DOWNEY - The Mariachi Divas, an annual favorite at Downey's Concerts in the Park, return to Furman Park this Wednesday with a 7 p.m. performance.Founded and directed by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, the all-female Mariachi Divas are making big waves on the national scene, as reflected by their 2009 Grammy Award for Regional Mexican Album of the Year for their latest CD, "Canciones De Amor." The group is represented by a multi-cultural blend of women with Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Columbian, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Swiss, Japanese, Honduran, Peruvian, Tongan and Anglo descent. The Divas have appeared at several Southern California venues, including appearances at the Staples Center, Honda Center, Universal Amphitheater, Greek Theater and the House of Blues. They have also appeared at numerous festivals, fairs and city concert series. The group has made several television appearances and has taken roles as actors in two independent films, and even had their songs featured on Hallmark Christmas cards. The Divas have performed for various elected officials, including California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the president of Mexico and South Korea. The Mariachi Divas are currently working on their next CD, titled "10th Anniversario," to be released later this year. Four of the Divas' CDs have been distributed nationwide through Shea Records and East Side Records. Wednesday's concert begins at 7 p.m. at Furman Park. The concert is free and residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. The Downey Rose Float Association will be selling food and drinks.
********** Published: July 17, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 13