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Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center’s 45th Anniversary Gala & Fundraiser
In this historic event Chicago’s longest-standing Latino Cultural Center will be commemorating the past while unveiling new branding and programming for the future. SRBCC brings Pirulo y la Tribu, Puerto Rico’s most sought-after artist of the new salsa generation, for a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of Afro-Caribbean music and dance in Chicago.
Emcees: Ana Belaval from WGN and Mikey O from Mikey O’s Comedy Show
In consonance with its mission and vision, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center wants to bridge the gap between celebrity musicians and youth performers, allowing a new generation of aspiring artists for unparalleled access to musical production. You will see this through a captivating opening showcase by SRBCC’s Afro-Caribbean Jazz and Music Video Apprentices, and the center’s youth bomba group Arawak’Opia (Dance of the Ancestors).
It all ends with a full danceable concert by Francisco “Pirulo” Rosado and his 8-piece band, coming exclusively from Puerto Rico for this event.
The cocktail reception part of the gala will start promptly at 6:30 pm at the Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, located at 4545 N. Lincoln Avenue (East Building).
Gala and Concert
The official gala program and concert will start at 7:45 pm at the Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall, located across the street at 4544 N. Lincoln Avenue (West Building).
About Pirulo y La Tribu, special guest artist and honoree:
Pirulo y La Tribu are a 21st century salsa and timba group who wed classic style to modern production. Their music combines Nuyorican salsa, Afro-Cuban son, and Puerto Rican bomba.
Early sales through our fundraising campaign ($75 donations and above). Old Town School of Folk Music will release tickets on their website later this week.