Despite the hordes of international musicians set to converge on one of the world’s largest music festivals, Rock in Rio (13-15 and 19-22 September), paulistano audiences needn’t feel left out: headliners like Bruce Springsteen (18 September), Iron Maiden (20 September) and John Bon Jovi (21 September) are stretching out their Brazil trips to perform here in São Paulo as well.
But the first major player to arrive is the US pop superstar Beyoncé, who brings her Louis XVI-themed Mrs. Carter Show World Tour to town in all its costume-changing, multiple-staging glory.
Just how big is this show? The numbers tell the tale: her wardrobe has been created by over a dozen designers, and boasts a gold bodysuit encrusted with 30,000 Swarovski crystals, while Stuart Weitzman fashioned nearly fifty pairs of footwear for the Grammy-amassing singer. Ten dancers trained by fifteen choreographers will step beside her, while her eleven-piece, all-female band Suga Mama, provides the necessary finesse to persevere through the two-dozen songs from Beyoncé’s catalogue of mega-hits.
The diva, who established herself in the Houston, Texas-based girl group Destiny’s Child, surpassed the success of her former band with four solo albums that yielded some of the best-known singles of the last ten years. All those chart-toppers dominate her show’s music selection, but she still draws heavily from 2011’s 4. The self-proclaimed feminist who saw nothing peculiar about naming her tour after the fact that she’s Jay-Z’s wife, trots out many of her woman-empowering tracks such as the hard-thumping ‘Run the World (Girls)’ and the no-tears breakup ballad, ‘Irreplaceable’.