Friday, September 6, 2013 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Location: Sanborn Square, Downtown Boca Raton

The City of Boca Raton is proud to present the Boca Brazilian Beat, deemed South Florida’s official Brazilian Independence Day Celebration by the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, held on Friday, September 6 at 6 p.m. in Sanborn Square, 72 N. Federal Hwy. (one block north of Palmetto Park Road).

Event-goers will enjoy spectacular live music with Forró in the Dark, and Eta Carinae on the main stage, street entertainment including Zumba showcase, Capoeira dancers, carnival dancers and drummers, and also delicious Brazilian food.

Forró in the Dark is the collective of New York-based Brazilian ex-pats – leader Mauro Refosco (zabumba drum and vocals), who also performs with David Byrne and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Guilherme Monteiro (guitar and vocals) and Jorge Continentino (pifano flute, sax and vocals) who are updating the traditional Brazilian sound for the 21st century.

For those who don’t already know,forró is the hip-swiveling, dance floor-filling, rural party music of Brazil’s northeastern states. Forró in the Dark have performed in major festivals around the world including Bonnaroo, and the prestigious Monterey and Montreal Jazz Festivals.

Eta Carinae hails from the musical city of Recife, in the state of Pernambuco in the Northeast of Brazil. Named after the brightest star in the galaxy, this band brings together the traditional rhythms baião and maracatu and mixes them with modern pop and electronic sounds. Eta Carinae has toured extensively around the world and has played at several major European festivals.

Free parking for Brazilian Beat is available at City Hall (201 West Palmetto Park Road), the Downtown Library (400 Northwest Boca Raton Boulevard), and other locations downtown where event signage is featured.