Orquesta el Macabeo, a new generation band that plays old school salsa reminiscent of the birth of the music during the early days of Fania Records, travel to Chicago from Puerto Rico to perform a benefit concert at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4048 West Armitage Avenue in Chicago, Friday, September 4 at 8:00PM. All proceeds will benefit SRBCC’s community programs.
“Orquesta el Macabeo is a very unique group in contemporary salsa music,” says SRBCC Executive Director Omar Torres-Kortright, who moved to Chicago from San Juan, Puerto Rico over a decade ago. “Salsa came out of New York City very honest and raw back in the 1960’s and 70’s, and Macabeo, who are all former punk rockers, capture that willingness to break ground and be original. After working with them in their previous Midwestern tours, I’m honored and thrilled to host them for the first time at SRBCC.”
Orquesta el Macabeo formed in 2008 and released their first album, Salsa Macabra, in 2010, followed by El Entierro in 2011. Madrid’s Vampisoul Records combined tracks from each to release Salsa Bestial internationally in 2012 and the band followed with the all-new Lluvia Con Sol in 2013. Lyrically, their songs tell stories in a way that breaks the mold of current Latin music, shining a light on the reality of life in Puerto Rico. Fusion.net wrote that Orquesta el Macabeo “… will restore your faith in salsa music… contemporary salsa that is for the streets, by the streets — just like how it started in the first place.”
The band just released Seite años Macabros, a collection that includes one new song, the collaboration with the Puerto Rican / Argentine singer Mimi Maura La puerta está abierta.
Sponsored by Agúzate and Wintrust Bank.
About Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center: Founded in 1971, Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center is one of Chicago’s oldest Puerto Rican cultural organizations. Originally located in the Wicker Park / Bucktown area, the Center purchased the former Karlov Theater building in Hermosa and, after a complete remodeling, opened there in December 2013. SRBCC realizes its mission to preserve and promote appreciation of the culture and arts of Puerto Rico, with a special emphasis on its African heritage, through innovative arts and music programing and cultural events for the community. It is named after the 19th century Puerto Rican abolitionist and independence advocate Segundo Ruiz Belvis.
For more information, visit www.srbcc.org