Blue Note Entertainment Group (BNEG) - the organization that owns, operates, licenses, and/or programs 10 music venues worldwide - announced today expansion to South America, opening the iconic Blue Note Jazz Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The expansion to Rio marks the eighth Blue Note Jazz Club location worldwide (joining locations in New York, NY; Tokyo and Nagoya, Japan; Milan, Italy; Waikiki, Hawaii; Beijing, China; Napa, California).
Scheduled to open August 2017, Blue Note Entertainment Group has partnered with L21 Participacões, the prominent Brazilian-based entertainment holding company led by entrepreneur Luiz Calainho.
Located in the Lagoa section of Rio, Blue Note Rio is currently undergoing a $1.2 million USD renovation to accommodate 350 patrons in a 8,500-square foot facility. The venue will present two shows nightly, Wednesday through Saturday, a jazz brunch concept on Sundays and lunch service on Mondays and Tuesdays. Similar to other Blue Note locations around the world, the venue will offer a full-course menu (presented by Chef Pedro de Artagão, one of Rio's most acclaimed chefs), as well as a dedicated gift shop. Blue Note Entertainment Group's New York office will be responsible for talent buying and programming in conjunction with L21 in Brazil.
The announcement continues a trend of expansion for Blue Note Entertainment Group. Since January 2016, new Blue Note Jazz Clubs have opened in Hawaii, Beijing (China) and Napa, California. Additionally, the brand recently sponsored the 2016 Festival International Jazz Plaza in Havana, Cuba associated with its Blue Note Travel program (which currently offers fans curated music trips to Cuba and other destinations).
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