Austin City Limits is happy to announce a brand new taping for late summer as part of our Season 49, featuring the extraordinary Latin Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated all-female Flor de Toloache on August 29.
Under the dynamic leadership of Shae Fiol and Mireya Ramos, Flor de Toloache seamlessly combines tradition and innovation, breaking boundaries with their edgy, versatile, and fresh perspective on classic Latin American music. Much like the enchanting effects of the toloache flower in traditional Mexican love potions, the talented New York ensemble casts a spell over its audiences with stunning live performances showcasing striking vocals, musical virtuosity and enthralling stage presence. Boasting members from a myriad of ethnic and musical backgrounds, the ensemble continually pushes the boundaries, defying cultural and gender norms. NPR raves, “Flor de Toloache stuns at the crossroads of fusion and mariachi girl magic.” 2017 was a milestone year for the trailblazing group, as they clinched the Latin Grammy Award for Best Ranchero/Mariachi Album, marking their place in history as the first all-female act to receive this accolade. Their 2019 third studio album, which featured collaborations with esteemed artists including John Legend, Miguel and Alex Cuba, further elevated their reputation, earning them a 2020 Grammy nomination. Flor de Toloache’s musical journey has taken them across continents, with memorable performances from Mexico to Europe, Latin America to Japan, and even a performance at The White House.
“Las Flores,” as their fans call them, recently released their groundbreaking fifth studio album, Motherflower, a fiercely feminist mosaic of genres inspired by mariachi. The innovative album masterfully crafts a genre-defying blend rooted in mariachi influences while embarking on a voyage of purely original compositions. Spearheading this sonorous journey is the highlight “Una Vida y Otra Más”, a track infused with samba rhythms and co-created with the distinguished Argentine composer Claudia Brandt. Motherflower emanates a boldness, an unyielding declaration of feminist vigor, channeled in a way that’s both commanding and unparalleled. This new auditory treasure aligns seamlessly with the band’s ongoing artistic evolution. Vocalist and violinist Mireya Ramos first appeared on our stage in Season 48, joining Grammy-winning producer Adrian Quesada to bring to life his acclaimed Spanish-language album Boleros Psicodélicos. We’re thrilled to welcome Flor de Toloache to the ACL stage in their headlining debut.
Want to be part of our audience? We will post information on how to get free passes a week in advance of the taping. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for notice of postings. The broadcast episode will air on PBS this fall as part of our upcoming Season 49.