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Review By: Lisa Summer

Celebrating 50 Years of Brazil 66

Venue: Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center, Redondo Beach, CA 

For one special night, the Brazilian and Redondo Beach communities gathered at The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center for, “A Celebration of 50 Years of Brazil 66. The Brazilian spirit came alive through food, dance, music and the Brazilian culture.


The evening was comprised of the headliner, three time Grammy Award Winner, multi-platinum artist, producer and composer, Sergio Mendes, his band Brazil 66, and Rapper H20. Violinist and vocalist Valerie Mason  was the opening act.  DJ Potira, Samba da Mudança Drummers and the Samba Soul Dancers were the special pre VIP entertainment for this special occasion.

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The celebration blasts off with a perfect blend of hip hop meets samba rhythms by DJ Potira. Next, the Samba Soul Dance Company and the Samba da Mudança drummers bump the energy up a notch in the room with the drummer’s erotic and pulsating beats. The beautiful exotic dancers  stole everyone’s attention with their pulsating rhythms, bronze and golden embroidered bikinis and large ornate head dresses. 


The main show began with Valerie Mason, a talented vocalist and violinist born in Mexico singing a set of her best songs in Spanish with her solid trio.

Next up, Sergio Mendez and his incredibly talented band Brazil 66  took the stage with rapper H2O and they did not disappoint. They sang some of their greatest hits like “The Look of Love,” to “Scarborough Fair” and added a rapper "H2O" to a couple of songs as well.


The voices of  Gracinha Leporasi and  Katie  Hamptonwere were in perfect harmony and the musicianship was off the chain, as percussionist Gibi Dessantos showcased his talents on various instruments during his solo on "Misturada."

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Sergio and the band received two standing ovations and we all fell in love with Sergio and Brazil 66 all over again. Leo Costa - drums, Gibi Dossantos - percussion, Alphonso Johnson - bass, Kleber Jorge - guitar, Scott Mayo - sax, Katie  Hampton and, Gracinha Leporasi on vocals.




On a scale of 1-10, Sergio Mendez’s 50th Anniversary of music with his band Brazil 66 received a 10. The show brought back a lot of good memories.













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