Armando Manzanero

Trio Ellas embraces a wide, varied musical world

Trio Ellas embraces a wide, varied musical world

Saturday night at the Hollywood Bowl, the female ensemble Trio Ellas will be among the top-billed acts at Mariachi USA Festival, a glittering annual showcase of charro-suited talent.

It'll make a nice change of pace for the three young Mexican American women: guitarist Stephanie Amaro, violinist Suemy Gonzalez and Nelly Cortez, who plays the formidable, wide-bodied guitarrón. Although last year Trio Ellas earned a Latin Grammy nomination for ranchera album for its debut release, "Con Ustedes" (With You), the band still pays its bills partly by performing at weddings, funerals and quinceañeras across Southern California.

Even though the women...

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