Last night was rare occurrence in Seattle, a SOLD OUT show for a Brazilian artist on a Thursday.
It happened at Neumos, nice yet at times sweltering venue. The artist was Seu Jorge. True, the appearance in Wes Andersonâ€™s â€œLife Aquaticâ€ did imbed him with the hipster crowd, and yes they were waiting for a few of the Bowie covers that permeated the movie. I loved the movie btw.
But this was still a Brazilian artist! Singing in portugese to a packed house. Awesome. Seu was positioned a bit to stage left, not in the center. It was a nice touch to showcase the band aspect of the performance. The only English he used was to explain the social problems of the Brazilian Favelas (ghettos) and reminded the audience to appreciate the bounty and good fortune of being in the US. He opened the show with a reminder that the Brazil-Japan world cup game was a 4-1 victory for Brazil. The crowd cheered ecstatically and the many yellow jerseys in the audience added a nice flavor to the night.
The fact that KEXP and my show is one of the only places you can hear Seu Jorge in Seattle added a â€œjob well doneâ€ to the show.
I was reminded by many that they would never have heard of him if they didnâ€™t listen to Wo-Pop.