Generation Esmeralda has just returned from our tour of Brazil! The Band performed an emotional concert in the city of Uba, at the “Festival of Peace”. The show was a tribute in honor of Brad Parker, our drummer that passed away last September during a performance in that city. The concert was attended by an enthusiastic crowd cheering the band throughout more than two hour show! The band was presented with the festival flag and made official Ambassadors for the “Festival of Peace”. The Festival is being presented in Uba, Brazil; Madrid, Spain; Lisbon, Portugal and Kenya, Africa.
We then went on to Sao Paulo to perform on the “Programa do Jo” television show, which airs on Rede Globo Television in Brazil. Globo Television is the largest television network in the Americas, and “Programa do Jo” is the most popular talk show in the Country.
After our television taping GE performed at the upscale entertainment venue “CLUB A”. We were greeted by a wonderful and appreciative audience of both longtime fans and newcomers who were hearing the the songs for the first time.
We traveled through many smaller towns and returned to Juiz de Fora to close out our round of shows at the fantastic venue known as
“Cultural Bar”. The show was a rousing success and again we were met with an incredibly warm response, and again the show continued for nearly two hours!
We want to thank Sergio Lopes and his wonderful assistant, Tomas Santana, along with his wonderful team of Jerubal Liasch on sound,
GG on lighting, and Mariana Tiso for her wonderful photographs and assistance throughout our stay. We are looking forward to our return tour in 2014!!
To Dispell All rumors and hopefully re-focus intentions to the family I am deeply saddened to report that during our concert in Uba, Brazil last night, we lost our friend and brother Brad Parker to a fatal heart attack. Please exuse my feeble attempt to express our sadness over this tragic event. There simply are no words. Please surround Carol and her family with your prayers and positive energy at this time of need. The City of Uba and it’s people have been incredible in their support and the media has done it’s best to report the situation correctly and without sensationalism. Our Promoter and his assistant, the Mayor of the City of Uba, The Police, the Notory, and the Hospital, have been incredible in their efforts to expedite Brad’s transition home. I am extremely proud of our group and their handling of this situation. and I am happy to say they are all safely on their way home now. Please honor Brad as we do in his memory and remember him and his amazing talent and for the loving person he was. He died doing what he loved best. I know I have carol’s blesing in sharing this post with you all.
The exclusive tribute to the music of “Santa Esmeralda” is making its way to Brazil this weekend for a historical concert event. Featuring the original touring group – Jimmy Goings, Tom Poole, Tony Baker, Brad Parker & Mic Valentino.