Levitt VIBE Music Series: Silvia Manrique with Marcel Bonfim

Silvia Manrique

Saturday, July 6th • FREE CONCERT at Riis Park (2pm-4pm)
6100 W. Fullerton Ave (Behind the Field House)

Silvia may have started singing salsa, but Brazilian music stole the heart of this Chicago-based artist. Singing in jazz combos, she found herself gravitating toward bossa nova standards and immediately began studying Portuguese at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After college, Silvia sang jazz but it wasn’t until meeting other Brazilians and Brazilian music-minded musicians that she began focusing on learning the craft of Brazilian popular music. In 2008, she founded Beaba do Samba, a band that became a permanent fixture on the Chicago world music scene performing at respected venues and festivals like the Old Town School of Folk Music, the Logan Square Arts Festival, the Chicago World Music Festival, the Chicago Latino Film Festival and the Millennium Park Summer Music festival at the beautiful Pritzker Pavilion. Her new EP, Sonho, featuring songs by Rosa Passos and Joyce Moreno, among others, will be released on May 26.

Marcel Bonfim

Born and raised in Brazil, Marcel Bonfim is a culturally diverse and critically acclaimed musician. Between studying Brazilian popular music in his country and earning a Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from DePaul University in Chicago, he combines the best of these two worlds. Marcel’s extensive experience in multiple fields of music, such as Big Band and Symphonic Orchestras, small jazz and Brazilian ensembles, and Musical Theater has helped him to develop a unique sound and musical sensibility. Marcel has played and shared the stage with big names like: Hermeto Pascoal, Marcos Valle, Neal Alger, George Fludas, Helio Delmiro and many others


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.


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