Mundo Livre, Lobão and Arnaldo Baptista close Abril Pro Rock

On one of the best nights ever, local band Mundo Livre celebrates its return to APR while the Mutant rocks the place

Débora Nascimento
RECIFE - The opening of the last night at the Abril Pro Rock festival, on Sunday, indicated that the bill was a folk one. At 5 p.m., Ciranda do Baracho kicked off the party. Next, Sa Grama stepped on the main stage to prove that the festival is not only about rock'n'roll. By the way, the group mixes northeastern with classical music. The alchemy was accomplished by professor Sérgio Campelo. Along eight members, the flutist presented the repertoire of his three albums. The most recent is the soudtrack of the film Auto da Compadecida 30'' excerpts .

While Sa Grama finished the set, the second stage was taken by Textículos de Mary. The local band makes glam rock or drag rock, depending on the point of view. Tons of makeup and weird costumes guarantee the fun. The audience can't decide whether they are joking or what. The songs are about homosexual relationships. But they had to finish their set because Jon Spencer & The Blues Explosion were due on the main stage - for a thrilling concert.

On the second stage, the band Mopho, from Alagoas, waited for the crowd that was hypnotized by Jon Spencer. Introduced as followers of Os Mutantes, they did songs like O Amor É Feito de Plástico, Mais um Dia, Hoje Eu Lembrei de seu Sorriso and A Música que Eu Fiz pra Você quite well. Many people, though, went outside to grab a bite during their set.

Thriumphant comeback
After five years, local band Mundo Livre S/A finally returned to the APR stage. And the band got one of the warmest receptions at the fest. Fred 04 and his buddies fired classics like Livre Iniciativa, but mostly, they stuck to the songs from their latest album, Por Pouco 30'' excerpts (Abril Music). Meu Esquema, Super Homem Plus and O Mistério do Samba were played in between Fred 04's usual political speeches. Mundo Livre got a big hand.

At 10:30 p.m., João Luís Woenderbarg (a.k.a. Lobão) appeared on the stage doing the song Universo Paralelo (also the name of his label, where the CD A Vida É Doce came out). Some songs from the album were mixed with classic hits like Corações Psicodélicos, Me Chama, Vida Louca Vida and Vida Bandida. But the reverence that he got can't be compared to what went on when Arnaldo Baptista showed up. With Lobão, he performed classics like Sanguinho Novo, Sexy Sua, Ando Meio Desligado and Senhor Empresário. A night to remember, for it was certainly among the top five of Abril Pro Rock, which happens next wekkend in São Paulo with a different line-up.