Backstage Experience: Medellin, Colombia

While backstage a few nights ago in Medellin, Colombia lots of interesting discoveries occurred. First, while finishing up our makeup and hair we had a visit from La Escuela Kolacho (The Kolacho School). This was a group of kids that studied hip hop and dancing as a part of a program to keep kids off of the streets. They were just yet another very inspiring group of people that I have met in South America. Here’s a clip of one of the kids showing us how it’s done:

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Part 2 of my discoveries in Medellin come from Dani and I in catering. I discovered one of my new favorite foods! The granadilla! It’s a fruit native to Bolivia, Venezuela, and Colombia and tastes similar to a passionfruit but is sweeter!

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The granadilla has black seeds on the inside and surrounded by a pulp. It may look weird but it’s so yummy and packed with Vitamins C, A, and K, phosphorus, iron, and calcium! As you can see by this video however, I need to work on my eating technique of this fruit. That last bite wasn’t so lady like.. :p

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

Where’s the guac, Mexico!?

The first stop in Mexico was Monterrey. A whole bunch of us went out for Mexican food and we got some serious guacamole, churros, and tacos. Guacamole was the number one on my list. Mmm mmm mmm was it good!

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After an amazing show last night we packed up and got up for another very early lobby call this morning and took the one hour flight to Mexico City!
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While waiting for our rooms to be ready, Crystal and I headed across the street to get some more tacos and guac. You know, I really do learn something new everyday on the road. It's a beautiful thing. While we were sitting there eating lunch a woman came up to us asking us for pesos.. Me being the New Yorker that I am habitually just said "no, lo siento".. Crystal looked at me and asked if I'd be alright with letting her sit with us for a meal.. So I said… "Well.. okay". Turns out, I made a new friend today, thanks to Crystal.
Her name is Juana. She is 58 years old and has 10 children, 7 still living and 2 died from leukemia, and 1 from asthma. She's only been in Mexico City for 20 days staying with her uncle, just walking around the streets asking for change, because she actually makes more money doing that than actually doing her job back in the town that she's from which is in the countryside outside of Mexico City. She said that her family actually doesn't speak spanish, but rather they speak Mystico (spelling). She says she comes from an indigenous people that live in the country side, and more than anything she would like to come to the states and work there, doing laundry, cleaning houses, or something of that nature. Then I realized how difficult it is for a person in her position to get papers to move to the states, without having to actually marry an American. Then it really made me think, how many other people are in her position? A position in which they are between a rock and a hard place, living in a rough neighborhood, not really able to make enough money to even survive off of never the less try to save up enough money to somehow get to the states.
It really makes you think. I’m grateful to have met Juana today and grateful for my very gracious friend, Crystal for that opportunity.

On a not so heavy note.. Since coming to Mexico City, Mr. Bear has made a friend (I found him in the hotel room) and his name is Panchito.

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Caracas Venezuela and Medellin Colombia

I know I’m a little late on your post, Venezuela! Thank you for the most adventurous show I’ve ever experienced! I’m grateful for you! At this point in the tour, just the traveling alone is enough to wear you out.. So I decided to stay in the hotel for our time in Caracas, but loved experiencing the mountains of Venezuela on the way from the airport to the hotel!

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While at the hotel I had some pretty good food! I think one of the top dishes of this leg so far is this one: crema de auyama: (pumpkin soup)

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It was the most comforting dish and reminded me of home. (Can you tell I’ve gotten a little homesick, yet? Lol) Comes with the territory.
One of the best moments in Caracas was going to Benihana with Rie and sitting next to two couples from Venezuela (both speaking Spanish and one couple knew Italian too) Rie didn’t know a word of Spanish or Italian.. And mine is very broken in both languages, yet we had a full dinner’s conversation talking about where we were from and how we like South America and all.. What an adventure that was. Rie and I left the dinner and she said “Adison, that was SO MUCH FUN! Like one giant game of charades!” Hahaha and it was!

