"His distinctive vocal style, somewhere between Phil Ochs and Rufus Wainwright, manages to be both warm and breezy, and makes a supple vehicle for his generally easygoing original storytelling... Hooky, evocative tracks reveal a solid singer songwriter with broad appeal" - Portland Monthly
Award winning songwriter Robin Jackson fronts a six-piece ensemble which offers mostly original repertoire cascading through dreamy indie folk, soulful blues, Gypsy pop, jazz and poetic desert ramblings. Robin has shared stages with an array of notable bands including the Decembrists, The String Cheese Incident, Amanda Palmer and more and the band includes musicians from the MarchFourth Marching Band, The Shook twins and Vagabond Opera. "A catchy and captivating song-crafter…a true storyteller." - NPR
Edna Vazquez was born in the Mexican state of Colima but lived the first 16 years of her life in the state of Jalisco, a state that is worldNrenowned as the soul of Mexican mariachi music. At age 17 she left her native Mexico and traveled to the United States to start a career in the music business, and met with more success than she ever could have imagined. She found herself singing and playing music across the country in many different styles, strongly rooted in tradition but moving seamlessly through contemporary influences.
Edna has achieved international exposure by singing on television shows like Tengo & Talento, Mucho & Talento in Los Angeles, California and Sábado & Gigante & Internacional con Don Francisco, where she won first prize with her rendition of Cucurrucucú Paloma accompanied by Mariachi Internacional in Miami, Florida.
Edna performs original compositions that pay homage to her many Latin American influences and frequently mixes in her own arrangements of traditional songs to bring the feeling of Mexico’s Folkloric music to her audience. She sings with a velvety voice and sometimes whistles the melodies to compliment her guitar. A versatile and experienced musician, Edna not only spans styles and genres, but plays music in a variety of arrangements including performing solo, with the Edna Vazquez Quintet and with Mariachi Los Palmeros.
The Edna Vazquez Quintet has been performing together since 2010 and combines a traditional string band instrumentation with fresh original compositions in a variety of musical styles. From Trovas to Tangos, the Quintet lifts the audience’s spirit and takes them on a musical journey through the rhythms of Latin America. With songs deeply rooted in human emotion and raising awareness about political issues and injustice, the several faces of the group blend together in a unified sound. The Quintet features Edgar Baltazar on classical guitar, Adrianna Locke on violin, Bernardo Gomez on upright bass and Eddie Esparza on hand drums and percussion.
Venues Edna has performed:
Roseland Theater, The Fillmore San Francisco, Montalvo Gardens Theatre, The Crest Theatre, Doug Fir Lounge, Mississippi Studios, Dante’s, WOW Hall, Alberta Rose Theater, Miracle Theatre, Dallas Latino Cultural Center, Convention Center of Irving, Texas, La Gran Plaza de Forth Worth, Circle Park in Addison Texas.
Edna has shared bills with:
Lila Downs, Gloria Trevi, Molotov, Yolanda del Rio, Maribel Guardia, Federico Villa, Beatriz Adriana, Rosenda Bernal, Juan Valentin, and many more