RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Founded on March 1, 1565, the city of Rio de Janeiro is celebrating its 450th anniversary this year with over 200 events ranging from concerts to openings to activities including marathons, installations and more taking place throughout the city. With this weekend marking the official anniversary on Sunday, March 1st, the celebrations are getting a boost.
First before March begins, on the eve of the anniversary, there will be a very special birthday concert event on Saturday, February 28th. Held in the North Zone park,Quinta da Boa Vista , the event, which is free to the public, will feature twenty bands and artists performing songs that celebrate the city through musical styles ranging from bossa nova to MPB to samba to hip-hop to rock.
Performing live will be some of the biggest names in Brazilian music today. The lineup features: Ana Carolina, Arlindo Cruz, Baby do Brasil, Caetano Veloso, Diogo Nogueira, Erasmo Carlos, Fernanda Abreu, Gilberto Gil, Jorge Benjor, Marcelo D2, Martinho da Vila, Max de Castro, Neguinho of Beija-Flor (the 2015 Carnival champion school), Paralamas do Sucesso, Paulinho da Viola, Roberto Frejat, Simoninha, Toni Garrido, Vanessa da Mata and Zeca Pagodinho.