I had the pleasure of attending "Night in Ipanema" last night. It was a fundraiser held by Healing Notes, Inc. at the NTC Promenade McMillan Company Event Center. This fundraiser benefits the children in the NICU ward at Scripps La Jolla. This helps them get the much needed music therapy for their terminal illness'.
Allison and Veronica did a great job making the event come together. It was reminiscent of a Night in Ipanema with beautiful green trees and plants scattered throughout the location. Dining Out Magazine donated wonderful Latin cuisine provided by Humphrey's, Delirio's, The Turquoise, and several other restaurants. San Diego Stage & Lighting provided the stage and BMF audio provided the sound for Tita Lima and her band.
Healing Notes, Inc. also had a wonderful silent auctions. All items were donated and varied. They had an acoustic/electric guitar and cover from Portugal, and electric upright piano, a bottle of wine and massage, and gift certificates to restaurants throughout San Diego.
Before Tita Lima and her band played, the DJ, Steve, played many sounds from Brazil, both new and old. It was a great eclectic mix. Tita Lima and her band took the stage and blew the crowd away. Everyone was swaying in there seats with smiles on their faces to the sounds of Tita's most current album, 11:11 and to the other Brazilian favorites she played. There was even a crowd gathered in front of the stage dancing on the non-existent dance floor. They played with soul and with love for the music. It was on a real, genuine level. If Tita Lima and her band ever come to a city near you, see her! She just played at SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, Texas.
Pictures and Video to follow.