Beyonce In Brazil

Trip Start Jul 21, 2009
Trip End Jul 21, 2010

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Flag of Brazil  , State of Bahia,
Thursday, February 11, 2010

We are still recovering from the concert last night – Beyonce did not disappoint – it was an amazing concert with 60,000 very pumped Brazilians. After last night we both agree – the stereotype is true – crowds in Brazil (and we suspect in other South American/Latin American countries) are so much better than US crowds at concerts.  The electricity was unbelievable. The concert was held in a fairground-like place. The general admission crowd stood in front of the stage and there were 2 raised, covered platforms on the side which were more expensive tickets.  The opening act: Ivete Sangalo was incredible: she sang, danced, played the drum, talked to the audience – and everyone around us knew all the words!  Ha! We laughed and said to ourselves they all know the words to her but we'll have them beat when Beyonce comes out.  During the set change we slowly moved our way up to the front of the general standing area and we got a good spot. Then the lights come on – you see Beyonce's silhouette - and the music starts – mass pandemonium – EVERYONE starts jumping up and down and screaming.  The first song: Crazy in Love and every single person around us knew every single word.  After moving back a bit in the crowd (it was a bit too hectic where we were) we found a good space where we could actually breathe – and had one of the best concert experiences ever.  And we were totally shocked and humbled – the fans knew every song she played and all of the lyrics.  Throughout the concert Beyonce would talk to the crowd in English – and we could tell the crowd didn't understand what she was saying - but they could sing every word of her songs.  It's crazy – like I could maybe get the chorus of a Shakira song that was in Spanish but there's no way I could recite every single word.  And the energy never stopped from the crowd – on the jumbo screens they would scan the crowd and people are screaming, jumping, waving their arms – even Beyonce seemed amazed by the crowd's energy and remarked on it several times. 

We noticed a couple of differences from the average concert in the US:  there were several guys walking through the standing crowd with a bottle of whiskey and plastic cups – you could pay to have a shot. And concerts here start late – Ivete started at 9pm Beyonce came on around 11:20pm and the concert was over around 1:40 in the morning.   As soon as it was over people spilled out –there were only 2 gates that were open to let out tens of thousands of people so I had a slight fear of being trampled by a runaway crowd but it never got too crazy.  Outside the park there were tons of vendors selling food and drinks (smart).  We took a taxi to the concert, the driver said he would come pick us up at a spot but we quickly saw that wasn't going to work.  There wasn't a lot of parking so most people took taxis to the event/got dropped off.  So traffic was horrible and there simply weren't enough taxis.  We were sure that we weren't going to be able to get one until dawn – as people were lining the side of the road and sitting on the curbs waiting.  As we were walking though a couple in a car rolled down their window and asked if we needed a ride – yes, we were rescued!  Brazilians drive like they are at a Formula 1 race and it's not gender specific – because this girl flew us home!  We dodged and weaved and despite the traffic we got in by 3am.  Now we're gearing up for tonight – the first night of Carnaval – if it's anything like last night – good times will be had!
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