What a great trip! I was playing with Jack Bruce & His Big Blues Band on 3 gigs in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Porto Alegre, but I stayed on an extra couple of days to check out the vibes of Sao Paulo. The gigs were great, with passionate audiences singing along and really vibing with the music. We checked out some great local music too, in particular the clubs with samba bands in the Vila Madelena district of Sao Paulo – really great music & atmosphere with dancing and nobody getting shit-faced and obnoxious like they can do in the UK. We managed to squeeze in a few hours at the beach, complete with obligatory caipirinhas, and also a game of footy between Corinthians and Vasco – samba drums playing throughout the whole match. The middle of Sao Paulo had a really great atmosphere, much more relaxed and cosmopolitan than I had envisioned of the city, although I imagine it would be a very different story in the poorer districts.
Buneos Aires had much more of a European feel about it – like Madrid, Barcelona perhaps. We didn’t have much time there but managed to squeeze in a steak bigger than our own heads, and a little of the nightlife. Porto Alegre was very relaxed although we were staying in a well-to-do leafy area which probably wasn’t representative of the whole city.
Oh, yes, I haven’t mentioned the beautiful girls…suffice to say it’s not a myth.
Anyway, here’s the ‘cast, hope it gives you a little feel for the trip: