will also be available for purchase. Caipirinhas are made with Brazil's most common distilled alcoholic beverage Cacha?ºa, 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. Plus the Brazilian beer Itaipava are served to heighten the sensory adventure.

Costumes are encouraged!

Marcela Oliveira's Samba & More Samba dancers and drummers inaugurate this years' Carnaval with a rambunctious parade. Sotaque da Bahia of acclaimed international touring musicians perform Carnaval hits, with an all-night pageant of elite samba dancers and capoeira, the Afro Brazilian martial art dance. Special guest appearance by Sydney Maria's Oba Oba International Dancers.

Carnaval's Official Host:

Dr. Robert M. Rey, star of the hit reality show "Dr. 90210," will act as Host at this year's Carnaval of Love 2015. Dr. Rey is a Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon with a number of film, television and fashion industry clients. He received his extensive medical training from a Harvard Medical School's Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, U.C.L.A. School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine and Harvard University. Dr. Rey has conducted academic research in both cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery and has published in some of the most prestigious medical and plastic surgery journals in the World. He is also an author, lecturer, medical broadcaster, actor, artist and martial artist.

THE SOUNDS, SAMBA & EUPHORIA OF BRAZIL

Catch the Carnaval sensation and mingle, misbehave and move to the contagious beats of Sotaque Baiano, plus an all star Brazilian percussion samba band curated by Marcela Oliveira featuring top notch musicians playing Carnaval hits all night long performing marchinhas, frevos, samba reggae and carioca sambas that will transport you to Rio de Janeiro and Bahia.

Performing at Carnaval for the first time is the band Sotaque Baiano. The San Francisco based band has been performing some of the best axe beat dance music, trio eletrico, samba and pagode (a popular musical style from Rio) across the US for more than 10 years and is made up of accomplished artists from Bahia, Brazil.

The Samba is to Brazilians an unencumbered way to dance into a euphoric, ecstatic state. The audience will enter the Sambodrome created by Brazilian Nites at Conga Room and surrender to the Brazilian beats of Samba, Capoeira, and participatory Carnaval Parade dances.

Carnaval also features sessions of en masse dance floor choreography and bloco choreographed by Slleyk da Bahia, a professional dance teacher, artist and choreographer of the acclaimed Olodum from Salvador Bahia, the heart of Afro-Brazilian culture. Anyone can join the "Bloco Carnaval of Love" , just join Slleyk's rehearsals/instruction every week leading up to the party, for the schedules and location visit: www.slleykdabahia.com.

Party goers will not only get the full version of Carnaval as well as souvenirs of Mardi Gras beads, masks and shakers, courtesy of our sponsor Remo Percussion Instruments. DJ Chris Brazil spins Latin dance mixes DJ between sets. The video visual environment featuring Brazil's simulcast of Carnaval on all screens and a 100 drummer participatory drum circle hosted by REMO will culminate in a thunderous grand finale that includes audience participation.

The Official 15th Annual Brazilian Carnaval of Love ÔÇô Carnaval do Amor is sponsored by: Remo Percussion Instruments, KPFK 90.7 FM, Brazilian Digital Channel - BDCi TV, LA Weekly, Fusicology, Brasil-USA Network, and www.Cali4fun.net.

The Conga Room Brazilian Carnaval of Love is for 21 and over. Presale tickets are: $45 general admission / standing room only (for a limited time only) & $65.00 reserved table seat, $75.00 VIP seat and Bottle Service. Purchase General Admission and Reserved Table Seat tickets by calling (818) 566-1111 or visit http://www.BrazilianNites.com.

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

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