Come for some awesome Puerto Rican art, food and music at this fundraiser benefiting Africaribe, a non-for-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of , research, promotion and development of the Puerto Rican and Caribbean cultures through, music, dance, theatre and other artisitic mediums. Then stay to enjoy their Monthly Bombazo that will be kicked off by the B-girls of Dirty Sneakers Crew & AfriCaribe.
For those of you who follow this blog, Africaribe was the organization who helped us with the Afro-Peruvian dance flash mob initiative from last year. They also participated in our Afro-Latino drum circle last January. I had the pleasure to interview Africaribe for CAN TV a few months ago. Here is an excerpt of that tv show:
I hope you can come and support this great organization that supports not only Puerto Rican culture in Chicago, but also cultural initiatives from other countries. Tonight for example, in addition to Bomba, they will have Hip Hop, R&B, Rumba, Salve, Salsa, and Belly Dance!
Art exhibit, and Performances go from 6pm and on and the AfriCaribe Bombazo at 8pm. Family, Community, Musician and Artist Friendly! Come and enjoy what their beautiful community has to offer!
6pm – Art Exhibit
6:00 to 8pm – Performances
8pm – BombazoArtists & Performers:
Between Rags & Dolls
Robert Carani Photography
Fotos by Koko
B-girls of Dirty Sneakers Crew and more……$5.00+ suggested donation
Food, Sweets and Drinks for sale
AfriCaribe Cultural Center – 2547 W. Division – Paseo Boricua
Tonight we have many good world music options to explore in Chicago. These are:
Music Without Borders – Dandana: A Celebration of Muslim Voices featuring Hakim + Alim Qasimov Ensemble
Ensemble Espanol’s Duende Flamenco Music and Dance Concerts,
Colombia Vive Chicago 10th Anniversary and 3rd Annual Fundraiser, and
Las BomPleneras Debut @ Fiestas Patronales Puertorriqueñas Chicago.
Click on the Calendar link on the right column of this page for further information.
Happy world music adventures!
While President Obama is visiting Puerto Rico (who, by the way, is the the first sitting U.S. president to visit Puerto Rico in 50 years), the Puerto Ricans living in Chicago already started their Patron Saint festivities in the Humboldt Park neighborhood today. According to the Puerto Rican Parade Committee, this six-day festival is the largest Latin Music Festival in the Midwest. “Humboldt Park is Chicago’s area’s historic Puerto Rican center and home to the city’s third-largest concentration of Puerto Ricans. About 113,000 Chicago residents claim Puerto Rican descent, second only to New York” reports the Chicago Tribune.
Salsa and Bomba lovers will have the chance to dance to the music of many of the local bands and others such as Herman Olivera (ex-singer of Eddie Palmieri’s Orchestra) and two-time Grammy Award winners Spanish Harlem Orchestra. For a detailed schedule and a list of the musicians performing at this festival, click here. If you want to attend the parade on June 18, go to downtown Chicago at 12 noon, by Columbus Dr. & Balbo Dr. And If you decide to go to Humboldt Park after that, I would recommend going to Coco’s restaurant on 2723 West Division Street and try their Coconut martini. It may be too sweet for some, but for me it is just delicious! Do any of you have any other recommendations for things to do in Humboldt Park?