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Diogo Nogueira wanted a career as a professional soccer player. But when he hurt his knee after two years with the Cruzeiro team, it was time to change jobs. The Brazilian vocalist’s late father João Nogueira, a samba star, brought his son to shows and jam sessions, often putting him behind the microphone. Diogo began performing, and in 2007, released his debut album, Cidade do Samba. He won a Latin Grammy in 2010, and he now hosts and performs on a weekly network samba television show in Brazil. On his albums, Nogueira occupies a higher range than his baritone father, but he conveys the same mix of romanticism and joy (the word “amor” appears in three song titles on his 2009 album, Tô Fazendo a Minha Parte). But he’s not just a suave balladeer: The singer has also written and performed energetic carnival anthems. Count on hearing a little from both categories at his concert tonight. Nogueira performs at 8 p.m. at the Artisphere Ballroom, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $25. artisphere.com. (703) 875-1100.