Brazilian singer/songwriter Caetano Veloso plays next month in New York City. The concert will take place at Terminal 5, a Bowery Presents Company's venue, on the 8th. It is a one night only show and tickets are 45 dollars if bought in advance.
Caetano was born in Santo Amaro, Bahia, in 1945, though was in Sao Paulo, in the mid 60’s, where his professional musical career began. At first, as the majority of Brazilian musicians back then, Veloso’s compositions drew on the Bossa Nova’s Joao Gilberto, but he soon would develop the style which brought attention to his music. Incorporating musical and aesthetical ideas from quite diverse influences such as the Beatles, the French Dadaism and Brazilian 1920’s Modernist poetry; alongside with Gilberto Gil, his sister Maria Bethania, Gal Costa and a bunch of other intellectualized artists, he started what can be considered brazil’s musical renaissance, the short-lived cultural revolution known as Tropicalismo.
Unfortunately, it lasted for about one year and half. Caetano and Gil were exiled in London by Brazilian’s dictatorship. The three years they spent in England were actually very productive. Both of them never stopped working and some wonderful songs came out of this forced vacation. In 1972, they returned to Brazil and found out that Tropicalia remained intact and its audiences did nothing but grow.
Although Caetano’s career tone was set by Tropicalismo, he’s experienced a lot over the years. Through rock, samba, bossa, African beats, regional Brazilian tunes, Italian pop and our own popular music, his style has evolved and led him to high places. Teminal 5 gig is a chance to see this grammy-winner, gray-haired, former-revolutionary chameleon calmly rock your socks off.