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Planeta Azul Passistas @ Road to Rio Tour - July 8, 2016

Friends we are SO PROUD to announce the Planeta Azul #passistas invitation to be a part of the Team USA Road To Rio Tour! Our team will be performing and taking pictures all five days of the tour. Stop at the Taste of Chicago (Congress Pkwy entrance off of Michigan Ave). We hope to see you there!

Wednesday, July 6: 5pm-6pm

-Performance 1: 5:10pm-5:20pm

-Performance 2: 5:40pm-5:50pm

Thursday, 7: 5pm-6pm

-Performance 1: 5:10pm-5:20pm

-Performance 2: 5:40pm-5:50pm

Friday, July 8: 6pm-7pm

-Performance 1: 6:10pm-6:20pm

-Performance 2: 6:40pm-6:50pm

Saturday, July 9: 4pm-6pm

-Performance 1: 4:10pm-4:30pm

-Performance 2: 5:00pm-5:10pm

-Performance 3: 5:50pm-6:00pm

Sunday, July 10: 2:30pm-4:30pm

-Performance 1: 2:30pm-2:40pm

-Performance 2: 4:20pm-4:30pm 

Passistas on the Steve Harvey Show! - January 9, 2015

Passistas on the Science Channel's "Through the Wormhole" - July 17, 2014

Did you catch Planeta Azul’s beautiful Passistas Samba dancers on the Science channel this July? Check out Rachel, Kristina, Yaasha, Julissa, and Alex on episode 9 of season 5 of Through the Wormhole, performing samba to help Brazilian physicist Andre de Gouvea and Morgan Freeman explain concepts in particle physics:

A Love Letter to Brazil at the Jazz Showcase - July 15, 2014

Catch Luciano Antonio and Neusa Sauer at Chicago's world-famous Jazz Showcase on July 15th, where he will perform "A Love Letter to Brazil." Luciano and Neusa will take you back 40, 50, and even 60 years ago to the golden years of Bossa Nova and MPB and samba music.

Also featured are some of the following great musicians: some great musicians:
Breno Sauer - piano
Steve Eisen - flute/sax
Luiz Ewerling - drums
Jack Zara - bass

See you tonight July 15th, 8PM - 11PM at the Jazz Showcase!

Highlights from the 2014 World Cup Fever - July 13, 2014

Despite the devastating loss of Brazil in the World Cup, Planeta Azul and the Passistas samba dancers had a great time performing and cheering our country on with you! Here's just one of the many shots of our Passistas Vanessa and Elaine who danced along with the Planeta Azul samba band during one of our World Cup viewing  parties.


Rio 2 Summer Party Tour and FOX32 News - July 10, 2014

The Passistas samba dancers have had the honor of joining the Rio 2 Summer Party tour! Here's our Passista Soleil with the Rio 2 summer party tour bus:



Check our beautiful dancers, Kristina and Vanessa, shaking it with FOX32 news anchor Tammie Souza on Good Day Chicago!

Passistas at Electric Forest Music Festival with String Cheese Incident - July 1, 2014

With all the World Cup fever, the Passistas samba dancers have been busy -- check them out dancing with the renowned jam band, String Cheese Incident, at the 2014 Electric Forest Music Festival! We had a blast!


Thanks to Brian Spady for the photo!

Brazilian Music Comes To Western Illinois - - January 23, 2014

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Chicago’s self-described “Brazilian Jazz Guy,” Luciano Antonio, took a field trip to Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., on Jan 11. Antonio was invited by Nikki Whittaker Malley, instructor in music and director of the jazz program at Knox, to participate in the first Knox Winter Jazz Series — an educational and performance project that aims to showcase innovative voices in jazz from global perspectives.

“We were thrilled to bring Luciano Antonio to Knox for an educational workshop on samba percussion and for a performance by the Luciano Antonio Quartet,” said Malley in an email. “I have long had an interest in Brazilian musics and teach a unit on samba in my Music of the African Diaspora course, so the quartet’s performance was a fantastic way to connect our students’ academic work with live performance.  The samba workshop was a joy: children, parents, and college students interacted in a rich educational experience that allowed everyone to learn about samba percussion through first-hand performance.  The evening concert was outstanding — an exciting blend of traditional Brazilian styles and original compositions.”

Antonio, who has performed and held workshops at several colleges across the Midwest, said he and bandmates Jack Zara (bass), Neal Alger (Guitar) and Heitor Garcia (drums) were thankful for the chance to bring a piece of Brazilian culture to Western Illinois, and were particularly happy with the warm reception by the audience of about 300 at the concert. “It was fantastic, a 1 1/2 hour concert with a riveted audience,” he said. “You could hear a pin drop.”

