Grupo Firme Are Mexican Royalty at Coachella: ‘A Dream Comes True’


Grupo Firme made historical past on Friday (April 15) changing into the primary banda ensemble to ever play at Coachella. The Tijuana banda and norteño group – who final summer season bought out seven back-to-back exhibits on the Area (previously Staples Heart) – flaunted their Mexican tradition with a efficiency that featured hit after hit.



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A whole lot of followers, largely carrying tejanas and cowboy boots — a couple of carrying the Mexican flag — made their option to the primary stage to look at Grupo Firme, a groundbreaking second for the regional Mexican style. Noticed among the many festivalgoers was Voz de Mando‘s Jorge Gaxiola, who was one of many first ones to make the trek to the primary stage.

Grupo Firme took the stage round 7:20 p.m. following a brief video that teased the songs they’d sing throughout their 50-minute set. The video ended with a nostalgic Eduin Caz, the group’s frontman, who mirrored on their achievements. “Right now, a dream comes true, and I wish to thanks for by no means giving up,” he stated within the video. “I promise I’ll proceed dreaming, I’ll proceed singing. That is solely the start.”

Then, the trumpet solos started and a tuba pumped the bass. Grupo Firme had arrived! They kicked off their set with “El Amor No Fue Pa’ Mí.” In between songs, the band danced and, as is custom, took tequila pictures straight from the bottle (or a cowboy hat), saluting to a different milestone of their profession. “Arriba los Latinos, cabrones,” Caz stated to followers who cheered them on.

Firstly of the set, Caz got here out in a extra laidback outfit, sporting sneakers and a Gucci t-shirt. He then went shirtless, and shortly got here again carrying his conventional norteño outfit with a white cowboy hat and matching cowboy boots. Throughout their set, which ended with followers screaming “otra, otra (yet another),” in addition they sang “Ya Supérame,” “El Tóxico,” “Yo Ya No Vuelvo Contigo,” “La Cajetosa,” “Cada Vez Te Extraño Más,” “Hasta La Miel Amarga,” “Cada Quien” and even a canopy of “Tusa.”

Regional Mexican music can have a giant second at this yr’s Coachella, with three Música Mexicana acts on the roster (Firme, Natanael Cano and Banda MS), a nod to the style’s international progress and worldwide attraction it has gained in recent times.

“Regional Mexican music isn’t regional anymore. We’re reaching a wider viewers,” Caz beforehand informed Billboard. “At our exhibits, we see flags from so many alternative Latin American international locations. Latinos, not simply Mexican followers, are having fun with our music. They see seven guys laughing, singing, having a beer or tequila shot, and folks wish to be a part of this phenomenon. That’s why we crammed Staples Heart seven instances.”


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