Os Mutantes Revive Tropicalia at LPR

Brazil's legendary Tropicália band, Os Mutantes, came to Le Poisson Rouge for two nights to prove that they can still throw a good party. Original member Sérgio Dias led the troupe with charisma and explosive guitar solos.

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Brazil's legendary Tropicália band, Os Mutantes, came to Le Poisson Rouge for two nights to prove that they can still throw a good party. Original member Sérgio Dias led the troupe with charisma and explosive guitar solos.
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Pedro Moraes, Brazilian pop crooner, warmed up the crowd at LPR with a few originals.
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Pedro's NYC-based bassist proved a worthy accomplice, playing intricate Brazilian rhythms and grooves.
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Pedro's warm baritone was a pleasant contrast to the often thin-voiced songwriters one can bump into on Bleecker Street on any given night.
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Moraes's drummer, son of one of Novos Baianos's members, joined the fun, making the evening complete with various legendary Brazilian musical bloodlines.
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Catch Pedro Moraes for yourself on Monday, January 14th at Le Poisson Rouge.
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Though the only original member of Os Mutantes gracing the stage at LPR, Sérgio Dias brought the energy and good humor necessary to make the show a true success.
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Though significantly younger than Dias, the current backing band of Os Mutantes has the right idea. They exude the psychedelic nature of the music in their demeanor, dress and playing.
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Sérgio Dias held nothing back, playing ample bluesy solos compounded with copious fuzz.
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Bia Mendes, who has the immense task of replicating Rita Lee's vocals, does so effortlessly, flirting with the audience throughout the performance.
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Dias brought out all of the old toys.
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Os Mutantes's new drummer kept a straight face throughout the performance, making sure to keep the occasionally wild tracks in order.
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Dias was dressed as some sort-of rock and roll monk, draped in black.
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Mendes never stopped smiling, exuding good vibes to the band and audience.
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Dias's sideman had a lot on his plate, dealing with woodwinds, guitar parts, back-up vocals and electronics.
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Os Mutantes took us through their entire repertoire, from 1968's "A Minha Menina" to 2009's "Neurociencia do Amor."
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A scarlet red keyboardist played classic samples from the 60s and 70s along with shrieking organ lines.
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MVTANTES drum head.
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Flute and other woodwinds play an important part in the classic Tropicália sound.
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Os Mutantes sold out two nights at LPR, gathering NYC's Brazilian population along with Tropicália fans excited to hear songs they'd only heard recordings of live.
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