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Oct. 24: Chicago’s Mariachi Herencia de México brings festive folk music to JLC

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Oct 19, 2021

A local Grammy-nominated Latin group of young Mexican-American musicians – Mariachi Herencia de México – comes to the Mainstage of the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts (JLC) at College of Lake County (CLC) on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. The festive folk-style of mariachi has roots in cities like Guadalajara and Mexico City. Today, the future of the evolving genre may rest in the hands of this dynamic ensemble.

Mariachi Herencia de México has released four highly acclaimed studio albums with chart-topping debuts on both the Billboard and the iTunes Latin Albums charts, defying a music industry trend and pointing to a revival in recorded mariachi music. The group has also recently released its fourth studio album titled Esencia, Vol. 2. The stunning collection features some 18 musicians on 13 classic tracks with arrangements by one of the most revered and innovative figures in the field, composer and musical director Rigoberto Alfaro.

“It’s a masterpiece,” said Jonathan Clark, a mariachi expert and historian. “This is mariachi music at its most sophisticated and most modernistic. It’s almost the antithesis of folklore, almost futuristic. Maybe 20 or 30 years from now, all groups will sound like this, I don’t know. But it is state-of-the-art."

In 2017, Mariachi Herencia de México scored a Latin Grammy nomination in the “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album” category for the group’s debut album titled Nuestra Herencia. The group’s follow up album, Herencia De La Tierra Mía, was released in 2018 and features guest vocals by two superstars of Mexican music, folkloric/fusion artist Lila Downs and veteran mariachi singer Aida Cuevas.

Mariachi Herencia de México has toured throughout the U.S., Mexico and Canada, performing in some of the most prestigious performing arts centers across the continent, including Washington D.C.’s The Kennedy Center and Guadalajara’s Teatro Degollado. The group has performed alongside major artists like Downs, Cuevas, Los Lobos, Pedro Fernández as well as some of the most respected mariachi groups from both sides of the border, including Mariachi Vargas de Tecatitlán, Los Camperos, Sol de Mexico, Cobre and the all-female group Reyna de Los Angeles, demonstrating that this group of young musicians has the talent, training and bravado to hold their own with the best in the world.

For tickets and information, call the JLC Box Office at (847) 543-2300 or send an email to Print-at-home tickets are no longer available. The JLC Box Office hours are Monday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Leave a message if calling outside Box Office hours. For more information on the show, visit 

The JLC has implemented extra safety precautions to ensure your well-being and comfort. All performers onstage for this performance will be unmasked. Audience and venue support (backstage and front of house) will remain masked inside the venue. Masks are required for everyone at CLC and the JLC. Seating in the Mainstage will have reduced capacity to accommodate social distancing. CLC has enhanced cleaning procedures in the theatre, restroom and common touchpoints. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the JLC lobby.

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