Maria The Mexican

Maria The Mexican

8:30 p.m., August 25, 2017 | Nerman Museum Lawn

Free


Maria the Mexican is Americana Soul and Mexicana Groove delivered in English and Spanish with a host of emotion.


Sisters Tess and Maria Cuevas learned mariachi music from their grandmother Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas, a founder of the renowned all-female Mariachi Estrella of Topeka. The music was a staple of their childhood, and both girls began playing with Mariachi Estrella before they were teenagers.

As they grew older their musical tastes expanded but they remained involved with mariachi. In 2011 – Cinco de Mayo, in fact – the sisters’ collaborative fusion of traditional Mexican music and American influences such as blues, soul, funk and rock ’n’ roll took on an identity all its own: Maria the Mexican.

The band has released two albums, "Moon Colored Jade" in 2013 and “South of the Border Moonlight” in 2016, and is working on a third.

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'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 Universidad 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. 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.