‘Welcome to CINEMA’: Latin-American indie band the Marías return to Chicago with back-to-back shows

By Irvin Ibarra, Staff Reporter

With two back-to-back concerts at the Vic Theater, the Los Angeles-based indie group the Marías recently returned to Chicago, performing heartfelt and melancholy music from their debut album “CINEMA” along with other favorites.

The Marías, who performed Feb. 24 and 25 at the Lakeview venue, sold out their Friday show with concertgoers completely filling the Vic.

This show marked the band’s return to the city after almost three years since the Marías’ last Chicago performance in July 2019 at Thalia Hall in Pilsen.

As concertgoers waited for the venue’s doors to open at 6:30 p.m., outside the Vic Theater, located at 3145 N. Sheffield Ave., the line wrapped around the block and the neighboring building.

The concert began at 7:30 p.m. with a performance from Ogi, an up-and-coming Los Angeles-based Nigerian-American artist. After her set, Evann McIntosh, a 17-year-old alternative R&B singer, followed alongside their band.

As the crowd waited in anticipation, the headliners’ show began with an announcement from the venue welcoming the crowd to the show.

María Zardoya, Puerto Rican-American and Los Angeles-based lead singer for the Marías, along the rest of her band members — Josh Conway on drums, Jesse Perlman on guitar, Edward James on the keyboard and Gabe Steiner on the trumpet — took over the stage, opening with the first two songs from their “CINEMA” album, “Just a Feeling” and “Calling U Back.”

Alongside songs from “CINEMA,” the Marías performed their most popular songs from both “Superclean Vol. I” and “Vol. II,” including “I Don’t Know You,” “Cariño” and “Over The Moon.”

The “CINEMA” tour continues through October, with additional shows in the United States and Canada, along with dates in Mexico and in Europe, which can be found on the Marías website.