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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.


Night Out in the Parks 2021 Season
Bámbula! Afro-Diaspora in Chicago
SRBCC presents Mancha E’ Plátano (Directly from Barcelona, Spain) and Las Bompleneras as part of MacArthur International Connections Exchange.
Join Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center in “Bámbula: Afro-Diaspora in Chicago”, a celebration of Afro-Puerto Rican music and dance featuring local and touring practitioners of Bomba, the island’s oldest form of music originated by the first West African enslaved people and their descendants. All events are free and open to the public. No registration needed.
September 9th, 2021
International Connections: 50 Years of Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center
Chicago’s Bomba con Buya and Barcelona’s all-female Mancha e Plátano share the stage with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

In the context of MacArthur’s International Connections Program, SRBCC presents Bomba con BuyaMancha e Plátano and Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre sharing the stage for the first time.

Tickets: $0 to $35

About the MacArthur International Connections Fund

The International Connections Fund (ICF) was established in 2008 with the goal of helping Chicago nonprofit organizations advance their work by collaborating with peer organizations abroad. These projects have enabled Chicago artists, audiences, and arts and culture organizations to participate in international exchanges with counterparts from 63 different countries on six continents. Bomba con Buya (Chicago) and Mancha e Plátano (Barcelona) are part of the second SRBCC-produced International Connections Project since 2017.

Bomba con Buya

Bomba con Buya is a Chicago-based ensemble that aims to preserve and advance bomba. Developed during the 18th century among the island’s African descendants, bomba is Puerto Rico’s oldest surviving music and dance form. Buya means ‘good spirit’ in Taino, and the group strives to embody this idea. Bomba con Buya released Buya Live in 2015 and Southern Sessions in 2019.

Mancha E’ Plátano

Mancha ‘E Plátano is a percussion, song, poetry and dance group focused on Bomba. Their repertoire varies between traditional songs and poetry, compositions by contemporary artists, as well as original songs. Dancing is a key element that accompanies the experience of each concert, where the bailadora invites those who feel drawn to the rhythms of the Bomba to participate. Mancha ‘E Plátano has performed in various venues, including the Jamboree, the Marula Café and the Diobar. Past performances include: Gràcia, Poble Sec, Sants, and 8M Barcelona 2020.

Special Guests: Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre

With an intense focus on personal narratives, the combined talents of its diverse collective of artists, and the multiple artistic languages with which they communicate, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre engages audiences in magnetic human stories at once new & deeply familiar.

Cerqua Rivera will perform a 35-minute piece including content from their newest original work: Shiver, Culture Loop, and ROOT.

Producer: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center


Canceled Due to Weather

Canceled: Tuesdays on the Terrace: Edwin Sanchez and Papo Santiago co-organized with the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

  • Anne & John Kern Terrace Garden
    Outer east side of the MCA, accessible via the back gate and the Commons

Advance tickets for Tuesdays on the Terrace have been claimed.

Walk-up tickets are available at the back gate one hour before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. See the MCA’s waiting list policy for more details.

More seats may become available in accordance with city and state guidelines as COVID-19 policies change.


In keeping with their commitment to preserve and promote the arts, 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). The concerts stream free of charge through the Center’s Facebook ( and YouTube accounts (@SRBCC). VIEW ALL EPISODES HERE.

SRBCC is Re-Opening!

Are you interested in attending one of our monthly intimate in-person events? We have taken every precaution to make the experience as safe and comfortable as possible for everyone. These limited-capacity special events will feature local and touring talent as you have never experienced it before, with your own designated seating area at a safe social distance from everyone. Email us at and stay connected to learn more.

Latest SRBCC Documentary Production
Abrazo Virtual Navideño Filmed in Puerto Rico, December 23, 2020
Language: Spanish
Duration: 68 mins.
Featured Artists and Interviews:
Mariana Reyes, Hector “Tito” Matos, Kily Vializ, Bárbara Pérez.

Featuring Tito Matos y la Máquina Insular and Kily Vializ — two of the most representative artists of the island’s bomba and plena scene — this special edition of the Center’s Abrazo Virtual series was recorded live at the Taller Comunidad La Goyco in Santurce

Conversatorio en el patio interior del Taller Comunidad La Goyco.

Located inside the old Pedro G. Goyco School, the Taller Comunidad La Goyco is a community cultural center dedicated to the creation of programs, initiatives and opportunities for area residents while celebrating the street’s and the city’s rich history and culture. The center holds such programs as “Jazz Sundays,” “Movie Sundays,” health fairs and music workshops. The organization has also hosted COVID-19 testing and the distribution of masks during the pandemic as well as conversations with all the candidates for Mayor of San Juan, virtual music workshops and concerts (featuring the likes of award-winning saxophonist Miguel Zenón and drummer Henry Cole), and literary chats. The center recently served as the backdrop for Dominican rocker Rita Indiana’s epic music video “Mandinga Times.”

Voluntarios del Taller Comunidad La Goyco trabajan los principios de un proyecto de huerto comunitario.

“We are proud to partner with the Taller Comunidad La Goyco for this special event. We share a similar cultural and civic mission and a common interest in empowering our communities through the arts while addressing some of their most urgent needs,” said Torres-Kortright. “Two years ago we invited Tito Matos, one of the Taller’s founders, and his Máquina Insular to perform at SRBCC and at UIC’s 24th Annual Pa’lante Conference in Chicago as part of our efforts to support Puerto Rico’s arts community in the aftermath of Hurricane María. As a musician, as a torchbearer for plena music and as a community activist, Tito is a role model for us.

Tito Matos y la Máquina Insular

“Kily will be joined by la creme de la creme of Mayagüez’s bomba tradition, including some of the genre’s top female performers, among them Ángela Vázquez, Bárbara Pérez and Mariela Mendoza. He will also be joined by Leró Martínez, who by now has become a fixture of Chicago’s bomba and plena scene with his performances at the Puerto Rican People’s Parade and Chicago Summerdance, among other local venues and events,” he added.

A plena maestro who has performed alongside Eddie Palmieri, Ricky Martin and Gloria Estefan, Héctor “Tito” Matos is one of the leaders of a movement that, in the last decade, has revitalized this genre in the island through his celebrated group Viento de Agua and now through La Máquina Insular. Featuring the traditional instrumentation of tambourines, güiro, tumbadora and the back-up of a clarinet, La Máquina Insular plays a repertoire of classic and new plenas with the strength and rhythm typical of the best of the genre. 

Kily Vializ performing with Leró Martínez’s Boricua Soy at SRBCC, December 2016 Chicago, IL.

Kily Vializ is a bomba and plena musician and cultural activist from the Western municipality of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, where the Puerto Rican bomba. Vializ writes and performs his own material. Early this year, he released his first record, Boricua y de Mayagüez, thanks to a series of grants from the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture, Cultura Plenera and the Flamboyán Foundation.

While this special event is free, for those who wish to continue supporting this type of programming, SRBCC has launched a Patreon account to raise funds for its diverse virtual arts and community initiatives as the city and the country battle COVID-19. SRBCC’s donation-based carefully-curated series of virtual performances, classes, podcasts, and workshops are designed to keep local artists and youth working in visible and meaningful ways while providing artists with resources to bring their projects to fruition. To donate, visit