Events

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2/11/16 | 4048 W. Armitage | Doors Open at 6:00 pm | $20 donation in advance | $25 at the door

Mike Oquendo and Elizardi Castro team up to support SRBCC’s Youth Music Programs in a benefit show featuring a performance by Arawak’Opia Youth Bomba Ensemble.

One of the most innovative comedians around, Elizardi Castro combines his Puerto Rican heritage with American culture to create a Spanglish riot of laughter and fun in all his shows. Born in Puerto Rico and raised in New York, this New Yorican comic has been blazing the stages and delighting audiences of all ages.

His animated and physical comedic style has made him an audience favorite everywhere he performs. His critically acclaimed shows have been reviewed and recommended by numerous publications including the Chicago Sun-Times and the Orlando Sentinel.  His shows have also been featured on WGN-TV, Telemundo and Univision.  He recently won “Best Stand Up” at the acclaimed United Solo Festival in NYC.

 

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2/12/16

Sabor a Café presents…

Julia al Son de Jazz

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9:00 pm | Sabor a Café | 2435 W Peterson Ave | No Cover | Reservations accepted and recommended

Join us for a very special evening with the Roy McGrath Quintet.

The ensemble will perform a series of original compositions that showcase Afro-Caribbean jazz with recitatives of poetry from acclaimed Puerto Rican poet and activist Julia de Burgos.

“Julia al Son de Jazz” was commissioned last year by the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and performed at the park named after Julia de Burgos on Chicago’s new urban trail, The 606. Sabor a Café is proud to present this new work for only its second time.

Roy McGrath is a Puerto Rico-born saxophonist and a graduate of Northwestern University’s Beinen School of Music, where he studied with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s Victor Goines. In addition to performing in countless salsa, Latin jazz and funk ensembles, he leads the Roy McGrath Quartet, who recently returned from a month-long tour of Mexico supporting their CD “Martha”, which they presented for the first time at a CD release party at Sabor a Café in 2014.

The Roy McGrath Quintet is: Roy McGrath, tenor sax; Jean Christophe Leroy, drums; James Wenzel, bass, Bill Cessna, piano; and Joe Rendon, congas.

 

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2/18/16

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center presents…

Noches de Guaracha con

Papo Santiago y su Orquesta

 

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7:30 pm | Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center | 4048 W. Armitage | $ 10 Suggested Donation

Papo Santiago’s Orchestra joins us for the second installment of our series dedicated to traditional dance music from Puerto Rico and Cuba. 100% vinyl DJ set by Agúzate DJ Crew. Bring your dancing shoes!

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3/4/16

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center presents…

Bomba de Salón

 

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7:30 pm | 4048 W. Armitage | $10 Suggested Donation

Buya and SRBCC’s Arawak’Opia Youth Bomba Ensemble host the second in a series of  “Bailes de Bomba” (Bomba Dances) celebrating the Puerto Rican traditions of couples’ dancing from the south of the island. Join us and enjoy a varied repertoire of new and classic Afro-Puerto Rican songs, rhythms and dance styles with some of Chicago’s most recognized “bomberos”. Family Friendly Event.

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3/5/16

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center presents…

Atención Atención

Indoor picnic at SRBCC. Acoustic show with Víctor and El Sapo!

Picnic bajo techo en SRBCC. Show acústico con Víctor y el Sapo!

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3/5/16 | 4048 W. Armitage | $10 suggested donation |Doors Open at 2:30 pm

Víctor y El Sapo, dos de los personajes principales del proyecto puertorriqueño ganador del Emmy visitan el Centro Cultural Segundo Ruiz Belvis para una función acústica familiar.

Víctor M. Rivera junto a Yvonne Solanas Pacheco (su madre) son los creadores del concepto “Atención Atención” que comienza en 1999, año en el que se publicó la primera producción discográfica, “Atención Atención… Este Juego Va a Empezar”. Apoyado con talleres sobre como utilizar la música en clase enseñando los valores con objetivos preventivos a maestros pre escolares, su música empezó a ser utilizada por los maestros de Puerto Rico y República Dominicana como herramienta y complemento a su currículo escolar. Este disco contiene algunas de las canciones más famosas de Atención Atención, “Había un sapo, sapo”, “Atención Atención este juego va a empezar” y “La canción del lagartijo”.

Su última producción discográfica llamada “Vamos a bailar” editada en diciembre del 2012, recibió una nominación a los premios Grammy Latino como mejor álbum de música para niños.

Atención Atención fue seleccionado y reconocido por la ONU a través de la “Global Music Initiative” como uno de los programas promotores de la paz en el “Program for Lifelong Learning” en su publicación bi-anual “Music as a Global Resource Compendium”.

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3/24/16

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center presents…

Julia al Son de Jazz

 

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7:30 pm | 4048 W. Armitage | $10 Suggested Donation

Join us for a very special evening with the Roy McGrath Quintet.

The ensemble will perform a series of original compositions that showcase Afro-Caribbean jazz with recitatives of poetry from acclaimed Puerto Rican poet and activist Julia de Burgos.

“Julia al Son de Jazz” was commissioned last year by the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center and performed at the park named after Julia de Burgos on Chicago’s new urban trail, The 606.

Roy McGrath is a Puerto Rico-born saxophonist and a graduate of Northwestern University’s Beinen School of Music, where he studied with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra’s Victor Goines. In addition to performing in countless salsa, Latin jazz and funk ensembles, he leads the Roy McGrath Quartet, who recently returned from a month-long tour of Mexico supporting their CD “Martha”, which they presented for the first time at a CD release party at Sabor a Café in 2014.

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5/24/16

Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center presents…

Folclórico: An Exploration of Afro-Puerto Rican music and Jazz with Miguel Zenón

7:00 pm  | 4048 W. Armitage | FREE (Donations Welcome)

Miguel Zenón’s residency presented by the University of Chicago will include a community performance  produced in partnership with Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center on May 24, 2016. The evening will include an intimate performance with professional and aspiring Afro-Puerto Rican groups, including Buya and Arawak’Opia, SRBCC’s Youth Bomba Ensemble.
Register here for this special event, which will be part of SRBCC’s 45-year Anniversary Celebration.

Miguel Zenón performs on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Logan Center.

Multiple Grammy Nominee and Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón represents a select group of musicians who have masterfully balanced and blended the often-contradictory poles of innovation and tradition. Widely considered as one of the most groundbreaking and influential saxophonists of his generation, he has also developed a unique voice as a composer and as a conceptualist, concentrating his efforts on perfecting a fine mix between Latin American Folkloric Music and Jazz.
Born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Zenón studied classical saxophone at the Escuela Libre de Música in Puerto Rico before receiving a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies from Berklee College of Music, and a master’s degree in Jazz Performance at Manhattan School of Music. Zenón’s more formal studies, however, are supplemented and enhanced by his vast and diverse experience as a sideman and collaborator. Throughout his career he has  divided his time equally between working with older jazz masters and  working with the music’s younger innovators –irrespective of styles and genres. The list of musicians Zenón has toured and/or recorded with includes: The SFJAZZ Collective, Charlie Haden, Fred Hersh, Kenny Werner, David Sánchez, Danilo Perez, The Village Vanguard Orchestra, The Mingus Big Band, Bobby Hutcherson and Steve Coleman.
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