2018 Uptown Saturday Nights: Salsa in the Park June 2nd

UPTOWN SATURDAY NIGHTS returns for its fourth season of FREE entertainment! This year’s season opener will be held on Saturday, June 2 at Buttercup Park (6-9pm)! To celebrate the arrival of warmer weather, we are thrilled to host Afinca’o and the Dance Academy of Salsa. Come for the dancing and FREE instructional lessons, or simply sit back and enjoy the music!

Afinca’o is an emerging group of passionate and experienced musicians from the Chicagoland area. Though diverse in their musical repertoire, Afinca’o is most noted for their Salsa, Cha-Cha, Latin Jazz, and even some Merengue performances. Adding to the group’s appeal, each of the members have played with world-renowned Latin recording artists, including Gilberto Santa Rosa, Luis Enrique, Victor Manuelle, N’Klabe, Frankie Negron, Eddie Santiago, and many more, all of which help cement the group’s reputable experience. Afinca’o performs for all types of venues and events, so long as they are able to share their spirit and passion for music with all those willing to listen…and dance!


Now in its fourth season, Uptown Saturday Nights (USN) is a series of four free, high profile outdoor performances in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. Conceived by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), USN celebrates and renews awareness of Uptown as Chicago’s Original Entertainment District. In 2018, Uptown Saturday Nights will integrate its programming with the Year of Creative Youth in Chicago.

Dates: Series comprised of five performances—one Saturday evening in May, June, August, September. The July event is in coordination with Windy City RibFest.
Estimated Attendance: 3,000 total
Estimated Marketing Reach: 3 million +

Above-Line Presenting Sponsor: $10,000
• Suggested verbiage “SEASON SPONSOR presents Uptown Saturday Nights”—integrated into brand!
• Sponsor name/logo above-line on all printed and digital marketing for entire USN season*
• Feature in kick-off USN newsletter promotions (15,000+ reach)
• Dedicated social media mention for USN season launch and for each event
• Table at each event of the USN season (four events total)
• All four (4) headliners contracted to acknowledge season sponsor in their promotional outreach
• Stage mentions by event emcees throughout USN season

Season Sponsor: $5,000
• Sponsor name/logo above-line on all printed promotional items / digital marketing for entire USN season*
• Feature in kick-off USN newsletter promotions (15,000+ reach)
• Dedicated social media mention for USN season launch
• Table at each event of the USN season (4 events total)
• All four (4) headliners contracted to acknowledge season sponsor in their promotional outreach
• Stage mentions by event emcees throughout USN season

Event Sponsor (4 available): $2,500
• Sponsor name/logo on all promotional materials for single sponsored event*
• Feature in USN newsletter promotion for month of sponsorship
• Dedicated social media mention for month of sponsorship
• Table at single, sponsored event
• Stage mention by event emcee

*Items contingent on providing Uptown United with required materials by upholding print deadlines.
Sponsorship for this event is tax-deductible, Uptown United is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

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Past Shows Included:

• Neo-Futurists at Alternatives Inc.
• ESSO Afrojam Funkbeat at the Uptown Lounge, part of the World Music Festival
• Alyssa Allgood at the Charlie Chaplin Theater, part of the Chicago Jazz Festival
• SummerDance 20th Anniversary Celebration at Buttercup Park
• Chicago Blues All-Stars at the Black Ensemble Theater, part of the Chicago Blues Festival
• Pat Whalen at Truman College
• JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound at the Preston Bradley Center

Sponsor the Events:

Advertise your business or service to hundreds of Uptown residents and visitors at each event in Uptown’s Entertainment District.

Contact Martin Sorge with any questions
(773) 878-1184 | martin@exploreuptown.org

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