Aida Cuevas sings traditional Mexican songs as only the very best can: with grace, charisma, and fiery passion. Dubbed “The Queen of Mariachi” for her mastery of the form, she has been a star both in her home country and on the world stage for more than four decades. In this highly anticipated season opener, Cuevas and her illustrious band Mariachi Juvenil Tecalitlán pay tribute to the dazzling music of late singer-songwriter Juan Gabriel—Cuevas’s personal mentor and Mexico’s highest-selling recording artist of all time. Backed by special guest musicians on requinto guitar, accordion, percussion, and keyboard, Cuevas—the only artist authorized by Juan Gabriel’s estate to record and tour his music—will perform a selection of his beloved classics.
Known for her stunning vocal range, Cuevas has toured internationally since 1976 and has 39 albums to her credit. In 2018, she became the first female singer in the mariachi genre to win a Grammy. An esteemed figure, she “is to Mexico what Aretha Franklin is to the United States: a powerful voice that encapsulates the essence of her nation’s spirit” (The Kansas City Star).
Date: September 22, 2018
Cost: Refer to website for ticket details
Location: Chan Shun Concert Hall, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC Campus
- Saturday September 22, 2018