Archive ID: 1981-120-41

Lupe Vera’s Orchestra

Date Created: undated

Donor: Justino and Caroline Cordero

Media Type: Photograph


Lupe Vera’s Orchestra was a well-known musical group within the Mexican-American community in South Chicago. In general, Southeast Chicago had a lively musical and cultural scene as various immigrant groups looked to ethnic musical bands to maintain cultural connections and to play at church events, weddings, dances, neighborhood festivals, and other gatherings. Southeast Chicago’s music scene has historically included polka, tamburitza, mariachi, rap, gospel, heavy metal, and other groups. This image from the 1930s was donated by Justino and Caroline Cordero whose son Tino is playing the piano.

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Community Life   Immigrant Experiences   Other   Other/Unknown   South Chicago   Mexican-American   Photograph   Bands   Children   Drums   Guitars   Instruments   Music   Musicians   Orchestras   Pianos   Saxophones   Trombones   Trumpets   Tubas  

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