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Today is actually the day of the show in Colombia.. So I hope you guys are ready, Medellin! We got here yesterday, after the quickest plane ride I’ve ever experienced.. (2 hrs but I was passed out for the entire thing) I fell asleep before the plane took off and when it landed, I woke up and started freaking out because I didn’t know where I was, but the more alarming question was, who was underneath my bed shaking it. I really thought I was being attacked by the boogie monster. (Rough, I know). To give you a better idea of my flying experience yesterday.. here’s Mr Bear and I after 2 hrs of sleep and waiting for 5 hours in the airport. Wait, this one needs a proper intro.
Ladies and Gentlemen I introduce to you the most glamorous part of the road..
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I’m going for Miss America with that shot.. Jeez Louise. My point is people.. Is that this job isn’t all makeup, heels, and fabulousness. It involves a whole LOT of looking like that. Anywho..

Luckily I woke up enough to experience the winding mountainous roads and beautiful landscape of Colombia. I wouldn’t of been able to sleep even if I wanted to the way the bus driver, Weavie Wonder (ba dum psh) was flying around the corners like we were in an Aston Martin.. Plus the whizzing by of the motorcyclists.. Turning the corners like they’re in a video game and going by so quickly it sounded like a bumble bee was permanently in my ear. The views and the weather were stunning, though:

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I’m looking forward to playing for you tonight, Colombia!
Have a beautiful Sunday, all!

Projeto de Meninos/Meninas de Rua

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The whole reason that I do what I do lies in this picture. These kids give me the energy and the inspiration to keep on performing and strive to be a better artist. I cannot thank enough the Projeto de Meninos e Meninas de Rua for visiting with the Mrs Carter Show a few nights ago in Sao Paolo.

Most of the time when I get to the venue, I grab my horn and go straight to a place where I can practice. Usually this means practicing in a stairwell, a bathroom, a loading dock with all of the trucks, or in some cases when the crew let me.. the crew room. I remember in Sao Paolo I went to practice and finished just in enough time to take my horn out to the stage when I ran into the kids from this project. Thank goodness I did, because I didn’t realize the amount of joy that they were about to bring me. Our first meeting went a little like this:

This whole trip to South America is a huge affirmation that the simplest things in life can bring the most happiness. Not money, not fame, not material items, not a huge house, not a nice car.. none of that. The majority of people here don’t have that. They are the happiest, most passionate, most grateful people I’ve ever met in my life. Take note, America.
Here’s a few clips from their performance:

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Translation by Daniele Ribiero

Dear Projeto de Meninos/Meninas de Rua,
I know you guys said that you came to see the Mrs Carter Show a few nights ago, but the way I see it, is I came to work that day to see you guys perform. It was one of the most honest, inspiring performances I’ve ever witnessed in my career. Music can change the world, and I am eternally grateful for who you all are and what you do. Thank you. With much love..

From one of your biggest fans,
Adison Evans

To check out more on The Project of boys and girls of Rua go to their website: http://www.pmmr.org.br/

Feijoada and Muqueca in Rio!

As promised, here’s our video from Rio exploring feijoada! It was so yummy.. The absolute ultimate rice and beans dish, with lots of different toppings! My favorite was the salty fried yuca! The Muqueca had such depth to its flavors. It actually reminded me a lot of the bouillabaisse I would make at the French culinary institute minus the Pernod Ricard and the fennel. It’s amazing how stuff works out like that. Check it out.. Here’s Jonathan, Rie, Crystal and I!

See you TONIGHT Sao Paolo! 😀 !

Sao Paolo/Brasilia goodies!

Thank you Sao Paolo for giving us so much energy! I loved all of your signs and yellow/black balloons! What an amazing night. With the exception of watching my boss almost being dragged off of the B stage.. err…it was a blast! One of the main things that got us geared up for the show was all of the yummy sweet treats backstage waiting for us when we got there! They were graciously provided for us by the lovely, Andrea Guimaraes. She had homemade truffles, chocolates, a CAKE, nutella jars, fun feathers, and disco balls all labeled with Beyonce stuff for us! You know, it’s the little things on the road that really make me smile and give me energy (and it’s not the obscene amount of sugar I ingested in 5 minutes I’m talking about..or..maybe it is. But anyways.. Thank you so much Andrea!

She can be found on instagram at andreaguima5 ! check her out!

