Just last week Sabina Sciubba, lead singer of Brazilian Girls, announced she had a supporting role in Zach Galifianakis' new TV show Baskets. And during her show at the North Beach Bandshell on Friday night, she put forth maximum effort to prove that she had the theatrical and comedic chops for audiences to keep their eyes on her, whether on the stage or the screen.
The New York-based Brazilian Girls, consisting of keyboardist Didi Gutman, drummer Aaron Johnston, and guitarist Jesse Murphy, played the breezy, jazzy, lounge intro of "Homme" as Sciubba sauntered onstage at 10 p.m. Wearing something in between a shawl and a cape, she lifted a cigarette to her mouth before singing the French lyrics.
Throughout the night, Sciubba said to the crowd the kind of things you can get away with only if you have a European accent. "I wish we could turn down the lights in all the cities in the world and be in the dark together."
Later, as she told the crowd about her afternoon swim in the Atlantic, she revealed, "A jellyfish bit me in the butt cheek." It was starting to become clear why Galifianakis would want to work with her.
In their hourlong, nine-song set Sciubba blew up an inflatable crown and wore it regally, accepted a pineapple from the crowd, and twirled it on her head midsong. She even pleaded to the audience, "I'm so jet lagged; can you get me some weed?" Someone in the audience obliged. She lit the joint, inhaled, and passed it along to her bandmates before giving it back.
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That combined with the glass of wine she was enjoying must have lowered her inhibitions to zero, because for the entirety of "Dance Till the Morning Sun," she climbed off the stage and sang her parts while skipping and snaking through the crowd, even sharing the mic to bearded revelers, letting them have a chance to belt out the lyrics.
She ascended back to the stage for the disco hit "Don't Stop." Then, in a line that could have been spoken by Galifianakis' character in The Hangover, she said, "Everyone is happy when we pull out the pussy and the marijuana. It's all about generosity." Then they went into the reggae beats of "Pussy," which sure enough did have everyone generously singing along to the chorus, which, if you're unfamiliar, goes "Pussy pussy pussy marijuana."
With that, they bid farewell, and the show was over. Last year, during a show at Ball & Chain, Brazilian Girls made a promise to Miami to be back. They kept that promise, but sadly Brazilian Girls left the stage on Friday without telling us when they would return. And, though thankful for the show, there was a melancholy vibe floating through the audience, which was no doubt slightly bummed out that it will not have the opportunity to tune in to another episode of Brazilian Girls for quite some time.