By: Rick Zeigler—
Muncie, Indiana–All-female Mariachi ensemble Flor De Toloache will be returning to Muncie and performing in a FREE outdoor concert as part of the 2018 Muncie Three Trails Music Series. This concert is sponsored by Ball State University and will take place at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 20th at Canan Commons (500 S. Walnut Walnut St.) in the heart of downtown Muncie, IN. Dance troupes Anderson Ballet Folklorico and Indianapolis’ Ballet Folklorico Mosaicos will combine forces and open the show with a variety of traditional Mexican dances.
Flor De Toloache, which translates as “deadly flower” and also refers to a main ingredient in traditional love potions, was founded in 2008 and is lead by singers Mireya Ramos & Shae Fiol. They weave a variety of influences (e.g., salsa, bactata, cumbia, gypsy, Latin jazz, pop, hip-hop, soul) into their unique sound, giving them an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. They perform original songs, new arrangements of classic Mariachi tunes, as well as an eclectic selection of covers that can include songs by artists such as Adele and Erykah Badu. Their mélange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings Mariachi music to new audiences, and their performance at last year’s Muncie Three Trails Music Series brought the house down.
Flor De Toloache’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut album received a 2015 Latin Grammy nomination for “Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album,” and their 2017 release, Las Caras Lindas, captured that award. The group’s live performances have been praised in the pages of Rolling Stone, Billboard, The New Yorker, GQ Magazine, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. They have also toured and played with Black Keys’ guitarist/singer Dan Auerbach’s band, The Arcs. In addition to performances to sold out audiences in the UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, France, they continue to captivate crowds in the U.S. at legendary venues such as First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Vic in Chicago, Terminal 5 in New York, and Nashville’s Ryman Theater (The Grand Ole Opry).
The Muncie Three Trails Music Series is a non-profit partnership between Muncie Downtown Development Partnership, Muncie Arts and Culture Council, and Rick Zeigler, series founder and organizer. The mission of the series is to bring critically acclaimed, national recording artists to perform at Canan Commons, Muncie’s premier outdoor performance venue, located in the heart of Downtown Muncie. A second mission is to promote the many recreational, artistic, and cultural attractions located along, or in close proximity to, Canan Commons and Muncie’s popular “Three Trails” — The White River Greenway, Cardinal Greenway, and Muncie Arts and Culture Trail. We hope attendees will heed our slogan, “Explore the Trails, Enjoy the Music.”
Complete information about the Three Trails series can be found at www.munciethreetrails.com.