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    The Big Easy

    Presented by at Stateside at the Paramount

    February 17 - February 18, 2017


    The Big Easy

    Austin Samba, the largest samba percussion and dance group in the United States, will present The Big Easy on Friday and Saturday, February 17 – 18, 2017 at 7 pm at the Stateside Theatre at the Paramount, located at 719 Congress Ave in Austin.


    With 50 performers and special guests, the traditional Rio-style Samba school will cook up an electrifying evening of classic tunes from New Orleans (The Big Easy) simmered in Brazilian percussion and spiced with beautiful choreography. The show will combine the soul of New Orleans, the birthplace of Jazz? and home to the United States’ biggest Mardi Gras celebration, with the pageantry of Rio, the origin of Samba and home to Brazil’s biggest Carnaval celebration. Austin Samba will pay respect to the greats of New Orleans through a wild mash-up of Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, Jerry Lee Lewis and Clifton Chenier layered with Brazilian rhythms and dance.


    The Big Easy kicks off at 7 pm with a performance by the Dr. Zog Band, a swampadelic Austin-based Zydeco band. Other special guests include Sarah Altoe and Fory Graham from The Sambagators, who will take the stage for the samba de enredo, an original samba about New Orleans by Rio-based composer Edson "Baby" de Oliveira. The Macaxeira Horns from Macaxeira Funk, a powerful samba-funk orchestra, will join the horn line and Abou Sylla, a master percussionist and performer of West African music, will be featured in a tribute to Congo Square.


    “Laissez les bons temps rouler!” exclaims Robert Patterson, the founder and director of Austin Samba, who describes this show as “?A rich musical gumbo of New Orleans mixed with the sizzling rhythms and dance of Brazil.”


    Last year, Austin Samba put on a sold-out performance of Texas! A Horse Opera, their inaugural musical theater production on the Stateside Theatre stage. For the past 16 years, the group has performed at public and private events throughout the state, and for the past 12 years, has performed in one of Austin's longest-running and most spectacular annual traditions -- Carnaval Brasileiro, held each February at Palmer Events Center. They give an exciting and authentic taste of Rio, modeled on that city's legendary "escolas de samba" that often comprise 300 drummers and thousands of dancers in Rio's annual Carnaval parades.

    Stateside at the Paramount

    719 Congress Ave
    Austin, TX 78701

    Full map and directions

    Admission Info:

    Start at $17.

    Phone: (512) 474-1221


    EVENT PARKING - Secure covered parking for only $6.00!

    We have joined together with our generous parking sponsor, Thomas Properties Group, to offer inexpensive covered parking* at the One American Center parking garage, conveniently located one block from the theatres at 600 Congress.

    Your $6.00 parking pass may be purchased at the garage entrance from the parking attendant (cash only). The garage will open two hours prior to performances (one hour prior to Paramount Presented films) and will close one hour after the performance.

    *Parking is usually available for evening and weekend shows and films. Availability varies; please call (512) 472-5470 to see if your event offers parking.
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    Parking Meters - Throughout downtown Austin, parking meters are free on Sundays and on some holidays.

    Parking Meter Time Limits?- During the day, the time limits for these spaces vary. Common maximum parking time limits are 2 and 3 hours. Each meter is labeled with its maximum parking time limit as well as the hours and days that parking meter time limits are in effect.

    Parking Meter Fees - Unless otherwise posted, you must feed your meter (without exceeding the maximum time limit) Monday through Saturday from 8:00 am until midnight. Parking meters in Austin accept nickels, dimes and quarters. A quarter will usually get you about 10-15 minutes, but it can vary by location.

    Parking Meter Fee Exemptions (Free Parking) - The parking meter fee is waived on these holidays:
    January 1 (New Year's Day)
    July 4 (Independence Day)
    First Monday in September (Labor Day)
    Last Thursday in November Thanksgiving)
    December 25 (Christmas Day)


    Daily or Hourly Parking - Many of the garages and surface lots Downtown offer parking on an hourly or daily basis for reasonable rates. A list of nearby lots:

    600 Sabine
    Surface Lot
    Evenings and Weekends
    Central Parking, (512) 474-1530

    E. 7th & San Jacinto
    Surface Lot
    Evenings and Weekends
    Highland Resources, (512) 474-6491

    107 W. 6th
    Evenings and Weekends
    State of Texas, (512) 463-5420

    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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