The Washington State Fair has announced a Fiestas Patrias concert on Sept. 18 featuring bands Voz de Mando, Proyecto X and Mariachi Divas. Part of the fair’s 2016 Columbia Bank Concert Series, the concert celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day (Fiestas Patrias) which is Sept. 16.
Latin Grammy-nominated Voz de Mando is based in Los Angeles, and since 2010 have had hit singles such as “Comandos del M.P. (500 Balazos)”, which reached the top 10 of Billboard’s Regional Mexican Songs chart. The band includes brothers Jorge Gaxiola (accordion, vocals) and Miguel Gaxiola (bajosexto, vocals), plus Domingo Bolaños (tuba) and Carlos Sígala (drums).
Proyecto X has been based in Salinas, California, since 2012, and is known for songs “Ignore,” “Mi Angelita mi Diablita,” and “The Beast.” Members include Carlos Zamora (bajo sexton and first voice), Eduardo Batres (tuba), Eliodoro “Lolo” Vallecillo (accordion and vocals), Fabian Rodriguez (second voice and animation), Johnny Espino (battery), and Raul Avalos (representative).
The Mariachi Divas is an all-female mariachi band based in Los Angeles, founded in 1999 by Cindy Shea. In 2009 they were the first all-female mariachi band to win a Grammy award, and have since been nominated five more times, winning twice. Disneyland’s official mariachi band, they have also collaborated with artists Joan Sebastian, Jenni Rivera, Marco Antonia Solis, Pablo Montero, Graciela Beltran, Paulina Rubio and Mariachi Vargas, with numerous TV appearances.
Advance tickets go on sale 10 a.m. April 9, and cost $20 for adults, $10 for children aged 12 and under, and include fair gate admission. Day-of-show prices will be $30 for adults and $15 for children. Call 888-559-FAIR, visit thefair.com or buy at the Washington State Fair box office at Ninth Avenue Southwest and Meridian Street from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays.