Live on the Plaza

Gafieira Rio Miami

Presenting Sponsor TD Bank

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March 11, 2023 at 7:30 PM


Thomson Plaza for the Arts

Run Time

75 minutes

Parental Guide

All ages

A Live on the Plaza fan favorite returns! Imagine Count Basie went down to Rio de Janeiro and combined his big band with a samba school. This is Gafieira Rio Miami, a one-of-a-kind, 11-piece Brazilian big band created by bassist and Latin Grammy winner Diogo Brown. One of the most in-demand bass players in the industry, Brown has worked with renowned artists such as Laura Pausini, Buika, Nouvelle Vague and Gloria Estefan. To put together this samba-jazz big band, he called on the best professional musicians in South Florida who share a passion for great Brazilian music.

​​This special concert will celebrate the release of the single and music video for “
Nó Na Madeira,” a samba classic by João Nogueira that will be included on the band’s forthcoming debut album, Bring Back Samba.

With a powerful five-piece horn section, plus bass, guitar, drums, percussion and the lovely vocals of Isa Duarte, Gafieira Rio Miami fuses samba, jazz and soul inspired by the joyous, 20th century Rio de Janeiro ballroom dance music known as samba de gafieira. The group’s repertoire includes gorgeous arrangements of classics by Gilberto Gil, Djavan, Alcione, Wilson das Neves, Moacir Santos and others. Get ready to experience the joyous energy of Gafieira Rio Miami!

Live on the Plaza is a series of outdoor concerts on our Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts.

Please note: Tables can be purchased for 1, 2, 3 or 4 guests. Ticket prices are per person. Locations are assigned in the order of purchase in parties of up to four guests based on reservation type.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with light bites and beverage service.
Happy hour pricing available until 7 p.m.
Performance starts at 7:30 p.m.


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