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Earlier this afternoon we arrived in Brasilia! It’s unfortunately our last city in the country 😦 I will miss you Brazil!! I have never before in my LIFE met so many passionate, beautiful, heartwarming people in one place before. Thank you again for having us! For my last day off here, a bunch of us decided to go to this beautiful lake and take in the scenery.

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We also stopped for a little pre-dinner snack at Devassa. We had fish sticks (I loooooove me some fish sticks 🙂 ) and we had cod balls. They were very yummy but the kid in me giggles every time I say “cod balls” out loud. But that’s really what they are! Balls of cod. Ok.. I digress. Cody got a yummy looking drink that I had to take part in as you can see below..

As you can also see.. I love popsicles. ESPECIALLY when they are coconut popsicles.. oh man, that alone made my day. I now present to you.. sticks of fish and cod balls 😀

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Thanks for a beautiful day off Brasilia, and I’m looking forward to playing for you tomorrow night! It’s the Mrs Carter Show’s last stop in Brazil tomorrow night so let’s make it an amazing one!

See you there!
Adi

Rock in RIO!

Thank you for being showing such love and support, Belo Horizonte! You sent me home smiling after the show. Unfortunately, we had a very early wake up call to go on to our next city, Rio! No matter how little sleep I got, I was still so excited to explore Rio! I was determined to go see the statue of Jesus Cristo but that’s when my little sleep kicked in and deterred me from going to the tippy top of that mountain; ESPECIALLY after I saw those beaches! My goodness, what a beautiful view with the mountains sprinkled with houses in the background!

My day off turned out to be amazing! We went out with Crystal’s old spanish teacher from high school, Johnathan. He moved down here years ago and did an excellent job of showing us around! First stop was Ipanema Beach (of course) Rie and I, the jazz musicians that we are were humming as many bossas on the way over as we could think of. There were stunning views, amazing weather (cooler than I expected.. it is winter), sunshine, and very chilly water!

But out of all these things, take a guess at what I was most excited about… the FOOD that these guys were walking around the beach selling! I couldn’t wait to check it out! Johnathan got us these amazing globo biscotti cookies.. one bag was sweet, and the other salty (perfect!). They were little round airy puffs of crunchy and crackly cookies (not a typical cookie). They were more like an air popped morsel. Of course, we couldn’t just wash these down with water.. that’d be nuts. We had to get the traditional drink, which was lemonade mixed with mate (pr. “maCHa”) tea! These weren’t just Arnold Palmers people.. these were different. The tea was a little spicy. They should be called Adi Palmers. yeah? lol

After the beach and our delectable late afternoon snack we had to go out to dinner for a traditional Brazilian meal. Johnathan hipped us to the dish, feijaoda which black beans (cooked with pork of course) with different kinds of meats that you stir in. It also comes with ribbons of collards, orange slices, fried yuca (could eat those all day) and powdered yuca which looks like sand. It’s the yummiest and the coolest texture! In addition to this we had a huge fish stew and trout with capers. Naturally, I was in a food coma.

I highly recommend where we ate. It’s a place called Casa de Feijaoda in Rio with beautiful people working there and incredible food! Do I dare say quite possibly the best food I’ve had yet this leg? I think I will!

Wanting to explore a little more, (even though our lack of sleep was kicking in big time at this point) we went to downtown Rio and check out Lapa which is where there are a lot of samba clubs and bars. We heard some local live music and learned a little bit of samba moves in the street with Johnathan, Crystal, and Rie!

It was such a blast and I think (I hope!) I got a good dose of what life in Rio is like! For this trip I decided to leave my phone and everything behind, so I’m waiting for Johnathan to email me all of the pictures of the food I took with his phone, and I had to get to a place where I actually had internet. As a matter of fact, I’m backstage right now writing this post. We’re going on in a few hours for Rock in Rio!

I’m excited to share the pictures with you guys in the next post, and looking forward (as always) to partying with you guys tonight at the Mrs Carter Show! We like to partyyyyy.. heyy heyyy heyyyyy

See you in a few RIO!

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Belo Horizonte Adventure!

