Caetano Veloso

Today at 8 p.m.


At Hill Auditorium

It would be difficult to understate the magnitude of tonight’s Caetano Veloso concert at Hill Auditorium. Landing the revolutionary Brazilian singer-songwriter, poet, filmmaker and activist is yet another major coup for UMS and the highlight of a very impressive concert schedule this fall.

This evening’s performance is just one of only a dozen shows on a rare North American tour for a living legend on par internationally with the likes of Bob Marley, John Lennon and the man he’s most frequently compared to, Bob Dylan.

That comparison isn’t very accurate musically, but in terms of depth and importance, it’s right on. Caetano Veloso was born in 1942, in Brazil’s Bahia region, but it wasn’t until he moved to Rio De Janeiro that he found the playful pop style he and Gilberto Gil shaped into a new musical movement, Tropicalia. Though it was this Beatles-meets-Bossa Nova sound that earned him worldwide fame, Veloso’s crossover to a more progressive, political approach wasn’t heralded by all, as some resented the decision (

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