Levitt VIBE Music Series: ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat

ESSO Afrofunkbeat - Part of the Levitt VIBE Belmont Cragin Music Series at Riis Park.

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Saturday, July 6th • FREE CONCERT at Riis Park (2pm-4pm)

6100 W. Fullerton Ave (Behind the Field House)

ESSO is the bilingual dance band project of Chicago-born songwriter and producer Armando Pérez. He curated an inner-city big band of rotating members unsealing a kaleidoscopic sound propelling them to perform for multicultural concerts and festivals alongside Grammy winning artists. The Chicago based band effortlessly merges Chicano and Boricua roots music with modern dance into a rhythmic sancocho filling club floors and providing ample evidence of Chicago’s presence as a hotbed of diverse new music in the States. 

ESSO - One one the bands performing in the Levitt VIBE Music Series produced by the ILCC at Riis Park in Belmont Cragin


The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago is a pan-Latino, nonprofit, multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to developing, promoting, and increasing awareness of Latino cultures among Latinos and other communities by presenting a wide variety of art forms and education including film, music, dance, visual arts, comedy, theater and culinary arts. The Center prides itself for its outstanding multidisciplinary local and international cultural programming which spans Latin America, Spain, Portugal, and the United States. 

Born out of the Chicago Latino Film Festival, The International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago also produces other programs, including the Chicago Latino Music Series, which is celebrating its 18th edition this year; Film in the Parks, also in its 18th season; the monthly Reel Film Club, already in its 16th year; and many others. 

All in all, the audience has grown from 500 people in 1985 for the first Chicago Latino Film Festival to more than 70,000 (Latinos and non-Latinos) who enjoy the year-round multidisciplinary cross-cultural exchanges offered by the Center.


The Levitt Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building community through music. They partner with communities to activate underused outdoor spaces, creating welcoming, inclusive destinations where the power of free, live music brings people together and invigorates community life.

By providing free outdoor concerts and revitalizing public spaces, the Foundation seeks to create inclusive, vibrant communities where people of all backgrounds can come together to enjoy live music and cultural experiences. For more information, visit www.levitt.org.


The Chicago Park District has served Chicago residents for more than 85 years. It is a Gold Medal Award-winning organization, which recognizes excellence in park and recreation management across the nation. For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,800 acres of parkland, more than 600 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 12 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, over 75 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertainment.

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No tickets needed! Come out to Riis Park on Saturday to enjoy an amazing performance by ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat! Bring the fam and enjoy your summer afternoon with great rhythms and vibes provided by the Levitt VIBE Belmont Cragin Music Series and the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago.

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