Suzanne Garcia is better known as “Susie” to all her fans, friends, and family, and if you are not laughing, crying, smiling, or dancing when she is onstage, then she thinks that she hasn’t done her job. With a keen ear for music, she began playing violin as a child. With the encouragement of her parents (both avid Mariachi fans and music aficionados), Susie was introduced to a genre of music rooted in tradition and cultural pride. In 1991, Susie made her first appearance at the Hollywood Bowl for a “Tribute to Women in Mariachi”. Little did she know, a few years later the explosion of all-female Mariachi ensembles would begin. Susie returned to the Hollywood bowl three more times as a member of Mariachi Las Adelitas (1997) as well as Mariachi Las Alondras (1998, 1999). In 1999, Susie helped pioneer one of the first modern all-female run and directed mariachi bands in Los Angeles by the name of Mariachi Divas. During her 9-year stint with the Divas, Susie performed at numerous concerts and festivals throughout Los Angeles and the Southwestern United States and received her first Grammy award. After deciding to pursue a solo career in 2009, Susie was sought out by Richard Montoya, of the nation’s most prominent Chicano-Latino performance troupe “Culture Clash” and well known Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic director Bill Rauch to take on the role of Musical Director for a month long theatre performance of “Peace” at the Getty Villa. In 2010, Susie released her first solo album “Esa Güerita” which features some of her own compositions and showcases her creativity and personal and cultural connection with various genres and styles of music. Susie recently returned to Los Angeles from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she composed, arranged, and performed for a 10 month run of Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure” and continues performing on a regular basis as a soloist and director of her all femaie Mariachi Las Colibri.
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2011- Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza San Antonio, TX
2011- Oregon Shakespeare Festival “Measure For Measure” Dir. Bill Rauch
2010- Soloist/ Las Cruces International Mariachi Festival
2009- Getty Villa “Peace” Dir. Bill Rauch featuring Culture Clash