Live gigs in Rio de Janeiro and the brain on Music

Music,  uniquely appreciated by humans, is often described as being a universal language. But if music is a language, it is one of feeling and movement. With  drum beats that echo the heart and rhythms of tension and resolution, music is like a living, breathing organism. It affects us like an embracing gesture and is a powerful elicitor of dopamine in the brain’s reward centres. Pupils dilate, blood rushes to the muscles. The cerebellum, a region in the sub-cortex associated with balance and action, buzzes to life. When the musicians themselves are live and present, the interchange of meaning that music offers seems to magnify.

Live samba at Circo Voador, Lapa.

Mischa has been playing the guitar since his early teenage years. When he was 23, he spent several months in Granda, Spain, learning the flamenco style. Nowadays his focus is on electronic music and when we travel we are always on the look-out for live music gigs. Here’s a list we came up with for Rio de Janeiro:

Carioca da Gema (Brazillian). Av. Mem de Sá, 79 – Centro.

Vinícius Show Bar (Bosa Nova). Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 39 – Ipanema.

Renascença Clube (Authentic Brazillian), R. Barão de São Francisco, 54 – Andaraí.

Bip Bip (local musicians jam in this hole-in-the-wall). Rua Alm. Gonçalves, 50 – Copacabana.

Trapiche Gamboa (Samba). Sacadura Cabral 155, Saúde.

Beco das Garrafas (Samba). Rua Duvivier, 37 – J, K, L – Copacabana.

Casa Rosa (Samba). R. Alice, 550 – Laranjeiras.

Rio Scenarium (Brazillian music). Rua do Lavradio, 20- Rio de Janeiro –Lapa.

Circo Voador (Live music venue, various styles). Rua dos Arcos s/n Lapa.

Trapiche Gamboa (Samba). Sacadura Cabral 155, Saúde.

Tri Oz Rio (Jazz/ Brazillian). Rua Conde de Lages, 19, Lapa.

Casarão Ameno Resedá (Samba / Jazz) Rua Pedro Américo, 277 – Catete.

Bar Bukowski (Rock). Rua Álvaro Ramos, 270 – Botafogo.

Autopub Oficial (Rock). Rua Guilherme Malaquias Júnior, 48 Curicica, Jacarepaguá.

Clube dos Democraticos (Various). R. Riachuelo, 91 – Centro.

Feira Nordestino São Cristóvão (Forró / folk). Campo de São Cristóvão, 102c – São Cristóvão.