Ringing in the New Year 2014! - January 1, 2014

Entertainment group Live 2U and Chicago's India House Banquets brought sizzling Bollywood girls, Brazilian Samba dancers, belly dancers and delicious 110 food items and loads of champagne for the Indian community to ring in 2014 at a colourful New Year eve event at Indian House Banquets. - See more at:

Freestyle Soccer dances to Samba in Chicago - November 15, 2012

From the blog: What do you get when you combine samba, capoeira, breakdance and freestyle soccer together? Pure magic! I had the fortune to be part of a performance in which Chicago’s Brazilian music band Planeta Azul and Steve Elia‘s (Eli Freeze) Freestyle Soccer players got together and combined their talents for an event happening at McCormick Place. Steve is the pioneer of Freestyle soccer, which it did not exist until he started developing tricks with a soccer ball in his backyard just for fun in the mid 80s. Steve describes Freestyle Soccer as “using a soccer ball and expressing yourself with it doing tricks”. The sport of Freestyle Soccer is growing at an exponential rate. There are currently over 250 soccer tricks that are taught around the world and now people are incorporating dancing and break moves to them. This marriage of dance and sports is exciting and very entertaining. Here is a video of a rehearsal we had previous to our performance. Enjoy!

Voted Chicagoano BEST!!! - February 15, 2012

Voted  Chicagoano BEST Brazilian Dance Troupe , BEST Performing Artist and BEST Album by a local musician!

Thank you to all who made this wonderful and privileged surprise a possibility. We humbly and graciously accept the honor. Beijos, your friends at Planeta Azul Entertainment!!!

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Planeta Azul Library Series... - October 25, 2011

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Luciano Antonio CD Release, Come celebrate! - June 12, 2011

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Chicago's Greatest Carnaval Party 2011! - March 5, 2011

Passistas along with many of our fellow band mates from Planeta Azul were invited to participate in Chicago's Greatest Carnaval party 2011, presented by Swing Brasileiro and Sound Culture and special guest feature Luciano Antonio:

Luciano Antonio Project receives standing ovation - February 16, 2011

Luciano Antonio debuted his original works of Brazilian Jazz to a full and an excited house at the Old Town School of Folk Music’s Maurer Concert Hall. Beginning with the up tempo”Pe Na Estrada” (On the Road), he took us on a melodic journey of his life leading from his rural days in Brazil to the more modern and urbanized sounds of his new life via “Aos Filhos do Brasil” (To the Sons of Brazil), his tribute to the children of the streets and commemoration of the Kansas City Band with the same name. The audience was enthralled from beginning to end, enjoying every magical twist and turn with each arrangement. There were many climactic moments of the night, most notable was the soulful rendition of “Abandono” (Abandoned), the compelling duet with Neusa Sauer of Flavio Venturini’s “Pierrot” to Milton Nascimento’s intense and robust “Vera Cruz”.  At concert’s end, the band gathered to take a bow and the audience responded with a standing ovation. We are looking forward to the CD release…

Passista Angels Invited to Perform at the Akira Fashion Fundraiser for Imerman Angels! - September 26, 2010

Passistas Samba Dance Troupe was invited to perform in the opening ceremony for the 7th Annual Garden of Eden fall fashion benefit, Folklorique, at Galleria Marchetti on behalf of Imerman Angels. About 1,800 guests sipped cocktails and enjoyed Passista's dance performances on the outdoor stage! See the Passistas Angels at 1:43:

AKIRA x Imerman Angels Fall Fashion Show 2010 from AKIRA CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Chicago Summerdance 2010 - August 13, 2010

Passistas Samba Dance Troupe was invited for the third consecutive year by the City of Chicago to represent Brazilian Dance in the City's most high profile family event, Chicago Summerdance. We're proud to announce that it was one of our best performances yet and we look forward to many, many more!


Bem Vindo for our Brazilian friends at the Central States Youth Rotary International Exchange! - February 26, 2010

Central States Youth Rotary International hosted a fantastic event at the Marriott O'Hare Hotel on Friday, February 26th, 2010 with Stitely Entertainment, and these fantastic Brazilian dancers from Passistas! What an honor for Passistas to participate in the goal to promote the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace! CSRYE promotes at the person to person level and is for high school aged students, aged 16-18, interested in living and studying abroad for one year!

Our Samba Reggae Performance: 

WGN Guest Feature - January 1, 2010

Luciano Antonio & Planeta Azul with the Passistas Samba Dance Troupe were invited as a special guest feature to be a part of the WGN Around Town morning show the morning of New Year's Eve. The producers loved us so much they kept us for the afternoon feature as well. What a fun time!


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