Here comes the Largest Carnaval on the West Coast, the Brazilian Nites Carnaval. It is noted that for the past 9 years, they have consistently drawn more than 3,000 crowds to watch the magnificent showcase of Brazilian party that includes dancing, costume parade, blast of food and drink, and a lot more of Brazilian Music and Dance!

This annual LA tradition of Brazilian Carnaval will be happening this coming February 20, 2010 (Saturday) to February 21, 2010 (Sunday). Time of the party begins at 8:00 PM to 2:00 AM. The venue of the said Brazilian Carnaval will be in Club Nokia/LA live at 800 West Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015. And this is definitely the first time to be happening in Downtown! It is open to all people aging at least 21 years old to participate such event!

To make this Brazilian Carnaval 2010 event to be on track, here are the sponsors of this colorful night shindig:

Korean Air, KPFK 90.7 FM, REMO, Latino 96.3 FM,, Brasil Best, Bud Light, Flavorpill, Leblon Caipirinhas, Fusicology, Silvio's Brazilian BBQ, LABRFF,, Latino Sports,

Ticket Price: $38 for General Admission and $65 for preferred seating and lounge or you may visit to book your tickets to the show or to get some group discounts. Contact details: 818-566-1111. For more info, visit

Love is a many splendid thing as the song interprets it. We do have our own ways of defining this feeling and emotion. We have our own ways of expressing and showing it to our love ones and to those dear to us. It is undeniably a term with lots of meanings or definitions. Now, how do Latin people celebrate Valentine’s Day? You should agree that each country has their own way of keeping it a day of love, flowers and chocolates as it’s commonly known for.

Where the origin of Valentine’s Day does come from? Can someone tell about it? Do you know the history of it? Some say it started in the ancient Roman days when they have this Fertility festival of Lupercalia. Others claim, it is just the perfect day to sell flowers, chocolates and love cards! Oh, dear, there must be something more to this day.

Saint Valentine (Latin, Valentinus) is the patron saint of love as considered by many but still remain in question is the identity of Valentine as resources about his vita is limited. But nothing can stop the people to a lot a day for him on February 14 as a day of love and passion. Certainly, Valentines in Latin America is not quite different from other countries though they do it by exchanging red flowers, balloons, and anything heart-shaped stuffs that are colored red. That’s in Mexico, folks!

So do you plan out something different on February 14? Are you thinking of a Latin Valentine? Here are some juicy stuff that might help you set for a romantic or say a different sexy way of spending the night with love and passion with you sweetheart. El Dia de los Novios/Dia de San Valentin (Spanish for Valentine’s Day) is near! Do you consider having a Latin Valentines? Simply, having a sweet, spicy typical dinner would do. Here are some suggestions you could take to have a Latin Valentine dinner date:

For the food, you may come up with something ethnic. Hot and spicy perhaps. Go over those Latin recipes and try to make your own version of it. At least, it has your personal touch. You may search online and note those sensual recipes. It could boost something after you ate dinner with your lover. Try some Puerto Rican food as an option.


As for your drinks, you can have wine/champagne of course! Try to serve tequila (famous Mexican drink) or pisco from Chile or any Latin drink of your choice. If you’re a fan of Margaritas, then make sure it’s a choice as well of your partner. It should be a great toast for two people who are romantically in love with each other.

You can play a slow, sexy and romantic genre of any Latin music. If you are familiar with RUMBA, try to mimic the moves. It’s kinda sexy for you and your partner to dance with it. Show your prowess in the dance floor, just the two of you. After dancing and making your night out after dinner, you may try to watch a movie, VALENTINE’S DAY starred by Pretty Woman star, Julia Roberts and other co-stars like Jamie Fox, Jessica Alba, Taylor Lautner (Jacob in Twilight) and many more. You may watch the trailer here.

Oopps! Don’t forget those scented candles! It adds a romantic feel to it. Or maybe writing a short Spanish poem will make your lover giggle and kiss will be your prize! It could be more than that! Now, you can have a Latin Valentine date!

NOTA, Sing Off Winner

I assume that many spent time watching their television on the Sing-Off finale in which NOTA was declared the champion. NOTA was the first ever winner of the sing-off competition. The other groups that competed in the said finale were Beelzebubs and the Voices of Lee. The Beelzebubs hailed from Tufts University near Boston, Mass. The group wore argyle-sweater-and-bow-tie concept attire that night. The Voices of Lee are from Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn composed of both male and female a cappella singers. The Puerto Rican boys, NOTA took home $100,000 as the grand prize of the said singing competition and not only that, they will get their way to become Sony Music’s next recording artist.

NOTA, Sing Off Champion!

About Nota

Nota is an all-male sextet group that is from San Juan, Puerto Rico. They have been sharing their love for music and that passion brought them together to form a group when they met sometime in their college years. They see the Boyz II Men, an American boy band singing sensation group as an icon where they took in their inspiration on how to sing like one. The Nota boys had Spanish language as their mother tongue. They grew up together and have improved singing their own way inspired by those American singing groups in spite of their Spanish decent. When they sing music, they try to incorporate some passionate touch on Latin music while they add genre styles like pop, R&B, fusion jazz, mellow rock, etc to it.

Sing Off Finale

The famous NBC network managed to host the Sing off singing competition that rutted a cappella groups trying to win the said contest in which Nota was declared champion. The show was hosted by Nick Lachey, an American pop singer and a former member of the boy band, 98 Degrees.

They also have amazing judges who gave a good verdict to the said competition. First on the list is the only rose among the thorns, the sexy and pretty pop singer from The Pussycat Dolls, Nicole Scherzinger. She is capable for the job and she gave in intelligent comments on her own and she never gets tongue-tied or perhaps not even at lost of words when delivering her piece of advice. Mr. Shawn Stockman from the boy band Boyz II Men made also a remarkable duty in giving valuable opinions on how to improve singing as a group. And last but not the least is the singer-pianist, Ben Folds who is such a smart guy. He got lots of inputs and it shows that he knows much on what he is doing and the show itself. The three judges are a perfect fit together. This time, unique from other singing competitions, the judges made their way to perform and sing A Cappella during the Sing Off finale along with the contestants.

Nicole Scherzinger, along with the Beelzebubs performed her sultry version of the song, “You Don’t Own Me” which is a Lesley Gore hit song in 1964. The Boyz II Men gave a couple of medley hit songs which included “End of the Road”.Ben Folds with his own rendition of “Why Can’t We Be Friends” with Nota and Beelzebubs. Other artist also graced the show like Smokey Robinson and Bobby McFerrin who also sang along with the contestants.

Nota Feature:

You may want to see the video uploaded by NOTA on “Billie Jean LoveStoned”. It is an amazing version that you should hear! This is their full version. So better watch for it!