One Will You Miss Me When I’m Gone? reader has a treat in store: A free pair of tickets to see Brazilian psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes at Manhattan’s (le) poisson rouge.
It’s the band’s only U.S. date this year, and thanks to the wonderful folks at LPR, I have a pair to give away. Read through to the jump to learn how to enter.
Os Mutantes has been a favorite of mine for some years, although I knew nothing about the band in its heyday. Email and the Internet have helped me learn a lot about what was going elsewhere in the world while I was growing up hearing the Beatles on the radio.
Brothers Arnaldo Baptista and Sérgio Baptista Dias joined forces in 1966 with singer Rita Lee to form a band that became a key part of the wildly experimental Tropicália movement in their homeland.
Here’s Os Mutantes’ debut album from 1968. It still sounds remarkable after all these years.
TICKET ENTRY INFO AFTER THE JUMP
I’ve worked hard to catch up with the back catalog since the band, which split up in 1978, returned to the scene in 2006 and played its first New York reunion show in 2007 at Jazz at Lincoln Center, that led to a sparse but steady performance schedule that brings the band to New York later this month..
The band has gone through many lineup changes over the years, and has given up on the crazy costumes of its early days, but continues to keep the wild old songs alive, but making some new music as well.
At this point, Sérgio is the only original member in the lineup. But this version of The Mutants, featuring female vocalist Esmeria Bulgari, is strong and does justice to the band’s extensive songbook.
On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the band is appearing under the World Music Institute banner at (le) poisson rouge in Manhattan.
Enter by email to win a pair of tickets. Go here to create the email entry automatically, or do it the old-school way by typing the subject line “Os Mutantes tickets” into an email addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org. (Your information will NOT BE SHARED with anyone other than the ticket folks at LPR, who need it to verify the winner’s identity.) Deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sept. 9, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random and notified on Sept. 10.
If you don’t win, you can still buy tickets for $30 in advance or $35 on the day of show. Go here to buy online.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 o’clock show at (le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York. Go here or call (212) 505-FISH (3474) for more information.