Why hire Planeta Azul & Passistas Samba?
We are the premier Brazilian Entertainment Company in Chicago, specializing in Brazilian music and Brazilian dance. We perform a variety of Brazilian musical styles: Bossa Nova (Brazilian Jazz), Samba, Forro, MPB, Axe and more. We also provide Rio de Janeiro style Carnaval theme entertainment with samba dancers in costume.
Planeta Azul Samba Band is an artistically rich group of Brazilian musicians complimented by our lovely Samba dancers, 'Passistas'. Together we bring the splendor of Brazilian music and dance to every event, celebrating the beauty of sound, movement, and culture. Whether you require a smooth Bossa Nova (Brazilian Jazz) background/dinner concert or a lively and danceable carnival sound with beautiful samba dancers, we are sure to make your event an affair to remember!
The Planeta Azul Band is led by Luciano Antonio, a force in the Brazilian music scene in Chicago. Luciano was born into a musical family in rural Iretama, Parana, Brazil’s southern region. From this melodiously rich environment, he learned first how to sing with his mom, Luiza Maria. By age 14, he took the violão (acoustic guitar) as a self taught instrument, focusing his repertoire on Brazilian Folk and Bossa Nova (Brazilian Jazz) and continued his pursuit through the study of classical guitar at the age of 17. Luciano’s music journey next led him to the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) where he received a bachelor’s degree in music performance. After successfully completing his education at UMKC, he relocated to Chicago where he has since established himself as a popular Brazilian Jazz Artist, having recently performed at the Jakarta International Jazz Festival and completed a mini-tour of Japan. Luciano also has over 15 years experience playing Brazilian dance music and teaches Brazilian percussion and guitar. He collaborates with many great fellow artists and through his own project, Brazilian Jazz Guys, he continues to invigorate the Chicago Latin and Jazz scene. Make no mistake; Luciano has placed his stamp on the Brazilian music scene in Chicago not just through his soulful renditions of some of Brazil's greatest compositions, but through his original works and collaborations. Other recent engagements include the Jakarta International Jazz Festival (Jak Jazz), opening performances for Caetano Veloso, Vinicius Cantuaria, Virginia Rodrigues, performances for the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Special Events, The Democratic Convention of 2004, the Taste of Chicago, Chicago Summerdance and several commercial releases. Luciano also plays classical guitar for weddings, social events and private functions.
Written by Rachel Montiel