The world’s premier Brazilian Mardi Gras outside of Brazil, Austin’s Carnaval Brasileiro, returns for its 41st year. Derived from the decades-old tradition of Brazilian Carnival, Austin’s own Carnaval Brasileiro is one of the most wildly authentic indoor Brazilian Carnival parties in the world, with more than 6,000 attendees each year.
Carnaval Brasileiro 2018 will feature performances from world-renowned Carnaval performer Dandara Odara and her seven-piece band. Dandara and her band will perform everything from traditional Brazilian carnaval rhythms such as Rio-style sambas and marches to her native Bahian samba-reggae grooves. The evening will also feature Austin’s own Recife-style maracatú ensemble, Grupo Massa, a local group of seven drummers, accompanying bass, guitar and accordion.