Fado, The soul of Portugal



Find fado music venues in US. Restaurants and other venues featuring Portuguese fado music events, fado nights (noite de fado) or concerts in the US  and Canada. Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, California, Kansas .... Toronto, Ontario, Mississauga and more.

Fado in the US!

Rodrigo Costa Félix

July 2014 - US Tour

With Marta Pereira da Costa, Pedro Pinhal and local artists and musicians



Friday, July 18, 2014

7:00 pm

New Bedford Whaling Museum

18 Johnny Cake Hill

New Bedford, MA 02740




Saturday, July 12, 2014 - 8:00 pm


Overland Park, Kansas

Performing Arts Series

Johnson County Community College

Polsky Theatre, Carlsen Center

12345 College Blvd

Overland Park, Kansas


Saturday, July 19,  2014 - 7:00 pm


Elizabeth, New Jersey

Elizabeth Portuguese Club

417 US Highway 1, Elizabeth, NJ


For tickets

Elizabeth Portuguese Club 908-355-1222

Portugal Express 909-352-7818

Valenca Restaurant 908-354-4024


Fado, an old form of urban folk music in Portugal, was born in the streets and back alleys of Lisbon, Portugal in the early 1800's.


Today, fado has gained its position in the World Music circuit.  Fado is very much alive not only in Lisbon, Portugal but also in the US and Canada where many fado performances and fado night events take place.


Fado music and lyrics can convey feelings of love, joy, sadness, pain passion and loss. This traditional Portuguese music is enjoying a major resurgence, spurred on by UNESCO's designation of fado as "World Immaterial and Cultural Patrimony"


The word fado comes from Latin "fatum" meaning “fate” or “destiny”.  A common theme in fado songs is "saudade". The word "saudade" is difficult to translate in any language. It refers to a longing for a happier moment in a person's life and a yearning and hopefulness towards re-living that moment.


Fado is usually associated with the cities of Lisboa and Coimbra in Portugal where it flourished.


Fado music is the national song of Portugal. It is very intertwined with Portuguese culture. To truly understand Portuguese culture one needs to experience a Noite de Fados (Fado Night).


Lisbon bairros (districts) where fado music flourished include: Mouraria, Alfama, Bairro Alto, Madragoa and  Alcantara


Fado singers (male or female) are usually accompanied by a portuguese  guitar (12 string guitar) and a viola (6 string acoustic guitar)


Saturday, March 29, 2014

A fado night in the US with


Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford, Massachusetts

Accompanied by: José Manuel Neto on Portuguese guitar, Paulo Paz on contrabaixo and Carlos Manuel Proença on viola do fado



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Listen to fado music in Boston area, Cambridge, Fall River, Lowell, New Bedford, Peabody, New Bedford,  Newington, Providence ....