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Trio Ellas: Mariachi Meets The Andrews Sisters

Friday, November 1, 2013

Los Angeles-based musical group Trio Ellas (“Three Shes” in Spanish) is mariachi music with a twist. The band consists of three women playing the violin, guitar and traditional guitarron. But there is no trumpet or sombreros, as in traditional male-dominated mariachi bands.

Trio Ellas has recorded with Lady Gaga and Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. And though they have years of experience playing with mariachi groups, don’t call them a mariachi band.

All three members of the group join Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson.

Trio Ellas performs the song Ojitos Traidores in studio


  • Nelly Cortez, plays guitarron and vocals for Trio Ellas.
  • Stephanie Amaro, plays guitar for Trio Ellas.
  • Suemy Gonzalez, plays violin for Trio Ellas.
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