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Twenty-eight-year-old Brazilian Luísa Maita was destined to be a singer. The São Paulo siren was recording advertising jingles by age 7, and both her parents were in the music biz: Her dad was a guitar-strumming parking-lot owner whose lone album is a favorite among collectors, and her mom is a producer. Named after a song by bossa nova legend Antônio Carlos Jobim, Maita grew up with the sounds of samba, Billie Holiday, and, of course, bossa nova ringing in her ears. Her debut album, Lero-Lero, reflects her musical heritage, with some R&B and Brazilian pop influences thrown in. Maita’s got the breathy-vocals-over-acoustic-guitar style down, on display in “Amor e Paz,” a tribute to compatriot musician João Gilberto. But she sounds best when she adds some power, such as on “Alivio,” an Afro-samba paean to the ocean, the stars, and dancing in the streets.
MAITA PERFORMS AT 8 P.M. AND 10 P.M. AT BOHEMIAN CAVERNS, 2001 11TH ST. NW. $18-$22. (202) 299-0800.