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RAMON AYALA
GCA FY19
RAMON AYALA
"El Rey del Acordeon”—The Accordion King—is returning to the Gallo Center for the fourth time, a record he shares with only two other musical artists since the Center opened more than 10 years ago (Dave Koz and Jeffrey Siegel). And of course he should be coming back! Ramón Ayala always sells out, always delivers a rousing good time, always gives his diehard fans the experience they crave! Since 1971, Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos Del Norte has virtually defined much of modern norteño music with his distinctive accordion playing and lyrics, winning a lot of Grammy Awards along the way. He’s an icon, pure and simple.
Sun 8/19/18 4:00PM Mary Stuart Rogers Theater


CAFE TACVBA
GCA FY19
CAFE TACVBA
Café Tacvba is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band. Blending rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk music, they’ve enjoyed a career spanning over 27 years. These multi-Grammy Award winners continue to expand an already massive audience of devoted fans worldwide. Café Tacvba’s album Re was named the “Number One Latin Rock Album of All Time” by Rolling Stone in 2013. Support act: The Marias.
Sat 9/1/18 8:00PM Mary Stuart Rogers Theater


AIDA CUEVA
GCA FY19
AIDA CUEVA
The “Queen of Ranchera Music,” Aida Cuevas, presents a mariachi spectacle paying tribute to her dearest friend and greatest mentor, Juan Gabriel. Performing her legendary friend’s biggest hits off of her new album Totalmente Juan Gabriel, Cuevas exhibits her stunning vocals on “Te Lo Pido Por Favor,” “Te Sigo Amando,” “La Diferencia,” among others. The concert features Cuevas’ Mexico City-based mariachi band, Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán, with special guest musicians on the requinto guitar, accordion, percussion and keys. Earlier this year Cuevas became the first female singer in the traditional mariachi genre to win a Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Music Album, Arrieros Somos (Versiones Acústicos)!
Fri 10/5/18 7:30PM Mary Stuart Rogers Theater


RAMANA VIEIRA
GCA FY19
RAMANA VIEIRA

Ramana Vieira and Ensemble will present the rapturous rhythms and the passionate stirrings of fado, the folk music of Portugal.  (Fado, which literally means fate or destiny, is the most widely recognized genre of Portuguese music, dating back to early 19th century Lisboa.)  The program also is infused with originals, jazz, and American standards.  Vieira and her group captivate audiences with innovative instrumentation, multi-faceted creative layers, and soaring vocals. 

Ramana Vieira Biography

Ramana Vieira’s parents settled in the United States, hailing from the Madeira Island of Portugal.  Vieira was born in Northern California where she blossomed in a rich cultural mix that celebrated both her Portuguese and diverse American heritages. Simultaneously, she loved Broadway and American jazz, but also the traditional music of Portugal; she was particularly enamored with the Fado of Amália Rodrigues. This passion drove her to study music at the esteemed American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) of San Francisco, and then back to her roots and heritage in Portugal.

Today, Ramana’s repertoire captures traditional Fado and influences from the Portuguese diaspora in a musical tapestry that ranges from whispering, haunting, ballads; to jazzy blues. A proficient pianist and gifted songwriter, Vieira composes original Fados, several of which have been nominated at the international Portuguese music awards.  Vieira has been described by The New York Times as an American at the forefront of the Fado resurgence. The San Francisco Examiner calls her “the Rising Star in World Music." Her authentic and individual style, brilliant musicality, and colorful heritage appeals to a wide audience.  Vieira pays tribute to time-treasured Fado classics of Amália Rodrigues and also includes other Portuguese folk music, jazz, blues, and original compositions.

Sat 10/13/18 7:00PM Foster Family Theater


BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO
GCA FY19
BALLET FOLKLORICO DE MEXICO
Ballet Folklórico de México is returning to the United States in 2018 for an extended multi-city tour featuring renewed performances of the company’s classic choreography. Founded in 1952 by dancer and choreographer Amalia Hernández, Ballet Folklórico brings together the music, dance and costume of Mexican folklore from pre-Colombian civilizations through the modern era. With its permanent home at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, one of Mexico City’s most historic venues, the company has developed choreography for 40 ballets, composed of 76 folk dancers who have performed extensively across Mexico and abroad.
Fri 10/26/18 7:00PM Mary Stuart Rogers Theater


MARIACHI REYNA/VILLALOBOS BROS
GCA FY19
MARIACHI REYNA/VILLALOBOS BROS
What a double bill this is! The Villalobos Brothers (Ernesto, Alberto and Luis) use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music with a masterful blend of jazz, rock, classical and Mexican folk elements. Their six-piece band will open for the first all-female mariachi group in the United States, the thrilling Mariachi Las Reyna de Los Angeles! Created by the Mariachi Maestro himself, Jose Hernandez, Mariachi Las Reyna is making history as a full complement of musical performers in a genre where the songs are often by, and about, men.
Sun 1/27/19 4:00PM Mary Stuart Rogers Theater


MARIACHI HERENCIA DE MEXICO
GCA FY19
MARIACHI HERENCIA DE MEXICO
Mariachi Herencia de México is an ensemble of students age 11 to 18 from Chicago’s immigrant barrios. The program, part of the regular school curriculum, was created for students who showed the most mariachi talent and promise, and enrollment for the group was opened citywide. Their debut CD, Nuestra Herencia, was ranked #2 in its first week on iTunes’ Latin chart, and went on to score a 2017 Grammy nomination for “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” Category. The album includes vocal contributions from Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Los Camperos, Sol de México, and Reyna de Los Ángeles!
Tue 3/19/19 7:00PM Mary Stuart Rogers Theater