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History of San Diego Brazilian Productions

Brazilian Productions aka Carnaval Mardi Gras Productions, producers of San Diego Brazil Carnaval Mardi Gras, has been actively producing and promoting Brazilian Carnaval, Mardi Gras Events and Shows  since 1988. We have produced and promoted shows with such Brazilian artists as OLODUM, Moraes Moreira, Renni Flores, from OBA OBA, Daniela Mercury, Ed Motta, Djambi, Marisa Monte, Ivan Lin, RACIONAIS MCs and Gilberto Gil.  We also coordinate and organize the Carnaval Mardi Gras Parades for San Diego Street Scene, the largest food and music festival on the West Coast.

San Diego Brazil Carnaval is one of the largest most authentic Carnaval Event in California.  It brings together San Diego’s Brazilian community and the rest of San Diego to celebrate the most important party of the year.    Through out the years, San Diego Carnaval Mardi Gras has served as a vehicle to bring people together and build a cultural bridge between Brazil and the United States.

We function as Entertainment Consultants and provide Brazilian, Latin, African, Reggae, Caribbean, Jazz, Flamenco and Caribbean artists for Conventions, Parades, Carnavals, Street Fairs, Weddings, and Private Parties...Contact Us  when it comes time to plan that next special event.


October 2, 1948 - December 14, 2008

Steven C. Spencer was born on October 2, 1948 at Mercy Hospital in San Diego, California.  He was the first child of Betty Bonita Davis and Barney W. Spencer.  He graduated from St. Augustine Catholic High School and later attended San Diego State University where he studied psychology. While at San Diego State he joined Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

He worked for the State of California for 38 years, first in the Department of Unemployment and later in the Department of Fair Housing and Employment where he was a top performer.  He had recently retired from state service following a prolonged illness which he finally succumbed to on December 14, 2008.

His true avocation was promoting Brazilian culture and music in California.  He travelled throughout Brazil in support of the many cultural extravaganzas that he produced.  He will be remembered for bringing Carnaval to San Diego.  His love of music was diverse; he could be heard listening to reggae, especially Bob Marley, zydeco, blues, jazz, and songs of the 60's.  He enjoyed playing chess and ultimately became a Chess Master.  He was quite comfortable in the kitchen cooking cuisine from around the globe and was always enthusiastic about trying out new restaurants in town.  He was a student of history who traced his family tree back to the Cherokee nation and studied his origins on the continent of Africa.

He is survived by a sister, Susan Christine Spencer, two nephews, Damien Beavers and Spencer Thompson, a great nephew, Rahall Thompson, and a loving companion, Freida Brown.  His business partner Christine continues to carry on his legacy of promoting Brazilian culture in California.  He also leaves behind a host of relatives, colleagues and long time friends who will miss his gentle ways and engaging smile.



La Jolla Marriott with Sol e Mar
Bakari & Leticia
Brazil by the Bay Princess Resort Rio Thing &  Sol e Mar
Afro-Brazilian dance workshop
Club Brazil at
Brazil by the Bay Princess Hotel ... Katia Moraes
Orixa BÁ BÁ
Started Sevilla CLUB Brazil with Josias dos Santos
Sonia Santos from "Oba Oba" at Mi Cabana
Brazil by the Bay U. S. Grant Lula & Afro-Brazil
Brazil Carnaval '93 Hilton Moraes Moreira, Maria, Sol e Mar, Josias dos Santos
"Bahia Carnaval on Tour" Olodum, Sol e Mar, Teye Sa Thiossane
La Jolla Marriott: "Rio Comes to La Jolla" with Escola de Samba Sol e Mar
"Lambada Tropical" Portuguese Hall: with Bakari & Leticia
Brazil by the Bay
"Baile de Revillion" Princess Resort: Lula & Afro-Brazil
Afro-Brazilian dance workshop Cafe Sevilla: Club Brazil with Betho Filho
Brazil by the Bay
"San Diego Carnaval Mardi Gras '94" World Beat Ctr Meia Noite, Katia Moraes, Renni Flores
"World Cup Celebration" Chabasco's Katia Moraes
Brazil by the Bay Meia Noite, Katie Moraes, Renni Flores
Festa da BAHIA Chubascos: Renni Flores, Betho Filho, Meia Noite, Sol e Mar, Katia Moraes, Tatta Spalls
San Diego Brazil Carnaval '95 U.S. Grant Hotel: Renni Flores, Katia Moraes, Luiza Marques & Brazil Tropical, Marcos Santos, Sol e Mar, Cheramoya Samba School
San Diego Brazil Carnaval '96 U.S. Grant Hotel: Sambala, Josias dos Santos & Sol E Mar, Renni Flores, Claudinho, Iraguacu, Sambamania dancers, Sambala, Lula & Afro-Brazil,  Luiza Marques & Brazil Tropical
San Diego Street Scene '96 Gaslamp Quarter: Renni Flores, Luiza Marques and Brazil Tropical, Luizinho & Claudinho, Sol E Mar, Sambala, Super Sonic Samba School, Sambamania Dancers
San Diego Brazil Carnaval '97 U.S. Grant Hotel: Sambala, Mila, Sol e  Mar, Luiza Marques and Brazil Tropical, Katia Moraes Swing Brazil
San Diego Street Scene '97

Gaslamp Quarter: Olodum, Renni Flores, M.I.L.A. Luizinho, Claudinho, Sol E Mar, Sambala, Super Sonic Samba School, Sambamania Dancers, Aluadomar Dancers, Swing Brazil
San Diego Brazil Carnaval '98 U.S. Grant Hotel: Flavio, Luiza Marques, Renni Flores,  Sambamania Dancers,  Swing Brazil, Luizinho, Josias dos Santos & Sambrasil
San Diego Brazil Carnaval '99 U.S. Grant Hotel: Sol E Mar SensaSamba, Sambamania, George Carioca, Quilombo do San Diego Capoeira
San Diego Street Scene '99

Gaslamp Quarter: Gilberto Gil, Olodum, Renni Flores, Sol E Mar,  Super Sonic Samba School, Sambamania Dancers,Capoeira Quilombo, Capoeira Mandinga
San Diego Brazil Carnaval 2000

Gaslamp Quarter: Daniela Mercury, Sol E Mar,  Super Sonic Samba School, Sambamania Dancers,Capoeira Quilombo, Capoeira Mandinga
San Diego Brazil Carnaval 2001

Click on Marisa Monte image to visit the California Center for the Arts Escondido Website

Escondido Center for Performing Artsr: Marisa Monte
San Diego Brazil Carnaval 2002
San Diego Brazil Carnaval 2003
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