The rich, cultural history of Mexico fills the stage as this bright, colorful festival returns to Chandler. The 20th annual event features GRAMMY Award winner Aida Cuevas with Mariachi Aztlán, along with a dazzling array of folklorico dancers firmly rooted in tradition. Don’t miss the Queen of Mariachi performing the music of the legendary Juan Gabriel.
Aida Cuevas is one of the most important performers in traditional Mexican music. With a 44-year career and 39 album releases to her credit, Cuevas is an esteemed figure in Mexico, beloved for her unswerving devotion to traditional mariachi music and for her mastery of its demanding vocal forms. Cuevas celebrates a long-lasting career with a GRAMMY® award, a Latin GRAMMY® award and seven Latin GRAMMY® nominations in the “Best Mariachi/Ranchero Album” category.
Cuevas became the first female singer in the mariachi genre to win a GRAMMY® when she was honored at the 2018 awards for “Best Regional Mexican Music Album” for her CD Arrieros Somos (Versiones Acústicas). The album is a collection of acoustic versions of Mexican classics by renowned composer Cuco Sánchez. She previously won a Latin GRAMMY® for “Best Tango Album” for her 2010 release De Corazón a Corazón…Mariachi Tango.
Cuevas’ latest release Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II, is the second of five CD installments in which she pays tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter. Gabriel produced two albums for Cuevas, 1983’s Aida Cuevas Canta a Juan Gabriel and 1985’s Exitos. The first volume of Totalmente Juan Gabriel was released in 2013. Cuevas celebrates the life and career of her dearest friend and greatest mentor with a special U.S. tribute tour. She is the only artist authorized by the Juan Gabriel estate to record and tour his music.