Lovingly dubbed “The Queen of Mariachi,” GRAMMY® winning artist Aída Cuevas performs in San Antonio for the first time on Sunday, October 14 at the H-E-B Performance Hall at 7:00 p.m.
Aída Cuevas has created one of the most important careers in traditional Mexican music. With a 42-year career and 39 album releases to her credit, Cuevas, dubbed “The Queen of Mariachi”, is an esteemed figure in Mexico, beloved for her unswerving devotion to traditional mariachi music and for her mastery of its demanding vocal forms. Cuevas celebrates a long-lasting career with a GRAMMY® award, a Latin GRAMMY® award and seven Latin GRAMMY® nominations in the “Best Mariachi/Ranchero Album” category.
Cuevas became the first female singer in the mariachi genre to win a GRAMMY® when she was honored at the 2018 awards for “Best Regional Mexican Music Album” for her CD Arrieros Somos (Versiones Acústicas). The album is a collection of acoustic versions of Mexican classics by renowned composer Cuco Sánchez. She previously won a Latin GRAMMY® for “Best Tango Album” for her 2010 release De Corazón a Corazón…Mariachi Tango.
Cuevas’ latest release, Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II, is the second of five CD installments in which she pays tribute to the legendary singer and songwriter. Juan Gabriel produced two albums for Cuevas, 1983’s Aída Cuevas Canta a Juan Gabriel and 1985’s Exitos. The first volume of Totalmente Juan Gabriel was released in 2013. Cuevas celebrates the life and career of her dearest friend and greatest mentor with a special U.S. tribute tour. She is the only artist authorized by the Juan Gabriel estate to record and tour his music.
Cuevas is a master of the mariachi art song, performing a full range of mariachi numbers, including the falsetto heavyweight “El Pastor,” the iconic Juan Gabriel hits “Te Doy Las Gracias,” “Te Vas a Quedar Con Las Ganas” and “Quizás Mañana,” as well as new songs from Totalmente Juan Gabriel Vol. II, including “Gracias Por Todo,” “Cada Vez” and “Buscando el Séptimo Amor.” Cuevas also performs many ranchero classics such as “Traición a Juan,” and the José Alfredo Jiménez compositions “Me Equivoqué Contigo” and “No Me Amenaces.” Her unique voice and style have allowed her to cultivate a successful career spanning decades, leaving a remarkable imprint in the history of Mexican music.
Tickets to the show range from $26.50-$89.50 and can be purchased here.