Veronica Robles Mariachi Band March 22 at Nashua High School North

The Nashua Community Concert Association will present a concert by the Veronica Robles Mariachi Band at Nashua High School North, 8 Titan Way in Nashua, at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 22.

Award Winning Veronica Robles, well known by her fans as La Mera, Mera (The Real One), has been performing since she was very young and first learned to sing old songs from her grandmother.  An energetic lady, she delights her audience with her amazing voice and spontaneous wit.  She sings songs of love, loss, joy and pain.  Her repertoire is comprised of traditional Mexican rhythms, her original songs, some English tunes, and melodies from other Latin American countries.  She is the most authentic representative of Mexican music and culture in the New England Region. 

Veronica learned corridos, rancheras, and huapangos that dated back to her grandmother’s childhood in the early 1900s.  It was in Mexico City’s Plaza Garibaldi, the cradle of Mariachi music, where Verónica was introduced to the Mariachi group led by El Chiquis.  She began working with his group at age 15, learning hundreds of songs and musical styles from these elder musicians.  She also travelled to many towns within Mexico including San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, and Irapuato, to sing at traditional fiestas to celebrate town’s Saints and Virgins’ anniversaries.  While traveling, she studied the way people spoke, their values, customs, and music, gaining insight into Mexico’s rich diversity.  Later on Veronica travel abroad to promoting Mexican music, some of the countries she visited were Peru, Paraguay, Guatemala and the US.

In 1992, Veronica left her home country for New York City to pursue her life as a professional mariachi musician, producing albums and performing.  She has made Massachusetts home since 2000.  Currently she performs with her own Mariachi ensemble, directed by Mr. Willy Lopez.  She offers recitals, concerts, and educational programs for schools.  She has six albums and has performed in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City; JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Berklee Performing Arts Center, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Providence Performing Arts Center in Rhode Island.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.nashuacommunityconcerts.org or at the door.  $25.  For additional information, call 603-579-0603.