Braza happens every first Friday at SOM San Francisco.

For almost 2 years straight BRAZA! has been offering first class tickets to Brazil.

Well , not literally, but it's as close as you can get without a passport and a costly plane ticket. Braza! was formed by host Antonio Guedes and deejays Vanka, Kento, and Elan as a means to showcase the best in Brazilian music and gather the local Brazilian community in one festive location and to celebrate the heritage and diversity of Brazilian music.

Once a month, Braza! is taking a faithful crowd on a musical trip around Brazil to explore the rhythms and sounds of Samba, Funk, Batucada, MPB, Broken Beat, Tropicália, Hip Hop, Forró, House, Boogie, Soul, Drum 'n' Bass, Disco, Jazz, Bossa Nova, and so much more this great country has to offer.

Whether it's Kento playing his recent finds from a Brazilian family visit or Vanka and Elan playing the contemporary rhythms of Baile Funk and Brazilian house you're guaranteed to see groups of Brazilian transplants moving and socializing. But what gives Braza its lively reputation and charm is the addition of live Brazilian percussion players, iconic Brazilian images being projected onto SOM's wall, and even food carts serving up native delights. The party achieves the difficult task of not only bringing the sights, sounds, and tastes of Brazil but most importantly a spirit that usually can only be found 6,476 miles away.

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