Pelourinho Streets, Salvador da Bahia
Earlier in the day, I asked at the tourist information office about where to go at night for good music and I was given a few suggestions right in the heart of Pelourinho. So, I came back at night and went to a couple places, but really you won't need to ask. Just walk around and listen for the music.
Dress Code: After stopping at a few places, I ended up at a place right in Largo do Pelourinho across from Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos. I can't remember the name, but the place was an open air joint with two bars, a stage and an Afro-Brazilian group playing some rhythmic drum beats below the stage while a singer on stage was singing a reggae inspired type of music. It was interesting, but as soon I arrived some local girl started talking to me. Now, normally I would have been excited about that, but she had some short, seedy looking guy who was hanging around with her and I didn't have a good feeling about it. I tried to get away from them in the club, but she kept following me, trying to dance, wanting me to buy her drinks. Finally, I left and still they followed me as if I were inviting them to hang out for the night. In order to get away, I hailed the first cab and jumped in. A few blocks later, I got out and slipped into another place from which I could hear music thumping in the night air.
Pelouriho, the ancient disctrict, has historical interest under the sunlight, and festive interest under the moonlight. The whole district is a party: pubs, bars, discos, live music... An endless street party!!!
Pelourinho, el barrio antiguo, tiene un interés histórico a la luz del día, y un interés festivo a la luz de la luna. El barrio entero es una fiesta: pubs, bares, discotecas, música en vivo... ¡Una fiesta callejera sin fin!!!
Dress Code: Just dressed!
Just wander around the Pelourinho area at night. There are bars, restaurants, and squares with bands playing all night long.
Bahian music is famous whether it is more traditional MPB like samba or Bossa Nova(Caetano Veloso comes to mind) to more recent styles like Axe.
Some of the famous bands out of Salvador are Banda Eva (Yvette Sangalo), Terra Samba and Chiclete com Banana, the utiimate Trio Electrico Carnaval Band.
Fantastic place to spot locals enjoy themselves, practise your own samba skills, have a cold beer or Roska (fruit cocktail), or try a "Capeta"; vodka, condensed sweet milk, Guarana powder, Cinnamon, sugar, shaken with lots of ice! Yummi!!!!
Dress Code: NO SUCH THING!
The famous brazilian band, olodum, often plays in the old city center of Salvador.
Don't miss out on the band that inspired Poul Simon to make the album: rythm of the saints.
The band is mostly formed by native youngsters who join the hundreds of musicians that the band consists of at a very young age and then slowly learn how to play the drums.
They are one of the most unique bands in Brazil and really interesting to watch live.
Dress Code: Come as you like.
Pelourinho by night is so lively and magic...there are so many live concerts happening, most of he people are dancing axe, uve got various bands walking arround the narrow streets..cant miss it..this is Brazils party heart..
Tuesday and Friday are big nights in the Pelorinho. There are many clubs that have live music. Go inside to dance, but you have to bring it! If the club is too packed for you, no worries, you can stand outside and buy R$2 Skol while enjoying the open sky. You will be approached by a lot of beggars. Hang in there. After you've told them all "nao" 2-3 times each they won't ask again.
Dress Code: Casual
Walk around this streets plenty of bahianos/as and feel the music amb flavours of meal. Don't forget the Ladeira do Pelourinho and eat Moqueca de frutos do mar
This was the best afro axe Bahian concert ..the band was so energetic and the public was jumping and dancing around so happily...
Salvador people are into serious professional partying..every night we had amazing live concerts and these were bonus to the ever happening streets of Pelourinho..