A summer series of performances showcasing Brazilian styles of music and dance will kick off with a performance by DJ Dolores Thursday, July 12th, at The Temple Bar, 1026 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica.

The series continues with performances by ZÈ Renato Sunday, July 15th; Marcos Ariel on Sunday, August 5th; Afro Reggae on Sunday, August 19th; and Rob Curto on Thursday, August 30th.

Tickets are $15 per performance.

DJ Dolores (aka Helder Arag“o), is known as an innovator of Brazil’s mangue-beat, and draws his inspiration from urban and rural musical styles said to be favored by the Brazilian working classes. DJ Dolores blends them with loops, breakbeats, and street sounds to create a musical cocktail with cultural and political messages.

ZÈ Renato is a singer and songwriter who has collaborated with Milton Nascimento, Lenine, Paulo CÈsar Pinheiro and Al Di Meola. He is a member of the band Boca Livre.

Rob Curto’s ForrÛ For All is a band dedicated to the sound of Northeastern Brazil’s traditional forrÛ pÈ de serra dance music, performed with a sensibility born of New York City’s diverse and dynamic musical culture. ForrÛ For All combines jazz sensibilities with traditional Brazilian dance sounds. Rob Curto’s ForrÛ For All made their California debut in January 2007 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.

Marcos Ariel has gotten his music heard through several performances in Brazil and throughout North and South America, including a “Homage to Tom Jobim” show that took place at the Ford Amphitheater in Los Angeles on September 30th, 2005. With original arrangements and forms, Marcos Ariel promotes the encounter between bossa nova and jazz, mixing be-bop articulations with the swing from samba and choro.

Born out of a desire to counteract what the group calls the violent drug industry and police oppression in Brazil, Grupo Cultural AfroReggae ñ GCAR (“AfroReggae Cultural Group”) was formed in January 1993, initially around AfroReggae NotÌcias (“AfroReggae News”) — a newspaper designed to disseminate information about black culture. The newspaper and band primarily targeted young people interested in reggae, soul, and hip-hop.

Information, (310) 393-6611.

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