Plena is traditional Afro-Puerto Rican music born in the late part of the 19th century in the town of Ponce, located in the southern part of the island. This popular music genre has been used both as a way of celebration and as a tool to protest against the local and federal government for critical issues affecting one of the world’s oldest colonies.
Named in honor of Don Segundo Ruiz Belvis, Los Pleneros de Don Segundo performed for the first time on September 2016 when SRBCC was invited to prepare a musical surprise for Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda at the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture’s 2016 Raíces Gala.
Since then, SRBCC has worked extensively to provide Chicago’s only traditional plena project with adequate rehearsal space, and multiple opportunities to perform in events that go from private functions to city festivals.
Members include lead singer Chris Suarez, musical director Michael Rodriguez (güiro), percussionists José Natal (tumbador), Quincy Raggs (seguidor), and Jonathan Pacheco (requinto), as well as Roy McGrath on saxophone.
To hire Los Pleneros de Don Segundo and contribute to the development of original plena in Chicago, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org (anytime) or call us at 773-698-6004 (weekdays 10 am to 6:30 pm).