TicketMOMster review: The Mariachi Ghost @ The Cube, June 16 / 2016 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival – Jazz Winnipeg
WHAT is it about this band, on this stage, with this music and this woman?
This is the second time I’ve seen them at Jazz Fest; the first was on this same stage last year. I was completely blind-sided by the band and utterly blown away. I remember being absolutely flabbergasted that they were from Winnipeg; that this kind of creativity lived here.
Today as I stood in the crowd, I felt the same way. I kept thinking “Winnipeg of all places…that’s incredible, what a treasure…WHY isn’t this band bigger than they are…”
My husband and I watched the beginning of the show standing on the side and I kept saying, “No, we have to move closer…no, closer…”
We ended up about 20 feet from the stage, which is really unusual for me because I like the back. I like seats and I never feel the need to get closer with any other band I see. When I was young, yes; but certainly not now.
Still, there’s something about this band. I don’t know if I become transfixed by the music or what, but I have to see the band play and I have to watch Alexandra move to the music. It’s so visual and yet the music merges perfectly with what you’re seeing. All my senses were going: BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! YES!!!
This is the first time my husband saw the band, and based on my review from last year, he had to come with me. At one point I looked over at him watching Alexandra and he turned to me and said, “This is so creepy…and it’s awesome!” I just smiled.
I wouldn’t have used the word “creepy”, but he gets it. He said he thought they were going to be gimmicky, but their music backs up all the theatrics on stage; I totally agree.
Speaking of theatrics, I thought there was less of that this year. I remember more “trances” and fabric and flowers last year.
During the second song, Alexandra played a shaker and sang. She did it well, but I much prefer to watch the songs move through her.
I can’t speak a word of Spanish, so it’s nice to have someone interpretive dance them for me. The song was really upbeat and danceable, so maybe I interpreted that one for myself. Heh…
I can’t tell you which song was my favourite because I don’t know the names and I can’t Google the lyrics because…well, they’re in Spanish. But I will say, my most favourite moments are when the lead guitarist is doing his thing and Alexandra is dancing. Good Lord, I could watch that forever and never get bored.
Near the end Alexandra danced with a Pride flag and Jorge stage dived before yelling out, “You never have to be afraid because we are free!” then he chanted “LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!” The crowd seemed to really like that.
The Mariachi Ghost are my favourite live act in Winnipeg. How lucky am I to see two amazing shows (City & Colour) in three nights? I’m going to bed tonight feeling grateful and pretty darn happy. And I get to do this all again tomorrow. I love this time of year: fall, winter, spring, and Jazz Fest season in Winnipeg.
P.S. The Noble Thiefs played before The Mariachi Ghost. It was the first time I’d seen them and I’m definitely intrigued, they sounded great. I heard they periodically play at The Pyramid and The Good Will – Social Club. I will see them again. I’m coming for you Noble Thiefs.
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