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Find live portuguese fado music venues in US. Fado Night features restaurants and other venues hosting live 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.



 Mariza2016 Tour Dates14 October 2016Boston, United StatesBerklee Performance Center 15 October 2016New York, United StatesThe Town Hall 16 October 2016New Jersey, United StatesNew Jersey Performing Arts Center 20 October 2016Amherst, United StatesUniversity of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center 22 October 2016New Bedford, United StatesZeiterion Theatre 23 October 2016Fairfield, United StatesQuick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University 24 October 2016Toronto, CanadaRoy Thomson Hall 27 October 2016 San Francisco, United States SF Jazz Center 28 October 2016San Francisco, United States SF Jazz Center 29 October 2016San Francisco, United StatesSF Jazz Center 30 October 2016San Francisco, United StatesSF Jazz Center 01 November 2016Seattle, United StatesUniversity of Washington Meany Hall  Portuguese 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) 


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