SANTA BARBARA, CA – KCSB-FM 91.9 is pleased to announce a major collaboration with The Goodland – A Kimpton Hotel. On the evening of Friday, May 29th, Santa Barbara’s only community-radio station welcomes independent Brazilian musician Rodrigo Amarante, in concert poolside at The Goodland. This will be Amarante’s first performance in Santa Barbara since embarking upon a solo career.
Conceived as a “student appreciation event” to close out the school year, the concert is also near the finale of UCSB’s “Come Together Isla Vista Remembrance” activities — which mark the anniversary of the senseless tragedy of May 2014. KCSB’s student leaders invite UCSB students and I.V. residents, plus the greater Santa Barbara community, to experience the uplifting songs of a true global artist in the relaxed environment of The Goodland, outdoors among the boutique hotel’s spacious courtyard, lounge, and pool area. With a 7:30pm opener still TBA, Amarante’s acoustic set will follow from 8:30-10pm.
A mastermind behind Brazilian rock band Los Hermanos and a co-founder of “the samba supergroup” Orquesta Imperial, Amarante relocated to the US in 2008. That year, he co-founded the trio Little Joy with vocalist Binki Shapiro and Fabrizio Moretti of The Strokes. This catapulted his career as he emerged fully on the world stage.
Although he is currently based in Los Angeles, Amarante’s musical roots are exemplified by his professional connections with fellow Brazillian artists such as Gilberto Gil, Marisa Monte, and Tom Zé. He also has close ties to artists Devendra Banhart and The Moldy Peaches’ Adam Green, and he has recently toured with Neko Case of The New Pornographers.
Rodrigo Amarante’s first album, Cavalo, was released in the spring of 2014 by the fledgling L.A.-based label Easy Sound Recording Company. Amarante’s stunning multilingual debut has gained the attention of KCRW, KEXP, The Chicago Tribune, Mojo Magazine, The A.V. Club, and NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and “Tiny Desk Concerts.” It features folk, indie rock, modern “soft-touch bossa nova” elements (The LA Times), and “spiritually energized, gently psychedelic…[and] foot-tapping, head-bobbing jams” (Esquire.com).
KCSB-FM connected with Amarante during Summer 2014, when he performed on “Future Daze,” hosted by DJs Luna and Mr. Supersonico. KCSB’s staff, including General Manager Yibing Guo (aka Luna, a fourth-year Film & Media Studies major), appreciated Amarante’s down-to-earth charm and his unexpected audience, which formed along the fringes of the studio. Video of that acoustic performance earned the musician’s accolades — and has accumulated thousands of views on YouTube. Amarante’s song “Irene” was later featured on KCSB’s first Live In Studio A compilation CD. His May 29th concert – which will also be broadcast live at 91.9 FM (streaming at www.kcsb.org) – marks the full flowering of those ties.
Known for its commitment to innovative music, KCSB-FM is excited to host this unique event in a Goleta venue (5650 Calle Real) that also supports culture and arts in our community. Tickets go on sale online Monday, May 4th, via Nightout.com. Presale tickets are $7 students and $10 general. Tickets at the door will be $15. This event is 19+ only. Seasonal food & craft cocktails will be available at The Outpost. Stay tuned to 91.9 FM / www.kcsb.org for concert updates and more information.
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RODRIGO AMARANTE Poolside Concert & Live KCSB-FM 91.9 Broadcast
Doors: 7:00pm. Event 7:30-10pm. Advance Tix: $7 Student/$10 General. $15 At Door.
At The Goodland – A Kimpton Hotel (5650 Calle Real, Goleta)