Events

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SRBCC EVENTS

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.

ABRAZO VIRTUAL

Chicago, IL (June 11, 2020) — 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. It is anticipated that, even after the current emergency has passed, many venues will no longer be open for business, limiting opportunities for work. The future and sustainability of the arts is in jeopardy. 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 today the launch of Abrazo Virtual, a new series of live shows produced and streamed from their home in Hermosa, Chicago (4048 W. Armitage) beginning this Sunday June 14th at 7 pm. The first round of artists announced for Abrazo Virtual include: Las BomPleneras, an all female-ensemble dedicated to the Puerto Rican music and dance genres of Bomba and Plena; the Roy McGrath Latin Jazz Ensemble and a tribute to the late Latin Jazz bass virtuoso Richie Pillot by acclaimed pianist Edwin Sánchez. The concerts will stream through the Center’s Instagram (@segundoruizbelvis) and YouTube accounts (@SRBCC).

Archived Performances

Image of Richard Pillot courtesy of Carlos Flores

Recorded Live at SRBCC in Hermosa, Chicago IL

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

Image of Richard Pillot courtesy of Carlos Flores

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

Tuesday nights at Café Bolero marked a before and after in Chicago Latin music history. Led by the late bass virtuoso Richard Pillot, these swinging improvisational sessions gave Chicagoans a window into the depth and diversity of the city’s Afro-Caribbean music scene. Many of Chicago’s top salseros and jazz musicians today were given some of their first opportunities to play in front of an audience at Café Bolero’s backroom. This second installment in our homage to Chicago’s Latin jam sessions will feature Pillot’s friend and veteran pianist/bandleader Edwin Sánchez, himself a veteran salsero since his teenage years growing up in 1970s era Humboldt Park. SRBCC asked Edwin to invite a group of Pillot’s original Havana Kings to an epic jam session in Hermosa, and he came through.

Recorded Live at SRBCC in Hermosa, Chicago IL

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.

Welcome to the first installment of a tribute series to the Latin Jazz jam sessions that have taken place throughout the city in the last 20 years. The Lincolnwood Jam Session, organized by San Juan-born saxophonist Roy McGrath in 2019, revived a tradition that had gone dormant for nearly a decade and brought together top musicians from Chicago’s jazz and salsa communities to break down barriers and explore new ideas in a supportive atmosphere in front of a live audience. It is one of the most recent examples of Chicago’s rich improvised Afro-Latin jazz scene.

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.

Born in 2010 right here in Chicago, Las BomPleneras is a groundbreaking all-female ensemble dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and growth of Puerto Rican culture through the music and dance genres of Bomba and Plena. In doing so they are a living expression of female empowerment in what has historically been a male dominated art form, bringing a new perspective and fresh energy to these important historic traditions.

In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd and national protests demanding an end to police brutality, Las Bompleneras are deeply committed to sending a message of black and brown unity by celebrating our Black Roots, and calling for an end to all forms of systemic racism.

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


ONGOING PROGRAMS AND EVENTS

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.