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March 2019

Noite de Fado - Fado Night


Portuguese guitarist
Marta Pereira da Costa
US Tour

 7 Mar -  5 Wounds Portuguese National Church, San José, California ​8 Mar –  Portuguese Ambassy, Washington DC 9  Mar - Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, Washington DC 12 e 13 Mar – SXSW Festival, Austin, Texas 14 Mar - David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center, New York ​15 Mar – DRom, NYC, NY 16 Mar - Narrows Center for the Arts, Fall River, MA This is Marta’s first US debut as a headliner. Marta toured the US in 2013 and again in 2014 with Rodrigo Costa Félix and Pedro Pinhal, in visits sponsored by Portuguese/American Cultural Exchange (PACE). For this tour, she is playing concerts in CA, DC, TX, NY, and MA. The concerts are an opportunity to hear a broad range of Portuguese and other music, played by one of the highest profile musicians working in Portugal today.



March 2018Noite de Fado - Fado Night


 Ricardo RibeiroOne of the greatest fado singers of his generationComing to the US accompanied by top fado musicians from Portugal March 2018 Friday, March 23 - Boston area - Larcom Theatre in Beverly, MA     


 David Silveira GarciaFado Album ReleaseatPortuguese Band of San JoseSan Jose, California Saturday, March 17, 2018 



March 2017

Noite de Fado - Fado Night


  Saturday, March 25, 2017 @ 7:00 pmAteneu Luso Americano120 Covel Street, Fall River, MACall (508) 679-4916 


Saturday, March 11, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Portuguese Club of Long Branch

191 Broadway

Long Branch, New Jersey

Call (732) 870-0608




Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

Artesia D.E.S.

Artesia, California


Fado singers

Mara Pedro from Portugal


Pedro Botas from New Jersey


Sete Colinas


Wallace Oliveira






Listen to fado music in Boston area, Cambridge, Fall River, Lowell, New Bedford, Peabody, New Bedford,  Newington, Providence ....



  Portuguese Fado, an old form of urban folk music in Portugal, was born in the streetsand  back alleys of Lisbon, Portugal in the early  1800's. Today, fado has gained itsposition in the World Music circuit.  Fado is very much alive not only in Lisbon, Portugalbut also in the US and Canada where many fado performances and fado night eventstake place. Fado music and lyrics can convey feelings of love, joy, sadness, pain passion and loss. This traditional Portuguese music is enjoying a major resurgence, spurred on by UNESCO's designation of fado as "World Immaterial and Cultural Patrimony" The word fado comes from Latin "fatum" meaning “fate” or “destiny”.  A common theme in fado songs is "saudade". The word "saudade" is difficult to translate in any language. It refers to a longing for a happier moment in a person's life and a yearning and hopefulness towards re-living that moment. Fado is usually associated with the cities of Lisboa and Coimbra in Portugal where it flourished.  Fado music is the national song of Portugal. It is very intertwined with Portuguese culture. To truly understand Portuguese culture one needs to experience a Noite de Fados (Fado Night). Lisbon bairros (districts) where fado music flourished include: Mouraria, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Madragoa and  Alcantara. Fado singers (male or female) are usually accompanied by a portuguese  guitar (12 string guitar) and a viola (6 string acoustic guitar) 

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