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Centered Patricia Leao of Brazilian Nites Productions and John Bryan of IMCG Production.
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.
Vanessa Gomez, Ginna Hargins and Director Gisela Ferreira
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.
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."
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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