Today was our day off in Belo Horizonte and it was such a blast! Brazil, you are such a beautiful country with amazing people! At first I didn’t think anything was going to happen outside of the hotel today, since we’re all pretty unfamiliar with Belo Horizonte, but it turned out to be a day full of adventure, thanks to our lovely tour guide, Raquel!
Let’s start at the beginning. First was the Central Market:

My mind goes into overdrive whenever I’m in a market, especially a fun one like this! There were so many colors, scents, shapes and sizes.. I wanted to try everything! (I’m not kidding, our tour guide Raquel was like “wow she really does want to eat everything doesn’t she?!”) Starting with empadas.. the perfect balanced bite of crusty dough, salty beef, and melty creamy cheese. Ah, heaven! Rie wanted to get more to bring home, they were so good! Here’s Rie, Bibi, Raquel, and myself:

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Next up was the Brazilian cachaca, explained to me by Raquel:

We chased our empadas with the sweetest pineapple I’ve ever tasted. yum!

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Not only were there lots of yummy things to eat, but there were lots of babies! Here’s Larry’s new friend:

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Our next stop on the Belo Horizonte Adventure was to hear a little bit of a very happening Brazilian pop band, Jota Quest play in the park!

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Continuing on in our music/food/adventure filled day, we stopped to enjoy acai bowls with granola and banana! Apparently the acai fruit is known in the amazon as the “viagra of the amazon”.. Little fun fact for ya.. 😉 lol!

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The best part about eating this antioxidant packed snack is the color it turns your tongue..

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After that we took a drive with Praca Do Papas in mind as our destination and took in the scenery and happened to take a roller coaster ride! (??) I mean, we drove down the steepest hill I’ve ever seen in my life. The one in the video yelling “we’re all gonna die”.. yeah, that’s me.

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Belo Horizonte, thank you for an amazing adventure packed day filled with food, music, breathtaking views, a rich culture, and lots of love. My heart goes out to you and I cannot wait to play for you all tomorrow night!
Eu amo voce!
Adi

Fortaleza

We made it to South America! What’s up, Fortaleza?! Well, I’ve had a pleasant day and a half so far, since it’s been practically a vacation! We had to get here and wait around for the stage and everything to be built. So i’ve just been getting work done, going to the gym, hangin by the pool, running on these beautiful beaches (I did see a guy get chased down and tasered though on that little adventure) and NETFLIX works here! (I’m in the 5th season of MadMen)

Tonight we had a little rehearsal at the stadium here and it’s HUGE! I think they said it holds 50,000 people or so? I don’t know about you, but when I see a big open space like that, I just really want to run around.. but at the expense of having the crew and everyone think i’m completely nuts I settled for strapping my horn around my neck and walking around while warming up. (After traveling for so long and being away from my horn I start to get that practice itch.. You musicians know what I mean.)

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Yesterday we went out to lunch at Coco Bambu and had the freshed seafood! It was so yummy. Of course, placing the order with the waiter was a little difficult, seeing as I only know one word of Portuguese.. and I guess it’s really nothing like Spanish because Kat even had a difficult time. I really wish I got on video her trying to order honey.. “You know.. miele… bee zzzz zzz zzz” (flutters her hands in the air like a bee) It was a good attempt, and kind of fun playing a real life game of charades.. Meanwhile the waiter looks at us like we’re nuts. Ah well, It was a perfectly balanced lunch with fresh ingredients, that I was so grateful for after the airplane food. (Preservative central, right?)Oh, I left out a key detail.. those mashed potatoes with the crust on top.. bombdotcom!

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The breakfast at the hotel was delicious too! Those little buns with the guava jelly in the middle are dangerous! Guava is one of my favorite flavors. Mmm mmm mmm! They eat fruit like it’s candy here. I can really dig that, however I’ve really been eyeing up that Twix in my mini bar. (aye yaye yayee..) I wonder how long it’s been sitting there.. :/ lol

Here’s some shots from rehearsal:

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Today is also Brazil’s Independence Day. Happy birthday Brazil!! I’m glad I could share it with you, and I’m so looking forward to playing here in Fortaleza tomorrow night!

P.s.- Let me know how you all like my new “Where’s waldo” shirt. I’m enjoying it quite much :).