On September 16, Ravinia celebrates Mexican Independence day with Los Tigres del Norte and Mariachi Flor De Toloache. The daylong celebration starts at 1 p.m. and features many different activities and vendors throughout the park.
Note: Times and locations may be updated before the day of the event.
|1-4:30 p.m.||KidsLawn Activities (North Lawn)
• Face Painters
• Kohls Children Museum–making Maracas!
• Botanic Gardens activity
• Large instrument petting zoo
|1-4:30 p.m.||Pet Adoptions:
Dogs from Orphans of the Storm (Main Entrance)
|1-5 p.m.||Mexican Heritage Fine and Practical Arts Fair (Santa Fe Tent)
|1:30-4 p.m.||Live Wrestling with Chicago Lucha Libre (North lawn)
|1-4:30 p.m.||Sonorama Djs spin records (South Lawn)
|1:30 p.m.||Chicago Mariachi Project (South Lawn)
|1:45 p.m.|| Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago (Lawn Dance Floor)
|3 p.m.||Bravo Waukegan Mariachi Project|
|3:00 p.m.||Folkoric Dance Lessons (Dining Pavilion Promenade)
|3:30 p.m.||Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago|
|4 p.m.||Comedian Joey Villagomez (Lawn Bar in dining pavilion)
|5 p.m.||MAIN-STAGE CONCERT (Pavilion)
Mariachi Flor De Toloache
Los Tigres del Norte
Tonight's Artist Bios
Los Tigres del Norte
Decamping from Mexico for sunny San Jose, CA, when he was barely a teenager, Jorge Hernández, together with three of his younger brothers—Hernán, Eduardo, and Raúl—and cousin Oscar Lara, initially traveled north in search of jobs to support their family back home. However, in forming the band Los Tigres del Norte, they found much more than steady work as musicians, quickly earning a voracious following with their original songs emphasizing contemporary social issues and other themes that spoke to the experience of Mexican-Americans. The band began playing in parks and on local radio broadcasts once the quintet arrived in California in the late 1960s, but they were soon given the opportunity to record their corridos and quickly tapped into a massive audience with “Contrabando y Traición,” a ballad about a woman who shoots her drug-running lover and takes off with the money. Always socially conscious, Los Tigres set themselves apart from other corrido performers by never glorifying the criminals in their ballads. Los Tigres’ ascent to fame turned their genre of norteño music, previously localized to the Mexican-American border, into an international sensation, with Los Tigres as its foremost icon. The band has also since been named one of the 15 most influential Latin artists of all time by Billboard, have won several Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards across their vast discography, and recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Los Tigres del Norte first played Ravinia in 2008 and returned the last two summers to headline Fiesta Ravinia.
Back to top
Mariachi Flor De Toloache
Latin Grammy Nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its’ First and Only All-Women Mariachi Group. Founded in 2008, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is lead by singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) & Shae Fiol (founding member). Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi the group started as a trio, Harp, Violin and Vihuela. Today, Mariachi Flor De Toloache performs as a full Mariachi ensemble. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. This defines their unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. They coalesce as would a band of sisters, with a grace and vibrant beauty that casts a spell over their audiences not unlike the legendary Toloache flower still being used in Mexico as a love potion. While working to preserve centuries old traditions of Mariachi, their melange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings Mariachi music to new audiences.
Over the course of the last few years, Mariachi Flor de Toloache’s performances have illuminated world renowned stages in Europe and India. In November 2015, the group embarked on an extensive European and U.S tour as the opening act of Black Keys’ singer Dan Auerbach’s new band, The Arcs. After performances to sold out audiences in the UK, Germany, Holland, Italy, France, they continued to captivate crowds in the U.S. at legendary venues such as First Avenue in Minneapolis, The Vic in Chicago, Terminal 5 in New York, DC 930 Club and Nashville’s Ryman Theater (The Grand Ole Opry). A spring 2016 West Coast Tour performing as part of / and opening for The Arcs, including dates such as the Coachella Festival also took place.
Comedian Joey Villagomez
Joey Villagomez, born and raised on Chicago’s South Side has been performing stand up comedy for a little over 9 years and is starting to rise fast! He was featured on Paul Rodriguez’s Latin Kings of Comedy Show in October of 2013. Joey also appeared in HBO Latino specials,Habla and Habla Mas en Chicago in 2007 and performed in the TBS Just For Laughs Festival in 2010 and 2011. He has performed for big corporate events that include the U.S. Census Bureau and received recognition from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for his participation in the 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration. Joey was inspired by many comedy legends like George Lopez, Richard Pryor, Martin Lawrence, Eddie Murphy and is a favorite at all the mainstream comedy clubs such as The Improv Comedy Clubs, Zanies and the World Famous Laugh Factory! He says there’s nothing in the world he’d rather be doing than making people laugh!
Sonorama is a Chicago-based DJ collective fronted by Charly Garcia, Eddy Baca, and Marlowe Baca, created with the objective of promoting world roots music through an obsessive love of vinyl music culture. More than just DJs, they collect, scavenge, and are ever in search of new sonic and rhythmic delights both new, old, or sometimes forgotten, but with the purpose to share the discoveries with the rest of the internet community. Through podcasts and other various media, Sonorama criss-crosses geographic borders and genres with ease, and together with the trio’s different musical tastes and backgrounds, sets out to showcase an eclectic program of rare grooves, musical curios, and Afro-influenced dance music, along with any other surprises that are dug up along the way. Read more about Sonorama in the Chicago Tribune.
Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago
Founded in 1982, the Mexican Folkloric Dance Company of Chicago is dedicated to showcasing Mexican art and culture through diverse folkloric dance works that range from indigenous, pre-Columbian times forward through the Spanish colonial period, independence, and the 1910 revolution. Throughout its history, the company has provided free dance education and training to children and young adults in Chicago’s Mexican communities, and today it supports two performing ensembles that have appeared at such events as the 1987 Pan Am Games, 1994 World Cup, and numerous official visits to Chicago. It was also recently chosen to perform at the Mariachi Festival at Disney World, for the inauguration of Chicago’s Harris Theater, and at the 10th annual Latin Grammy Awards ceremony.
Chicago Lucha Libre
Chicago Lucha Libre brings you the best combination of traditional “Lucha Libre” (Mexican wrestling) and combines it with American wrestling, creating a hybrid style only seen here.
Chicago Mariachi Project
The award-winning Chicago Mariachi Project (CMP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to elevate the art of mariachi and promote excellence in musicianship through education, coordination, and support. Through the long-standing efforts of its founders, CMP has been credited with having formally kicked off the mariachi education movement in Chicago. CMP currently runs after-school and in-school programs in Chicago Public Schools, which include a musical bridge program and a weekend Mariachi Academy with students from the greater Chicago area. Through its extensive relationships locally, nationally, and in Mexico, CMP has built a comprehensive network of resources which enables it to provide programs and services of the highest quality. Students from CMP's Mariachi Academy recently won first place in the high school category and third place overall at the national 27th Annual Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque. For more information on CMP, visit is Facebook page at facebook.com/chicagomariachiproject.
Bravo! Waukegan Mariachi
Through Mariachi clubs, Bravo helps provide culturally relevant music enrichment after-school.
Bravo launched the Mariachi program in Waukegan and is involved in expanding it to more and more schools, both elementary and middle. Mariachi encourages music students to deepen their education by taking on an additional music class and for others it is their first time picking up an instrument. The atmosphere in the classroom is fun and lively. Mariachi students are frequently asked to perform in public, thus building confidence and pride in their music and heritage.
For more information on Bravo! Waukegan, visit their website at www.bravowaukegan.org.