DJ & Dance

DJ Nuts and Forty Fivan at Braza!

When: Fri., July 6, 10 p.m. 2012

Known to his incredibly ardent fanbase as "the greatest Brazilian hip-hop DJ of all time," DJ Nuts is, indeed, an influential producer. He's worked with US titans Cut Chemist, J. Rocc, and Madlib; backed septuagenarian crooner Gilberto Gil; and blended the guitar compositions of his friend, Arthur Verocai, into a seamless 78-minute mix. Nuts may cite hip-hop as his foundation, but he's also steeped in the folkloric traditions of Brazil, and capable of fusing contemporary hits with obscure samba, jazz, soul, bossa nova, forró, baile funk, and tropicália. His mash-ups betray an internationalist, polyglot sensibility, often with surprising results -- e.g., Dr. Dre's "The Next Episode" juxtaposed with a minor-key guitar ballad, or Method Man set against a thrumming funk bass-line. Even in the upper echelons of hip-hop, it's rare to hear a DJ with that level of scholarship and imagination. He'll perform alongside local record enthusiast Forty Fivan at Braza!, a monthly Latin dance party that features the whole panoply of Brazilian music. This special installment will also feature live conga by Henrique Padilla, and mixes by resident DJs Elan and Zamba. It'll register pretty high on the fiesta meter at Som Bar (2925 16th St., San Francisco) on Friday, July 6. 10 p.m., $10.

Rachel Swan

Price: $10

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