Born in New York City, raised in Rio de Janeiro, and once again living among us, cosmopolitan bossa nova crooner Bebel Gilberto headlines this SummerStage show kicking off Brasil Summerfest, an eight-day musical feijoada co-curated by Nublu Records’ Petrit Pula and SummerStage’s Erika Elliott. For aficionados, however, the main attraction will be politically engaged rapper Criolo, who grew up in Buenos Aires and has been characterized by no less an authority than Caetano Veloso as “possibly the most important figure on the Brazilian pop scene.” Opener Flávio Renegado, another eclectic hip-hop ghetto grad, should wet your whistle for a week that includes singer Luísa Maita later tonight at SOB’s, Recife’s DJ Dolores at Drom (July 27), and psychedelic elders Os Mutantes at Bushwick’s posh new Well (July 28).

Sat., July 21, 3 p.m., 2012