Concert recap: Grazyna Auguscik & Paulinho Garcia in Chicago

I finally went to check out Grazyna Auguscik and Paulinho Garcia at the Old Town School of Folk Music last night, and it was a really great concert – perfect for a warm, June night. I wasn’t sure what to expect because I like Latin music, but am not that knowledgeable when it comes to Brazilian Jazz. Also, while I like the Beatles, I’m not as hardcore a fan as some people. However, I ended up really liking the approach to the duo’s The Beatles Nova project.

They also did several more traditional Brazilian jazz pieces, which were fun and offered a nice mix with the reimagined Beatles classics. But my absolute favorite part of the performance is when they did this song, “Apelo” / “Samba Przed Rozstaniem,” which Grazyna sang in Polish and Paulinho sang in Portuguese. The melody is beautiful (then again, I’m a sucker for dramatic songs full of yearning) and the blend of the two languages was perfect. Here’s a video I found of them singing it a few years back:

If you missed them last night, the duo is performing tonight at Katerina’s at 8:30 p.m., which regularly has a great line-up of international acts.

Two more things. First, I really like the concert hall at the Old Town School of Folk Music. I’d never seen a show there before, but I’d definitely go back. Second, I seem to be obsessed with wearing crazy combinations of prints lately. My ensemble for the concert consisted of a floral orange blouse, a jungle-themed green scarf, and a random-patterned bracelet.

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