Arthur Verocai returns to L.A. for a series of appearances and performances, unveils exclusive MP3
It’s a good time to be a fan of all things Brazil: The squad from the futbol-frenzied nation recently defeated North Korea in its first World Cup match, Seu Jorge has a new and excellent LP on the way from Now-Again Records, and now Arthur Verocai, one of the country’s most vaunted products from the Tropicalia heyday of the early 1970s, has returned to Los Angeles for a free concert and a series of appearances.
Those who missed Verocai’s "Timeless" appearance last spring (his first-ever Los Angeles date) would be well served to catch him Friday night at the Los Angeles Theater Center, where he'll be performing alongside a 12-piece band. Expect new material and renditions from Verocai's self-titled 1972 opus, a landmark of sun and samba-steeped soul music that has been sampled by the likes of Madlib, MF Doom, and Ludacris.
The concert will cap a three-day run of activity that includes question-and-answer sessions following Wednesday night's and Thursday night's "Timeless" screenings at the Downtown Independent Theater. Thursday morning, Verocai will perform on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic" between 11:15 a.m. and noon.
For those interested in knowing more about Verocai, this Pop & Hiss article from last year features a Q&A and an introduction to his storied career and experiences fighting the repressive military government that ruled Brazil from 1969 to 1974. In the meantime, Verocai and "Timeless" sponsors VTech and Mochilla are giving away an exclusive Pop & Hiss MP3 of "Seriado," recorded live during last March's performance.
-- Jeff Weiss
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