University Park, IL,
11:56 AM

GSU’s Center for Performing Arts Turns up the Heat with Chévere de Chicago

(University Park, IL)– On November 21 at 8 p.m., the Center for Performing Arts will be ‘en fuego’ when composer, virtuoso pianist and master harmonica player, Howard Levy, his long-time comrades in the Latin/jazz/funk/blues band, Chévere de Chicago for a night filled with Latin inspiration. The band will also welcome special guest Gammy-nominated Trumpeter, Victor Garcia (of CALJE, Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble).

What does Chévere (SHEH-ver-ay) mean? It’s an expression that means everything’s OK. Everything’s fine, awesome, the best…Everything’s cool. And so they are.

Chévere de Chicago is one of Chicago’s hottest bands. As Chicago’s leading Latin/Jazz/Funk/Blues Band, Chévere mixes Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Jazz, Blues, and just about everything else together into an exciting and unique collage of sound. Characterized by high voltage percussion and compelling original compositions, Chévere has performed in and around Chicago and the Midwest for more than 30 years.

Band members include Alejo Poveda (Drums, percussion & leader), Howard Levy (Piano, harmonica, & music director), Ruben Alvarez (Timbales, percussion, drums & vocal), Chris “Chicago Hambone” Cameron (Hammond B-3

Organ, Fender Rhodes, Moog & keyboards), Ernie Denov (Guitar), Steve Eisen (Saxes, flute, & percussion), Eric Hochberg (Bass & vocal), Joe Rendon (Congas, percussion & vocal)

What the Critics Say

“Remarkably aggressive!” “Chevere represents an alluring variation on the fundamentals of latin jazz…like no other ensemble.” ~ Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

“Chevere has been among the most explosively exciting bands in the Midwest…” “Don’t worry about finding a seat; even if you do, Chevere won’t let you sit still anyway.” ~ Neil Tesser, Chicago Reader

For Tickets and Information

Tickets are just $28.Online: CenterTickets.netBy Phone: 708.235.2222In Person at the Box Office: 1 University Parkway, University Park, ILBox Office Hours: Monday- Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open to 6p.m. on Thursdays) & 2 hours prior to all performances

Groups of 10 or more, students, seniors and patrons who purchase a flex package of four or more shows are eligible for discounts.

The Center for Performing Arts is honored to be supported by generous foundations, agencies, sponsors and individual supporters. This performance is part of the Made in Chicago Series, which is supported by The Chicago Community Trust and sponsored in part by First Midwest Bank. A portion of GSU’s arts programming is made possible by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. If you would like to donate to the Center for Performing Arts please visit for details.

Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park, IL 60484. Conveniently located off of I57 (Sauk Trail exit), the Center for Performing Arts is easily accessible from all neighboring south suburban communities. Parking is free. For best GPS directions always use the location search term “Governors State University” only.