Maria The Mexican

Maria The Mexican Cancelled

8:30 p.m., September 16, 2016 | Nerman Museum Lawn


We regret to announce that the Friday, September 16, 2016 Maria the Mexican concert has been cancelled due to weather.

Influenced by traditional Mariachi music, Maria The Mexican is a hybrid of Mexican folklore and rock.

For 10 years, Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas performed with Mariachi Estrella founded by their grandmother Teresa Cuevas in 1970. As one of the first all-female mariachi bands in the country, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas is a pioneer in the Hispanic musical community. Her band flourished in the 80s but was struck by tragedy when four of the seven members were killed in the Hyatt Skywalk collapse in 1981. Once Teresa recovered she began teaching her grandchildren Mariachi music.

In 2000, Teresa and Maria began exploring other genres of music while simultaneously co-directing Mariachi Estrella. Today the fusion of Maria The Mexican is mixed with a touch of blues, soul, funk and rock 'n' roll. With a southwestern flare and melancholy motifs, Maria The Mexican rocks it out in Spanish and English with a host of emotion.

About Maria the Mexican

Maria the Mexican began May 5, 2011 in Chicago. Maria the Mexican is a mezcla of traditional Mariachi roots and contemporary blues-rock delivered in English and Spanish. It is a true hybrid of Mexican folklore and rock 'n' roll. Their debut album, "Moon Colored Jade," dropped in October of 2013.

Maria Cuevas – vocals/guitar

Maria is a classically trained guitarist, pianist and vocalist. She began her career as a musician at the age of 11 playing the guitar and vihuela while singing in her grandmother's mariachi band Mariachi Estrella. Maria is the granddaughter of celebrated Mariachi pioneer Teresa Cuevas. Maria's passion, commitment and skills have placed her among the country's leading up-and-coming Latina performing artists. Don't let her blonde locks fool you, while Maria is half Irish, her Latin roots run strong. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's degree in communication studies and a minor in Latin American studies. Maria's undergraduate years included Spanish language studies at the University Internacional Menéndez Pelayo in Barcelona, Spain and the University of Guadalajara at Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Maria has also served as an ESL instructor.

Tess Cuevas – vocals/violin

Named after her grandmother, Teresa (Tess) Cuevas is the brunette beauty behind Maria the Mexican. Her soulful violin riffs and seductive voice ring out with emotion on the album. Tess is a classically trained violinist and vocalist. She also began her career as a musician at the age of 11 playing the violin and singing in her grandmother's mariachi band Mariachi Estrella. Today the traditional mariachi tones still ring out in the Americana/Mexicana mezcla of Maria the Mexican, and Teresa's Mexican roots emanate while performing. Tess graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor's in communication studies with a minor in Latin American studies. Following the completion of her degree she traveled to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where she lived for six months to practice Spanish. Following a three-year stay in Chicago, she relocated to Kansas City to form Maria the Mexican.