Local Latino band Mariachi Ghost are quite pleased and honoured to be the opening act at this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival tonight at 6 p.m.
Having performed at Dauphin Country Fest, Brandon Folk Festival, Festival du Voyageur, Winnipeg Jazz Festival and many other festivals over the years, Mariachi Ghost are always a crowd favourite.
Their stage show is mesmerizing as they also add a theatrical aspect to their show. With painted faces and two lovely ladies dancing or walking through the audience handing out roses, the band is quite entertaining.
Last year at the Western Canadian Music Awards the band walked away with the World Recording of the Year award.
“We are very thankful for our selection,” says Jorge Requena-Ramos, vocalist and guitarist of Mariachi Ghost.
“The Winnipeg Folk Fest has been an enormous part of our youth,” he adds. “We have seen acts that we admire on that stage and this booking feels like an enormous victory. Kind of like when that girl you really liked since last summer gave you her number. Or when you were invited to a university party while still in high school. Or that day when you receive your degree after four years of university. Or the day you get married to that girl who gave you her number.
“This day will part our music life as the before and the after. That stage is a dream come true. And we will do Winnipeg proud. We promise.”
Having seen the band many times over the years, I’m sure they WILL do Winnipeg proud.
To see a video of the band performing Rider at the Pyramid click here:
All photos and video by Doug Kretchmer