Ukiah Community Concert Assn. to present Tres Souls with Rocío Mendoza – The Willits News

On Sunday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m., Ukiah Community Concerts is delighted to bring Tres Souls to the Mendocino College Center Theatre for a very special concert and a heartfelt homecoming for the star of the show.

A beloved Los Angeles trio, Tres Souls captures the hearts of audiences one ballad at a time—from “Bésame mucho” and beyond. Rocío Mendoza, Ukiah’s very own SPACE prodigy, is the lead singer of the trio, with guitarist/vocalist Roberto Carlos, and requinto player/vocalist Jesús Martínez. For their appearance in Ukiah, they will be joined by Ishmael Pineda on percussion and Ray Gudiño on bass in a quintet version of their unique interpretations of the “Bolero” genre and the vintage sounds and romantic songs of the 1940s to 1960s from the Golden Era of Mexican Cinema. “Through their expert musicianship and swooning vocals Tres Souls enchants audiences and transports them to a more romantic time.” (The Music Center)

Each member of the group is an accomplished musician who has inherited the knowledge and the soul of Mexican heritage music through their family and generations before them. Tres Souls follows in the legendary footsteps of other “Tríos Románticos,” like Eydie Gorme y Los Panchos, Los Tres Reyes, and Los Tres Ases, enlivened with new musical influences drawn from the cultural diversity of the Los Angeles diaspora. The group’s past performances include Walt Disney Studios for the premier of “Coco” the movie, the Music Center 59th Annual Holiday Celebration, in concert with Holly Near, and a sold-out show at The Ford theater in Hollywood. “Their engaging performance not only showcased the exceptional beauty of bolero music, but also demonstrated their uncanny ability to engage diverse audiences in the celebration and appreciation of this unique musical tradition.” (Abril Iñiguez, Program Manager at Arts For LA)

Rocío Mendoza’s resumé reflects a range of extraordinary talent in singing, dancing, and acting that has fueled her starry career. She has appeared in feature films and music videos, has performed with The Black Eyed Peas, Carlos Santana, and Holly Near, among others, and is featured on Raphael Saadiq’s Grammy nominated album “The Way I See It,” to mention just a few of her achievements. “I’ve been watching Rocío for years as she’s grown from a dazzling, talented young teen into a powerful and authentic artist,” said Ukiah Playhouse co-founder Kate Magruder. “She’s become a leader and a role model for us all.”

Laurel Near, co-founder of SPACE, tells this story about Rocío: “When she auditioned for the Ukiah production of Grease directed by Rick Allan, Mendoza was 14, and one of more than 70 kids vying for the main dance role. Rocio walked up to me and said, ‘My name is Rosie and I just want to say hello and hope that you don’t overlook me.’ I asked her where she had trained and she said, ‘I haven’t trained at a studio but I dance at home and I am really, really good.’… She got the part.”

A special message from Rocío

Hello to Ukiah and the Community Concerts audience with a little about me:

My parents were a singing duo for family gatherings. They sang Mexican folk songs from their era. All the families would gather to listen, and it was a moment where the adults felt connected to their motherland, as they reminisced, and reflected. As a child I enjoyed the melodies and the vocal harmonies by my parents and there was a coziness in those musical evenings that I always carry with me. When I moved to Los Angeles, I missed my family and would play recordings of my parents to help me fall asleep. My dream was to live out my dance life and then focus on singing Mexican heritage music for the rest of my life.

I started taking classes at SPACE when I was 15. I immediately felt a sense of belonging in this new creative community.  SPACE felt like a safe place where I could be myself, explore and express as a dancer, singer, and actor. I felt inspired and fulfilled in my artist expression. It was a special place to be, with a wonderful community of people.  I feel very lucky that Ukiah had a program like SPACE. Not sure what I would have done if it hadn’t.

I was looking for musicians to perform with in LA and was fortunate enough to meet and play with many talented ones along the way. I was lucky to meet Roberto and then Jesús and we formed a Trío Romántico with a female lead. We had a common vision and were committed to the work of being an actual band. Roberto’s vision was the preservation and celebration of the Bolero genre that he felt wasn’t getting a big enough platform. My intention was to share the heart of the music with communities who wanted to hear it live. Jesús grew up with the traditional music through his father and infused the band and our style with a lot of energy and knowledge.  We all knew we had something special and audiences who follow us enjoy our take on this genre of music.

“We are so looking forward to performing my home town for the UCCA audience!” –Rocío Mendoza, August ‘22.

Tickets for non-season subscribers are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Advance tickets are available online at and at Mendocino Book Company in Ukiah and Mazahar in Willits.

As part of our ongoing educational outreach program, free tickets are available to youth 17 and under when accompanied by an adult, and to full-time (12 units) college students. Free tickets must be reserved in advance by calling 707-463-2738 with name, phone number and email address.

For more information, contact the UCCA at 707-463-2738 or email

Ukiah Community Concert Association, now in its 75th year, has been presenting nationally acclaimed talent since 1947. This all-volunteer nonprofit’s mission is to build and maintain a permanent concert audience and cultivate an interest in fine music of all genres among the citizens of the community and surrounding area. It is also our goal to encourage music appreciation in the schools of the community.

Susanna Janssen is president of the Ukiah Community Concert Association board.

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