Mariachi Flor de Toloache with Spfd. H.S. Mariachi Band

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event Time: 
$28.50 ($25 plus $3.50 service charge)

On Wednesday, September 4, the Hult Center for the Performing Arts proudly presents Mariachi Flor de Toloache at the WOW Hall.  The Springfield High School mariachi band, Mariachi Del Sol, will open the show.

Latin Grammy winners Flor de Toloache made New York City history as its first and only all­-woman mariachi group.  Founded in 2008, Flor de Toloache is lead by singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) and founding member Shae Fiol.  Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi, the group started as the trio Harp, Violin and Vihuela.

Today, Flor de Toloache’s members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. This defines their unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music.  They coalesce as would a band of sisters, with a grace and vibrant beauty that casts a spell over their audiences not unlike the legendary toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion.  While working to preserve centuries old traditions of mariachi, their melange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings mariachi music to new audiences.

Over the course of the last few years, Flor de Toloache’s performances have illuminated world-renowned stages in Europe and India. In November 2015, the group embarked on an extensive European and U.S tour as the opening act of Black Keys’ singer Dan Auerbach’s new band, The Arcs.  After performances to sold out audiences in the UK, Germany, Holland, Italy and France, they continued to captivate crowds in the U.S. at legendary venues such as First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Vic in Chicago, Terminal 5 in New York, DC 930 Club and Nashville’s Ryman Theater (The Grand Ole Opry).  For a spring 2016 West Coast Tour they performed both as part of and opening for The Arcs, including dates such as the Coachella Festival.

Flor de Toloache’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut album received a Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” in 2015.  In 2017 their latest album release Las Caras Lindas won the Latin Grammy for Best Ranchero album.  The group’s concerts have been praised by Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, The New Yorker, GQ Magazine and the New York Times.  Following a highly praised NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert”, their collaboration with rock supergroup The Arcs landed them on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and BBC 2’s Later with Jools Holland.

Chulo Records, run by NYC salsa powerhouse Los Hacheros’ leader Jacob Plasse, is the home of the band’s new record Las Caras Lindas and also the connecting bridge between Mariachi Flor de Toloache and The Arcs, with whom Flor De Toloache recorded “Yours, Dreamily” in the fall of 2015.  

Recently released collaborations and featured appearances of Flor de Toloache include Chicano Batman’s new album Freedom is Free, No Te Va Gustar ‘s new album Suenan Las Alarmas, the band’s special arrangement of “That’s What I Want for Christmas” on Paul McCartney’s production Holiday Rules Vol. 2 (which also features The Roots, Norah Jones and The Decemberists) and Luba Mason ’s new record Mixtura – produced by Jimmy Haslip and Luba Mason. More releases include three collaborations with Fania Records recorded and filmed live for the legendary label.

Flor de Toloache is currently working on a new record for labeloneRPM, the first single for which was released on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, 2019.  The song was produced by Camilo Lara, the genius behind Pixar’s Coco music content. Grammy winners Abelardo Rivera and Rafa Sardinia mixed and The Bakery’s Grammy winner Eric Boulanger mastered the song.  The band’s new album is scheduled for release this spring.

Opening the show is the Springfield High School mariachi band, Mariachi Del Sol.

Tickets are $25 in advance plus a $3.50 service charge and are available through the Hult Center box office.