204 Varick St
New York, NY 10014
Hours: Mon-Thu, Sun 7p-2a, Fri-Sat 7p-4a
Subway: 1 to Houston St
Written by: Allie Arias
“From its unmusical beginnings as a sandwich shop, SOB’s (Sounds of Brasil) has evolved into one of the city’s premier world music venues. Early performances from Tito Puente and Marc Anthony put this vibrant venue in the minds of people around the world.
“It was thirty years ago that Larry Gold focused on his appreciation for Brazilian music and turned his father’s shop into a live music venue, bringing Afro-Latino Diaspora music to New York City at a time when it wasn’t readily accessible.
Larry confides that the club is of such a global nature it would thrive in any city with an ethnic population. Folks from Haiti, Brazil, Senegal, India and more gather at SOB’s to celebrate their heritage and mingle with other cultures. SOB’s provides an intimate stage for global talent; from up-and-coming artists looking to familiarize their names with American audiences, to established musicians. Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil played his first USA gig at SOB’s. Another memorable night at the club included the double billing of jazz singers Abbey Lincoln and Betty Carter. Other notable performers have included John Legend, The Fugees, Celia Cruz and Bebel Gilberto.
SOB’s is also known for its excellent contemporary Latin cuisine, which is infused with a Caribbean flair. The cocktails are potent, but who wouldn’t want to have a stiff caipirinha or mojito while grooving to some Latin beats? SOB’s excels in improvement.
“One of their latest additions is a Bossa Nova Brunch on Sundays, which includes a three-course meal for under $30, with unlimited sangria. Or, stop by on Fridays for a free salsa class before the show!”
Excerpt from: “FirstLive, New York City.” FirstLive, 2013. iBooks. https://itun.es/us/qce-K.l