Smithsonian Traveling Exhibit Explores Influence of Latinos in Music

Lawndale News Chicago's Bilingual Newspaper - Local News Latino musicians have had a profound influence on traditional genres of music in the United States, including jazz, rhythm and blues, rock ’n’ roll and hip-hop. American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, presents the musical contributions of U.S. Latinos from the 1940s to the present, exploring the social history and individual creativity that produced stars like Tito Puente, Ritchie Valens, Celia Cruz, and Carlos Santana.

Hosted by the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (PRAA), American Sabor will be on view at the PRAA/U.S. Bank Exhibit Hall in the Logan Square community August 4 through October 7. The Exhibit Hall is located at 2958 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square, across the street from PRAA’s new cultural space at a renovated firehouse. Admission is free and gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m. (closed on Mondays). For group and school tours of the exhibit, please call PRAA at 773-342-8865. The exhibition is complemented by an interactive website,

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