Making its debut at the last edition of the festival, the Rock District, a district in the City of Rock, featured a Walk of Fame, inspired by Hollywood, in addition to a Wall of Fame, featuring the concrete blocks which bear the handprints of the artists that have performed at the Mundo stage. In 2019, this area will include many new features. Rock in Rio organizers set up a Rock District with a lot of swag. During the event, the choreography of various iconic music videos from all over the world will be given a modern reinterpretation. The result? Audiences will be dancing non-stop along with the Cia. Nós da Dança dance group, composed of 18 dancers. Overall, there will be nine performances of very distinctive and iconic songs. As for the stage, famous artists will present the B-sides of their careers. These include Rogério Flausino and Sideral paying a tribute to Cazuza, a request from fans, who went wild at the last Rock in Rio.
Performances celebrate artists’ personal tastes in the form of a tribute
The Rock District stage, who rocked the audience at the last Rock in Rio with fun and very rock ‘n’ roll performances, will featured very well-established artists of Brazilian music. These artists will present to audiences a side of their careers that may not be so well-known: what they play when they are not on their official tours. This is a great opportunity for fans to feel closer to their favorite artists and find out more about their taste in music and career influences. Rock Street Band – composed of André Frateschi, Mauro Berman, Fernando Vidal, Lourenço Monteiro and Gê Fonseca – comes back for the 2019 Rock in Rio, with a set list that includes songs from many bands that performed at the festival in the past, in addition to a tribute to Queen, Led Zeppelin and Raul Seixas.
At the Rock District stage, we will have eleven never-before-seen concerts and performances by the Rock Street Band, with several performances throughout the day. Performances by the following artists have been confirmed: Dinho Outro Preto, Rogério Flausino and Sideral, Sioux 66, Deia Cassali, Thiago Fragoso, Kisser Klan, Rollando Stones, Notórios, Movie Over and Tamo aí na atividade – a tribute to Charlie Brown Jr, with band members Marcão, Pinguim and Heitor performing a set list that has been put together especially for the Rock District stage.
“The audience will find the main essence of the Rock District this Rock in Rio, but things will be more daring this time. The dance group will bring more diversity to it all, and dancers will be ready to get our fans in the party mood. We’ll be going from the 1980s to today in the blink of an eye. And the artists who will appear on stage are putting together very laidback concerts that show a little bit more about their personal tastes”, explains Marisa Menezes, artistic director of Rock in Rio.
Audiences will be prompted to get in the mood of the songs and repeat the choreography shown by the Rock District’s dance group.
Regina Sauer is the one responsible for the versatility of all dance moves; she trained 18 dancers to perform dance moves for “Dancing Queen”, a classic ABBA song featured in the musical “Mamma Mia!”. The song gives a warm welcome to audiences with balloons and colorful feather boas. The sartorial choices of singer and songwriter Pharrell Williams in the video for his song “Happy” are the inspiration for another choreography that will surely entertain the audience. Lady Gaga’s futuristic looks in the “Bad Romance” video and Beyoncé’s iconic moves in “Single Ladies” will make audiences feel they’re on those music videos. For the choreography to Bruno Mars’s “Uptown Funk”, dancers will wear clothing items such as blazers, suspenders and hats, referencing the clothes worn in the music video. Michael Jackson, aka the King of Pop, will also be included in the performance, and two of his videos be used for choreography: “Bad” and “Beat it”. The colors featured in the music video for “Bang Bang”, a song by Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj and Jessie J, also come to life in the Rock District. And to top things off, a special moment is planned: dancer will be wearing black clothes covered in neon lights, taking the streets to the infectious tune of “I gotta feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas, taking the audience directly to another area of the Rock in Rio complex.
And tributes to music are non-stop: The walk of fame, inspired by Hollywood, will be back this year featuring major names in music, as well as the Rock in Rio Wall of Fame, featuring handprints from national and international celebrities engraved in concrete blocks, such as Iron Maiden, Shawn Mendes, Titãs, The Who, Ivete Sangalo and many others.
People who walk by the Rock District will be amazed by many other attractions. A success at the 2017 Rock in Rio, Tritony, a trio of violinists, is celebrated for performances that are famous for their sound and performances covering various music genres, always in a creative and innovative way. This year, the all-women group, comes to Rock in Rio with new musical arrangements and songs. Another artists performing in this area is a cappella group Voice In, which amazes audiences with their talent performing pop songs and original medleys with original musical arrangements.
Size: 18 meters x 8.5 meters.
Total performances: 40.
ARTISTS ON THE STREET