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May Day Concert and Party

Monday, May 01, 2017

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Event starts at 7:00 p.m. 
$20 in advance $20 at the door Price at the door:  $20.00

Rebel Diaz

The Alhambra Palace Restaurant
1240 West Randolph Chicago, IL 60613
Click here for location info


HotHouse and Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (SRBCC) are co-presenting the spring residency of the legendary Cuban group, Septeto Nacional. The presenters are organizing three events in Chicago on May 1 and 2 in conjunction with the Immigrants’ Rights March and the annual celebration of May Day.

On Monday May 1, immediately following the Immigrant Rights/MAY DAY March organizers will present Septeto Nacional at the Alhambra Palace Restaurant. The Alhambra, located at 1241 W. Randolph is conveniently located on the March route and was also the site of Septeto Nacional’s 2009 Chicago debut.

The Concert with Septeto Nacional will start at 7pm. Doors to the Alhambra open at 6pm. Food and Drink are available. Tickets are $20 and available in advance through the HotHouse website www.hothouse.net The Alhambra is wheelchair accessible.

On May 2, Septeto Nacional will be in residence at SRBCC for a day- time master class/ workshop and evening concert. These family friendly shows are part of SRBCC’s Las Caras Lindas, an Afro-Latin music series funded by the Chicago Community Trust.

HotHouse and SRBCC have a long history of working together stemming from their days in Wicker Park.  Both organizations are rooted in celebrating arts and culture from throughout the African diaspora. Currently HotHouse is midway through the Chicago-Guantanamo Blues Exchange – a project funded in part by the US State Departments new Embassy in Havana. This project explores cultural practices in Afro-Caribbean communities including Guantanamo and HotHouse’s presentation of Septeto Nacional concert is part of this year-long project. HotHouse is one of the nation’s premier presenters of Cuban music and has organized concerts with most of the island’s major artists including Los Van Van,

Orchestra Aragon and Irekere. The May 1st concert is supported in part by a grant to HotHouse by the Reva and David Logan Foundation.  


BASIC INFORMATION – Calendar listings (World Music, International, and Latin)

Event 1: May Day Concert and Party Date May 1, 2017 6pm Doors, 7pm

Alhambra Palace Restaurant 1241 W. Randolph

Tickets: $20 available: www.hothouse.net

More information: hothouse3.0@gmail.com Phone: 312 752-5316

Event 2:  Family-friendly event and workshop

Date: May 2, 2017 | Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Address: 4048 W. Armitage Ave. , Chicago, IL

Phone: (773) 698-6004. Workshop: 5:00 pm. Show: 7:00 pm.

RSVP required at: https://septetonacionaldecuba.eventbrite.com

More information: info@srbcc.org | www.srbcc.org



At the end of the 19th Century in the sugar cane and coffee plantations of the Cuban 'Oriente' region, two different music styles began to combine: the rhythms of Africa and the songs of Spanish heritage. The result was a new music: the Son Oriental whose popularity, in the beginning, was limited to the rural areas of its origin. Officially, it was classified as frivolous and indecent. However, its fame spread quickly to the urban neighborhoods of the main cities in the region.

At that time Son was played by small combos composed of three to five musicians. Among the first groups to achieve fame were the Cuarteto Oriental and some years later the famous Trio Matamoros.

At the beginning of the twenties Havana experienced a major influx of orientales (people from 'Oriente') and due to their cultural influence Son became more and more accepted in the Capital. The 'Habaneros' (people from Havana) fell in love with the new rhythm and immediately put their peculiar stamp on it, speeding up the tempo, and playing it with six musicians.

During that period new groups such as the Sexteto Bolona and the Sexteto Occidental were formed and others, like the Cuarteto Oriental becoming the Sexteto Habanero, adapted to the new conditions. A young musician named Ignacio Piñeiro still was not satisfied by the existing sound of the Son groups. This sound was mainly based on vocals percussion and strings. Thus in 1927 he created his own group: the 'Septeto Nacional' adding, for the first time in the history of Son, a trumpet as lead instrument.

This completely changed the sound and Son quickly became the most celebrated music in Cuba. Not long after, it also became well known outside the country. When in 1928 Son and Septeto Nacional were the sensation of the World Exposition in Sevilla. Son was here to stay and became the basis for many other music styles. like Mambo and Salsa.

The group disbanded in 1937 but resumed playing for a recording session in 1940 and a television appearance in 1954. After the Cuban revolution of 1959, the group played again and is still playing. Today, after more than seventy years of success, the "Septeto Nacional" is still alive and kicking. Its CD Poetas del Son was nominated for a grammy in 2004. Young gifted talents continue the tradition. In this program the musicians will include: Ricardo Roberto Oropesa Fernández , Eugenio Rodríguez Rodríguez Cantante , Francisco David Oropesa Fernández , Enrique Abdón Collazo Collazo ,  Raúl Acea Rivera , Dagoberto Sacerio Oliva , Crispín Díaz Hernández, and  Agustín Someillán García .



After first performing at an immigrant rights march in New York City in 2006 in front of a half million people, the bilingual crew has taken the international community by storm with their explosive live shows. With influences ranging from Chicago house to South American folk, Rebel Diaz combines classic boom bap tradition with Hip-Hop’s global impact. The group’s versatility has allowed for them to share the stage with the likes of Common, Mos Def, and Public Enemy, while feeling right at home with acts like Rage Against the Machine and Calle 13. Multiple tours throughout Europe and Latin America have only solidified their international appeal.

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