Maria Bethânia in concert At Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater

Maria Bethânia in concert

Friday November 11th, 8PM

Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater

1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach

Tickets are $40 – $100, and are on sale starting Friday August 5th through Ticketmaster outlets or the Fillmore box office.

Presented by The Rhythm Foundation and Espirito Santo Bank

In a major coup, the Rhythm Foundation has confirmed an exclusive North American performance of Maria Bethânia, her first US show in 13 years and first Miami appearance in over 22 years.  With a stunning body of work spanning over 5 decades and with her most recent releases receiving popular and critical acclaim, Maria Bethânia is surely one of the greatest artists in the world today.  Whether recording the songs of her brother Caetano Veloso, or unknown poets of the countryside, Bethania’s voice carries words and enraptures the listener like nobody else.   The concert takes place Friday, November 11th at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater.

With her low, throaty voice, Miss Bethania caresses her ballads, letting the melodies stretch out, warm and languorous. She sings love songs with breathy intimacy; other ballads pour out phrase by tender phrase as if she were thinking them up on the spot. For all the rich melancholy of her ballads, Miss Bethania can also breeze through uptempo songs, riding the propulsive rhythms of her home state, Bahia, and tossing off lyrics in easy syncopations.” — New York Times

Maria Bethânia – Brazilian singer, icon, goddess – became a major star in Brazil as one of the founders of tropicalia in the late 1960s.  Along with Caetano Veloso, and musical partners Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa, the four young musicians created a cultural wave still rolling today.  Shirking the repression of Brazil’s military dictatorship, Bethania and company married the electricity of the psychedelic era and youth culture with the traditional beauty of Brazilian music and culture.   She quickly earned her nickname abelha rainha (queen bee) of MPB (Brazilian Popular Music).

Maria Bethania has released more that 30 albums, having shared the spotlight with legends like Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque and her colleagues from Bahia, Gil, Gal and brother Caetano.  Since the very beginning of her career, her work is synonymous with professionalism, integrity and a deep respect for the craft of songwriters, poets and musicians.

The new millennium has been particularly creative for this tireless artists, who continues to make landmark recordings, historic concerts and unforgettable duets. She performed along side Luciano Pavarotti in Brazil, with Caetano Veloso in Portugal, and for the millennium New Years Eve with Gilberto Gil for over 200,000 people in Salvador, Bahia.  At the end of 2009 Maria Bethania again chose to release two brand new albums simultaneously, showing tremendous creative. Tua (Biscoito Fino) and Encanteria (Quitanda), led to the concert tour entitled Amor, Festa, Devoção which visited several Brazilian capitals, as well as London, Lisbon and Buenos Aires in 2010.  Encanteria received the Best Singer and Best Album awards at the Prêmio de Música Brasileira. The song Feita na Bahia by Roque Ferreira was awarded Best Song. Tua received many nominations for the 2010 Latin GRAMMY Awards in Las Vegas, and the title song won Best Song in Portuguese.

Tickets to Maria Bethânia in concert November 11 at the Fillmore Miami Beach are on sale Friday August 5th:  $40, $60, $80 and $100, through Ticketmaster outlets or the Fillmore Miami Beach box office.

Maria Bethania in concert is made possible with the support of Espirito Santo Bank, TAM Airlines, Baptist Executive Health, Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, Gazeta Brazilian News, Acontece, Miami Magazine, Brazilian American Chamber of Commerce of Florida (BACCF), Centro Cultural Brasil-USA (CCBU) and the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs

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