May 2: Free concert by Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas

By Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts

Divas-2012-webPULLMAN, Wash. – The multi-Grammy-winning Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea will close out Washington State University’s spring semester with their trademark south-of-the-border flair when they play Beasley Coliseum at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2.

Presented by WSU Performing Arts, Mariachi Divas ( is an all-female, multicultural ensemble. It has its foundation and roots in mariachi, but draws on diverse influences to create music that is traditional and then some.

Free admission is provided by WSU Performing Arts in appreciation for community support. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The Mariachi Divas

Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea and based in southern California, where they perform regularly at Disneyland, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene.

Their Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Album with “Canciones de Amor” in 2009 marked the first nomination and win for an all-female mariachi group in the history of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. They earned their second Grammy Award in 2014 for their ninth album, “A Mi Manera.”

The Divas have received Grammy nominations for four other albums in the last six years, including “15 Aniversario” in 2015, as well as a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Regional Mexican Song for “Ay Mi Mexico,” from the album “Oye.”

With varied backgrounds including Mexico, Cuba, Samoa, Argentina, Switzerland, Japan and the U.S., each Diva brings her own experience and personal approach to the music, adding violin, jazz flute, conga rhythms and ranchera and merengue influences to the mariachi performance.

Free parking will be available within easy walking distance of the performance venue. For details and directions, visit

This concert is presented with support from the WSU Office of Student Affairs and the Hilltop hotel and restaurant.


Gail Siegel, WSU Performing Arts, 509-335-8522,



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