Bio: Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, under the musical direction of Grammy® Award- winning Alberto "Beto" Jimenez Maeda, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. A two-time Grammy® Award winner, with five Grammy® nominations and two Latin Grammy® nominations, the Mariachi Divas are a multicultural all-female ensemble imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles. In addition, the Mariachi Divas have been performing regularly at Disneyland Resort since 2003. All together, the Divas discography includes 10 albums released through Shea Records and East Side Records. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of the Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea. Their music can be found on iTunes.
Number of Musicians: 8-15 Instrumentation: Vocals, trumpets, flutes, violins, acoustic guitars, guitarrón, vihuela, congas and other various percussions
Bio: This group of individual mariachi musicians is truly an all-star mariachi made up of the best around the world. Many of Mariachi Espectacular’s members also produce, compose, arrange and record. Grammy Award-winning producer Beto Jimenez's idea when forming the group was to bring the highest level of mariachi talent together. They have recorded one CD entitled "Pura Tradicion." This is an all-male group, but able to add in a female vocalist/musician to the ensemble upon request.
Number of Musicians: 8-15 Instrumentation: Trumpets, harp, acoustic guitars, violins, guitarrón and vihuela
Bio: Listening to Maria Del Pilar is like hearing the soundtrack of a quinceañera for a Riot Grrrl. It is best described as melodic, sweet and tough as nails. As former lead singer of Los Abandoned, she was the voice of the bilingual youth movement in the United States during the early millennium. Now, she has taken her sound to a more personal level via her prolific ability to spin out intimate pop songs that rock using her beloved ukulele as a wonderfully added bonus. Her writing and singing style is due to the seamless duality of her identity as a Chilean-born California-raised female. Her music has appeared on TV shows including Parenthood (NBC), The Fosters (ABC Family), The Lottery (Lifetime) and Castle (ABC) as well as two national Chevrolet commercials.
Number of Musicians: 2-4 Instrumentation: Vocals, ukulele, electric guitar, bass guitar, laptop computer, drum kit and percussions
Bio: Marisa Ronstadt & The Know-It-Alls’ latest album, “Blueberry Moon,” reflects her love of classic R&B/soul, with an indie-pop flair that keeps the music fresh. Marisa’s songwriting skills vary linguistically and stylistically, as evidenced by her song “Cansada,” written in Spanish, about heartbreak and letting go. From the smooth, sweet vocals on the title track, to the Motown-inspired, feel-good song “Save Me,” it is the album that begs listeners to take notice of the next R&B/soul sound generation.
Number of Musicians: 2-6 Instrumentation: Vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, drum kit and percussions
Bio: Maggie McClure is a singer, songwriter and pianist whose music can be compared to that of Sarah McLachlan, Norah Jones and Carole King. She performs in many different configurations depending on the needs of the venue/event and budget as a solo performer, part of a duo, trio, or full band. Maggie and her band members range in age from 25-35. They have toured the United States together and performed for audiences of various ages and sizes. Maggie mostly performs original material along with a few cover songs in the pop/rock genre. She is available to perform up to three 45 minute sets.
Number of Musicians: 1-6 Instrumentation: Vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass and drum kit
Bio: Michael Haggins Group combines jazz and R&B to generate a smooth funk sound. The group plays original music and cover tunes of songs by Stevie Wonder, Anita Baker, Sade and R&B classics from the '70s and '80s. The group has performed at the Playboy Jazz Festival, the legendary Spaghettini Grill & Jazz Club in Seal Beach, and many other Southern California events and festivals, such as those presented by 94.7 The Wave and KJLH radio station. Michael is a successful contemporary bass player and songwriter from Pasadena with major music placements of his original songs. Credits include the movie soundtracks for Hall Pass and The First Time, as well as NBC’s Community, ABC’s Happy Endings, FOX’s Raising Hope and New Girl, HBO’s Ray Donovan, MSNBC's Morning Show Wake Up With AL,The Weather Channel and KTLA-TV Morning News Show.
Number of Musicians: 2-7 Instrumentation: Bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, saxophone, drum kit and, upon request, vocals
Bio: The Milky Way is an Afrofuturist/steamfunk band with a sound of its own and explosive live performances. Members include Sum, Sir Ian Dangerous, Sno Leopard (a two-woman performance duo), DJ Jawa, Mat Mega and Taurus Hamilton. While they are mostly rooted in hip-hop, the Milky Way pays homage to many sounds including funk, electronic, soul, ska, Afrobeat, classic rock and punk.
Number of Musicians: 7-9 Instrumentation: Electric guitar, keyboard, turntables and mixer, bass machine, drum machine, and voice synthesizer
Bio: Minyo Station blends Japanese traditional music, minyo, with contemporary styles of Western music. This brilliant fusion captures one’s attention and invites everyone to experience moments of enchantment.
Number of Musicians: 5-10 Instrumentation: Vocals, shamisen (3 string Japanese banjo), guitars, bass, keyboards, drums and taiko drums
Bio: MôForró plays accordion-driven, hip-swiveling dance music in the traditional pé de serra style of Brazilian forró, featuring accordion, guitar, fiddle, flute, zabumba (Brazilian drum), triangle, voice and percussion. Since forming in late 2012, MôForró—along with the Forró in L.A. collective—has been integral to the growing popularity of forró as a dance genre throughout Southern California.
MôForró has played in major cities throughout the US including San Francisco, Chicago, Miami and New York and can be seen regularly at Trópico de Nopal Gallery and Art Space in Echo Park.
Number of Musicians: 5-11 Instrumentation: Accordion, 7-string guitar, violin, flute, bass, zabumba, percussion and vocals
Bio: MTG 360ᵒ is a music and dance collaborative that presents original and improvised jazz compositions set to modern contemporary dance and spoken word. Their most recent production, “Prime Spirit,” signifies the creative and spiritual forces behind artistic expression. This production is also homage to the ancestors that have preceded and guided us in addition to past and contemporary artists who continue enhancing our lives.
Number of Musicians: 9 Instrumentation: Modern contemporary dancers, vocalists, spoken word, pianist/keyboardist, acoustic/electric bassist, saxophonist-woodwinds (Tenor/Soprano/Flute), drums, and percussion instruments
Bio: While hailed as “one of the best local bluegrass bands in LA” by CBS Los Angeles, Murphy’s Flaw’s musical explorations actually extend across the panoply of American roots music: folk, country, rockabilly, jazz, pop and western swing.
The group’s repertoire features classic bluegrass tunes pioneered by bands of the ’40s and ’50s, such as Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, to name a few; the ’50s rockabilly tunes of Elvis Pressley and the Everly Brothers; and bluegrass-arranged versions of ’60s favorites and contemporary groups including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, Old Crow Medicine Show and Darius Rucker.
Number of Musicians: 3-6 Instrumentation: Vocals, banjo, dobro, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass and lap steel guitar