The Rhythm Foundation Celebrates 25 Years
Gilberto Gil in Concert at the New World Center
Mari and Rolando Leiva with Laura and James Quinlan

Brazilian Consul General Helio Ramos and Gilberto Gil

Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil performed an exquisite solo concert at the Frank Gehry designed New World Center in Miami Beach. Gil has been an important part of Rhythm Foundation’s history, ever since the 1988 inaugural season, and continues a long and successful relationship with the Miami Beach-based non-profit cultural foundation.

The concert marked the 25th season for Rhythm Foundation, during which time they have become a leading presenter of world music in South Florida.

Gilberto Gil was honored at the special event for his immense contribution to Brazilian music, starting as a young musician in the 1960s. He has remained at the forefront of Brazilian culture for more than five decades. In 2002, he was named Brazil’s Minister of Culture. Returning to the world’s concert stage, he continues to receive major honors including multiple Grammy awards. Later this month he co-curates “Voices of Latin America” at Carnegie Hall.

This special event, sponsored by Espirito Santo Bank, Baptist Health South Florida and AmericanAirlines, showcased the rich history of the Rhythm Foundation with projections of photographs and poster art from the last 25 years.

The suggested all-white dress code for the evening brought a feel of Bahia to the New World Center

Guests were treated to a delicious buffet and open bar offered by Leblon caipirinhas, Heineken and Zonin prosecco. The silent auction was very popular and included very unique items like a classical guitar autographed by Paco de Lucia, fabulous vacations, popular local restaurants and gorgeous fashion items.

After the opening reception the audience entered the main hall of the luminous New World Center and enjoyed Gil’s solo concert - a lively set of his greatest hits that kept the audience clapping and singing. Then the joyous audience paraded back into the lobby for the after-party with DJ Marcelinho da Lua, one third of the popular group Bossacucanova – the Rio de Janeiro-based trio who takes the classic heart of cool 1960s Bossa Nova, and makes it new again. DJ da Lua delivered fresh, groove-filled, irresistible rhythms with funky break-beats, skillful turntablism and adventurous mixology - a perfect ending to a night of celebration and a kick-off to another amazing season of outstanding concerts.

Ricardo Tano, Sandra Bernal, Flavia and Glen Finnegan

Leandro and Maria Paula Alves

Renata Santos and Camila Rosa

Cintia Silva, Jabal Uffelman, Marisa Barbosa

Kelly and Nick Gregory

Helen Henriques, Leticia Nassif, Kariza Fernandes, Renata Santos, Camila Rosa.

Kelly Gregory, Floriana Martinez, Gilberto Gil and Gene de Souza

James Quinlan and Adriana Sabino

Adriana Sabino, Gloria Johnson, Maria Ines dal Borgo

Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil

Standing ovation for Gilberto Gil

Gene de Souza, Adriana Sabino, Ana and Antonio Martins

James Quinlan and Sandra Gordon

Gene de Souza and DJ Marcelinho da Lua

crowd at the open bar

Maurice Gosby

Carmen and John Morales

New World Center

New World Center

Gilberto Gil

Jorge Gutierrez, Bianca Santacoloma and Pedro Menocal

Gilberto Gil

Gene de Souza and Laura Quinlan

Geane Brito, Lipe and Anca Medeiros

Silent auction

Elizabeth Poveda and Bianca Moura


Maggie and Todd Levine, G. Frederick Reinhardt, Lisa and Mark North

Veronica Pesantes, Geane Brito, David Darquea, Amanda Chandler

Alan and Diane Lieberman, Gene de Souza