Maria The Mexican

Maria The Mexican

Harrison Steele

Sat. September 29, 2018

7:00 pm (event ends at 9:00 pm)

$10 or FREE with IBA ticket

This event is 21 and over

Maria The Mexican
Maria The Mexican
nfluenced by traditional Mariachi music, Maria The Mexican is a hybrid of Mexican folklore and Rock. For ten years, Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas performed with Marachi Estrella founded by their grandmother Teresa Cuevas in 1970. As one of the first all female mariachi bands in the country, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas is a pioneer in the Hispanic musical community. Her band flourished in the 80s but was struck by tragedy when four of the seven members were killed in the Hyatt Skywalk collapse in 1981. Once Teresa recovered she began teaching her grandchildren Mariachi music.

In 2000, Teresa and Maria began exploring other genres of music while simultaneously co-directing Mariachi Estrella. Today the fusion of Maria The Mexican is mixed with a touch of blues, soul, funk, and rock n' roll enhanced by the musical knowledge and sounds of Garrett Nordstrom. With a southwestern flare and melancholy motifs, Maria The Mexican rocks it out in Spanish and English with a host of emotion.
Harrison Steele
Harrison Steele
Harrison Steele hails from the heartland of America. Growing up in Wichita, Kansas, Harrison took a liking to the arts at a young age. His mom, who owned a day care when he was growing up, was very artistic and helped foster that creativity in Harrison and the other children through activities like finger-painting, drawing, making papermache, building things with Play-doh, and more.

As Harrison matured, he ventured into other forms of art such as film-making and photography, but it wasn’t until the end of high school that he found his true passion; his love of playing guitar and songwriting.

Harrison started performing at open mics around Wichita in his early 20s, and eventually started playing gigs of his own. After living in Wichita his whole life and graduating from WSU, he made the move to Denver, Colorado and started traveling around the country as part of his new marketing job. Many of Harrison’s experiences on the road, traveling and seeing the world outside of Kansas greatly influenced his songwriting and style.

Harrison’s style of music is a mixture of folk, soul, pop, and Americana, drawing influences from various artists such as Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, Ed Sheeran, Mumford & Sons, Damien Rice, Bob Dylan, Amos Lee, Ray Lamontagne, Jamestown Revival and many more. Though his personal style probably wouldn’t be considered “rock’n’roll”, Harrison also has a great appreciation for and finds inspiration in classic rock and prog rock music, especially the band Rush, along with many other great bands that he was raised on by his father.

Harrison currently resides in Wichita, Kansas and can be see playing shows around town. Harrison has been writing music for almost ten years and though a few of his songs have already been released, he is currently working on producing his first official album, “The Carriage House EP”. It is expected to be released in the summer of 2017. Subscribe to the mailing list at the bottom of this page to be notified when the album is released.
Venue Information:
Barleycorn's
608 E. Douglas Ave
Wichita, KS, 67202
http://barleycornswichita.com/