The Marias Turn Up The Heat At First Avenue


The last time I saw the Marias they were opening for Cafe Tacvba’s memorable show at First Avenue in 2018. Armed with a new album, 2021’s “Cinema” they returned as headliners to First Ave last night.

Keeping with their vibe, they brought a couple of very interesting openers with them. First up was Ogi whose journey to LA started in Wisconsin. Her debut “I got it” may only be a couple of weeks old but this singer showed an impressive range from a bluesy opening number to hip hop inspired tracks.

Next up was Evann McIntosh who at 17 just released their second album Character Development. A very interesting blend of modern influences with a vibe that’s reminiscent of Shade for me they captured the audience quickly. Fans shouted lyrics back at them even during the first song. Looking at their bio, Prince is one of their major influences so their excitement to be on First Avenue’s legendary stage was quite evident.

There’s only one Maria in the band,  María Zardoya the lead singer. So why the plural in the band name? If you ask me, it’s because she has the magnetism of multiple Marias. They polished their already good stage presence in the years since I have seen them and from the first notes of their set all eyes were glued to the stage. Zardoya’s voice has a dreamy, smoky, sensual quality that captures you. Smooth and calming their sound has many elements to continue to draw your attention. Add they they switch seamlessly between English and Spanish lyrics and your attention never wavers. The crowd at First Avenue showed The Marias music draws fans from a wide range of age and cultures.

Set List: Just A Feeling / Calling You Back / Un Millon / Little By Little / Only In My Dreams / Hable Con Ella / Care For You / Ruthless / Clueless / Heavy / Over The Moon / Baby One More Time / Basta Ya / Dejate Lievar / I Don’t Know You / Spin Me Around / All I Really Want Is You 

Encore:  Hush / Carino