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All SRBCC programs receive partial funding from Arts for Illinois, Illinois Arts Council, Arts Midwest, Driehaus – MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Chicago Community Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Landmarks Illinois, and Field Foundation of Illinois.


SEPTEMBER 13, 22 & 27, 2020

The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center has partnered with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) to co-curate a virtual concert as part of the city’s re-imagined Virtual World Music Festival Chicago. Titled Afro-Diaspora and Folklore, the program will highlight, celebrate and explore the Afro-Latin folkloric musical traditions of some of the Latin American communities who call Chicago home.

Participating groups include:
Bombazo con Buya + special guests Tito Rodríguez and Eli Samuel Rodríguez (Puerto Rico): Buya is a Chicago-based ensemble that aims to preserve and advance bomba, Puerto Rico’s oldest musical expression developed during the 18th century by the island’s African descendants. They will be joined by two pioneers of the form in Chicago: Tito Rodríguez (AfriCaribe) and Eli Samuel Rodríguez (Grupo Yubá, SRBCC).

Bomba con Buya recording their performance for Virtual World Music Festival at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Photo by Elías Carmona.

Los Pleneros de Don Segundo (Puerto Rico): Born in a series of jam sessions at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in 2016, Los Pleneros de Don Segundo write and perform their own material chronicling life in the streets of Humboldt Park, Hermosa and other Chicago neighborhoods.

Pleneros de Don Segundo recording their set for Virtual Chicago World Music Festival 2020 at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center. Photo by Elías Carmona.

Ecos del Pacifico Afrocolombia (Colombia): Formed in 2006 by Julio Cesar Montaño Montenegro, this Chicago-based group is steeped in the Afro-Colombian music and dance traditions of the Pacific coast of Colombia. The group features members of the Montaño Arboleda family and a diverse complement of Chicago musicians of various ethnicities performing on traditional Afro-Colombian percussion, marimba, guitar, clarinet, and bass.

Ecos del Pacífico recording session for Afro-Diaspora y Folklore, as part of the Virtual Worlds Music Festival Chicago.

Tambor Chicago (Cuba): Focused on promoting the proliferation of Afro-Cuban folkloric music to diverse audiences, the group offers private and group classes as well as full-length performance showcasing Afro-Cuban drumming, song, and dance.

WHEN: Streaming Sunday, September 13, from 1-3 pm

WHERE: The recording will take place at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC), 4048 W. Armitage Ave. The concert will stream on the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Event’s official YouTube page,

ABOUT VIRTUAL WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL CHICAGO: Produced by the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the annual World Music Festival Chicago has attracted over 650,000 concertgoers to see more than 750 artists and ensembles from over 80 countries since it began in 1999. This year’s presentation moves online with 4 concerts on Sundays, September 6–27, 1–3pm at It is presented as part of Global Music Month – an online festival joining 19 different festivals and presenters’ events under one banner for a month-long celebration of international music, August 29-October 1. For more info, visit

SEPTEMBER 22, 2020

The Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) will present The Nathan Rodriguez Quintet on Tuesday September 22 at 5:30 p.m. as part of the MCA’s Tuesdays on the Terrace: At Home Edition program.
Percussionist Nathan Rodriguez, founder and leader of Conjunto Borikén, a Chicago-based classic salsa band, explores Afro-Caribbean Jazz in a new quintet format created exclusively for this first collaboration between both institutions.


The public health emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic has severely affected the arts. Musicians who depend on playing to earn a living have no venues to perform in or audiences to play for as Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced this week the cancelation and re-imagination of most outdoor city festivals. In keeping with their commitment to preserve and promote the culture and arts of Puerto Rico, with a special emphasis on its African heritage, the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) announced the launch of Abrazo Virtual, a new series of live shows produced and streamed from their home in Hermosa, Chicago (4048 W. Armitage) beginning Sunday June 14th at 7 pm. The concerts will stream through the Center’s Instagram (@segundoruizbelvis) and YouTube accounts (@SRBCC).

