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A spirit of joy pulsates through the staggeringly diverse tapestry of music that legendary Brazilian artist Sergio Mendes has created over his remarkable six-decade career. Now, this iconic Grammy Awardwinner brings his Latin, jazz, and funk sound and infectiously joyful spirit to the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach.

The Langley Federal Credit Union Concert Series presents Sergio Mendes: Bossa Nova Samba Celebration on Wednesday, August 16 at 7:30 PM at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, March 24 at 10 AM and can be purchased at or by visiting the Sandler Center box office located at 201 Market Street, Virginia Beach, VA 23462. Tickets are priced at $39, $49, $54, and $79, plus applicable fees. To receive the exclusive presale code to purchase tickets before the general public, join the Sandler Center Cyber Club at The presale for this show will take place on Wednesday, March 22 from 10 AM through Thursday, March 23 at 10 PM.

Best known for his pioneering contributions to the foundations of bossa nova alongside the likes of Antônio Carlos Jobim, and the era-defining Latin-pop sound of his iconic group Brasil ’66, Mendes has existed as a legend on the Latin music scene for decades. Creating scintillating collaborations with jazz legends like Cannonball Adderley and Herbie Mann, Mendes continued bridging generations with his chart-topping adult contemporary smash, “Never Gonna Let You Go,” a 21st-century reinvention with the Black-Eyed Peas and John Legend, and an Oscar®-nominated theme song for the animated hit Rio. Mendes’ contagious spirit of joy has pervaded everything he’s ever ushered into the ears of listeners.

The Brazilian legend’s 2020 album is no exception. On In The Key of Joy, Mendes looks back the only way he knows how – by once again moving forward. Released to coincide with a spectacular new documentary on his life by acclaimed filmmaker John Scheinfeld (Chasing Trane, Who is Harry Nilsson?) the album In The Key of Joy melds the classic Brazilian, jazz and pop sounds that have long characterized Mendes’ music with stunningly contemporary inspirations that make the album sound at once utterly timeless and wholly of the moment. The documentary, Sergio Mendes: In The Key of Joy enjoyed a worldwide release in 2021, after its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in 2020. ABOUT THE SANDLER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS: The Sandler Center opened on November 3, 2007 and is managed by Oak View Group (OVG360). With 1,308 seats and a soaring glass façade, the building is located in the heart of Virginia Beach’s Town Center, a hub for cultural entertainment. With local and international talent visiting the Sandler Center, performances are perfect for audiences of all ages. Patrons will experience an intimate environment when visiting the Sandler Center, as no seat is further than 100 ft. from the stage. Learn more at and Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


OVG360, a division of Oak View Group, is a full-service venue management and hospitality company that helps client-partners reimagine the sports, live entertainment, and convention industries for the betterment of the venue, employees, artists, athletes, and surrounding communities. With a portfolio of more than 200 client-partners spanning arenas, stadiums, convention centers, performing arts centers, cultural institutions, and state fairs around the globe, OVG360 provides a set of services, resources and expertise designed to elevate every aspect of business that matters to venue operators. Service-oriented and driven by social responsibility, OVG360 helps facilities drive value through excellence and innovation in food services, booking and content development, sustainable operations, public health and public safety and more.

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