Legendary Brazilian Tropicália group Os Mutantes, whose work in the late 1960s was heavily influenced by British rock bands like the Beatles fused with samba rhythms, will perform at the Union (4067 W Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90019) on Friday, July 6.
Originally formed by two brothers, Sérgio Dias and Arnaldo Baptista, and mesmerizing singer Rita Lee, they were key players in the Tropicália movement of the late sixties and early seventies in Brazil, along with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Tom Zé.
The band’s first three albums —68’s Os Mutantes, 69’s Mutantes and 70’s A Divina Comédia ou Ando Meio Desligado— are considered crucial works by a huge range of acclaimed artists, from David Byrne to Flying Lotus. Beck wrote an album to pay homage to the band, Kurt Cobain tried to get them back together to tour with Nirvana, and Devendra Banhart managed to play with them.
Following the departure of Lee, who went on become a megastar in Brazil, and Arnaldo’s mental health problems, Sérgio Dias has led the band featuring Esmeria Bulgari, Vinicius Junqueira, Carly Bryant, Henrique Peters, and Cláudio Tchernev.
The group’s performance at the Union is a rare opportunity to catch an historic band which has influenced generations of artists and music lovers.