A Tale of Two Nations: Maracatu Nacao Estrela Brilhante and Nation Beat / Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
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Nation Beat, American fans of northeastern Brazilian percussion, went down to Recife more than a decade ago, to jam with legendary, Maracatu Nacao Estrela Brilhante. Their collaboration, with its driving beats, call-and-response vocals, and Afro-Brazilian pageantry, blew the minds of mainstream rock journalists and die-hard Brazilian music fans alike. Now, the traditional maracatu crew is making its first trip to the U.S., touring with Nation Beat as A Tale of Two Nations. More than just music, maracatu features vibrant, intricate costumes, high-energy movement, and Afro-diasporic street theater, complete with colorful stock characters. Joining the revelry will be Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & the Golden Eagles, Mardi Gras Indians whose artistry has strong parallels to maracatu. With dazzling costumes that reflect both African and Native American origins, and with a funk and brass sound that dares listeners not to dance, Boudreaux and crew will both parade and lay down the grooves in a raucous stage set.
Venue Description: The world's leading performing arts center and home to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, Lincoln Center Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, New York Philharmonic, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the School of American Ballet.