It’s quite possible you arrived at the music of Brazilian samba musician and soul singer Seu Jorge through movies. Jorge compellingly played the complicated criminal Knockout Ned in the heartbreaking 2002 film City of God. Two years later, he tenderly performed David Bowie songs aboard the good ship Wes Anderson in The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou.
But long before he flickered on big screens around the world, Jorge lived a far less glamorous life as a homeless teenager. That tough upbringing informs his vocals still, as his quavering baritone contains pathos, pleasure, and redemption in a single line. His rise in the public consciousness and on the pop charts led him to high-profile collaborations with Beck in 2011 and later with soulful rapper Talib Kweli.
For this performance at the intimate, acoustically tricked-out Town Hall, Jorge is joined by beloved Brazilian guitarist Rogê. It’s a sit-down venue, but go ready to dance in the aisles (and the streets!) to the syncopated beats. We dare you to keep still.
123 West 43rd Street (between Sixth Ave and Broadway), Midtown
Thursday, January 16