Tropicália legend Tom Zé brings Brazilian Bossa Nova to Pioneer Works

Tom Zé was an intimate part of the Tropicália movement in 1968 Brazil with legends Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Os Mutantes and others. They got famous, but Zé disappeared until David Byrne (Talking Heads) rediscovered Zé in the early 1990s for Byrne’s world music label Luaka Bop.

Zé takes Brazilian creativity to another level with unusual instrumentation, melodies, and timing. In that way he is the Frank Zappa or Captain Beefheart of Bossa Nova. Safe as milk, his edge is softened by the smoothest Brazilian groove.

Zé is back at his antics, and it’s fun.

Tom Zé in NYC

Tom Zé plays Pioneer Works in Red Hook, Brooklyn on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 8 pm. General admission. Doors at 7:30 pm.

Tom Zé at Pioneer Works Tickets

$30 in advance. $35 at the door.

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Visit Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
(at Conover St)
Red Hook, Brooklyn


(F) (G) to Smith-9th St. It’s a 15-minute walk to Pioneer Works.


B61 to King Street


South Brooklyn (SBK) Ferry to Red Hook/Atlantic Basin.
Walk straight up Clinton Wharf St and take the walkway to Conover St / Pioneer St.

Tom Zé
Pioneer Works
Red Hook, Brooklyn
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 8 pm
$30 – $35 General Admission. Doors at 7:30 pm

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