Sunday, September 27 at 7:00 pm

Abrazo Virtual Presents ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat Featuring Logan Lu 

Preview of Raíces to Roots and YouTube (@SRBCC) Platforms

ÉSSO is the bilingual dance band project of Chicago-born songwriter and producer Armando Pérez. He curated an inner-city big band of rotating members unsealing a kaleidoscopic sound propelling them to perform for mutli-cultural concerts and festivals alongside Grammy winning artists. The Chicago based band effortlessly merges Chicano and Boricua roots music with modern dance into a rhythmic sancocho filling club floors and providing ample evidence of Chicago’s presence as a hotbed of diverse new music in the States. Live band members include: Armando Pérez (guitar/vocal), Kevin Miller (saxophone), Dan Lieber (drums/percussion), Ezra Lange (bass), Diana Mosquera (vocals), Luis Tubens (vocals), Matthew Davis (trombone) and special guests. 

Luis Tubens, a.k.a “Logan Lu”, was born in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood and raised in Logan Square. Luis has performed poetry across the United States including with the GUILD COMPLEX, Tia Chucha Press, and the National Museum of Mexican Art. He toured Mexico City in 2016 and 2018 presenting his work at the acclaimed “Show Socrates MX” (2016) and the National Book Fair of Leon GTO (2018) and featured in Puerto Rico at “Poets Passage” and “Gathering of Cities” at Libros AC (2019). On stage, he has opened for notable acts including Saul Williams and Calle 13. He has also been the MC for iconic events such as CumbiaSazo and LatiNxt. Luis is the resident poet for ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat. 

Raíces to Roots is a community-driven, embodied exploration, and celebration of the Chicago Puerto Rican experience by SRBCC resident artists María Luisa Torres and Logan Lu. The project weaves together Latin Dances, such as Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bachata with poetry and music, to illustrate stories of struggle, pride, and resilience, surrounding the central theme of “home”. The work is inspired and informed by meditation, community engagement, and collaboration with other artists.

Archived Performances

Recorded live in Hermosa, Chicago.
Teen Arts Tuesdays: Juventud, Ritmo y Movimiento
Feat. youth from current and past SRBCC Programs

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Teen Arts Tuesdays: Los Pleneros de Don Segundo and SRBCC Youth Afro-Caribbean Jazz
Tuesday, August 25th at 6:00 pm

Teen Arts Tuesdays: Afro-Latin Percussion for Teens
Tuesday, August 18th at 6:00 pm

Avondale Jam Sessions: Joe Rendón and Friends
Sunday, August 16th at 7:00 pm

Platforms: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube 

Sunday, July 12th at 7:00 pm

Logan Square Jam Sessions: A Tribute to Richie Pillot by Edwin Sánchez

Platforms: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube 

@SRBCC @segundoruizbelvis

Sunday, June 28th at 7:00 pm

Lincolnwood Jam Sessions by the Roy McGrath Latin Jazz Ensemble

Platforms: Instagram, Facebook, YouTube 

@SRBCC @segundoruizbelvis

Click below for the full live show. Please consider making a donation to support this initiative.

Sunday, June 14th at 7:00 pm | Las BomPleneras

Platforms: Instagram, YouTube 

@SRBCC @segundoruizbelvis

Click below for the full live show. Please consider making a donation to support this initiative.

Past Events

Free Facebook Live Event

4 Zoom Salsa Online Classes

Partnerships and Collaborations

*Canceled due to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

*Postponed due to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. New date to be announced soon.

*Canceled due to COVID-19 Public Health Emergency


After a successful run at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, El Circo de la Ausencia, an exhibit by Y No Habia Luz, now has three pieces displayed at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center.

Read the interactive story by WBEZ’s Bill Healy on the opening of the exhibit here.

Hear SRBCC’s Executive Director Omar Torres-Kortright’s interview with Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell from WBEZ here.