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Diogo Nogueira, Freshlyground Member Picks Free All Ages Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Thu., June 30, 6:30 p.m. 2011

Son of the great samba singer Joao Nogueira, 30-year-old Diogo Nogueira is already a star in Brazil and in 2008 earned a Latin Grammy nomination for best new artist. He clearly hopes to follow in his father's footsteps, but his second and most recent album, 2009's To Fazendo a Minha Parte (EMI Brasil), makes it plain that he's still got some ground to cover. Though Joao was a noted composer, Diogo only had a hand in writing a couple of the tunes on Minha Parte. And though the production favors a modern take on samba-cancao—an urbane variation on Brazil's national song form and one of the styles his father helped to perfect—Diogo seems to be using the album's contemporary arrangements and quasi-­sophisticated strings as a kind of camouflage, beneath which he's just rehashing moves that other musicians mastered in the 70s. He's a fine singer, but he has yet to contribute anything to samba's future. This is his Chicago debut. —Peter Margasak

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