Mexican regional singer and TV personality Chiquis Rivera is co-headlining “Gira en el Campo” tour with her uncle Lupillo Rivera to honor farmworkers by bringing the music to them. Janney “Chiquis” Marín Rivera 35, is the eldest daughter of the late singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a tragic airplane accident in 2012. Chiquis made her TV debut with her reality show Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis & Raq-C and released her debut album, Ahora, on June 2, 2015.
Tonight the banda performers will be in Gilroy, Calif. and on Friday, Sept. 18 they’ll be in Fresno, Calif. both cities have a large agricultural community. They’ll visit with a trailer that converts into a large stage for the show and they’ll also provide dinner and drinks for the farmworkers. The festivities will observe safety precautions including a Covid test for the audience with the help of nearby clinics along with social distancing, wearing face masks, and using hand sanitizers. Essential workers including farmworkers recently experienced a spike in coronavirus cases in California since they stat at home order was partially lifted.
Chiquis will be performing songs from her latest album, Playlist, which includes her Spanish-language cover of Dolly Parton’s iconic “Jolene,” featuring Becky G. The 10-track album includes collaborations with Banda Los Sebastianes, Amanditita, Ely Quintero, and Helen Ochoa. Grammy winner Lupillo’s latest album De Regreso al Ruedo came out in June. “They say family projects are the best and that’s the truth,” Lupillo captioned in a post announcing the tour dates with Chiquis.
This isn’t the only recognition farmworkers are getting from the community during this pandemic. The Hispanic Heritage Foundation announced that farmworkers across the nation will be given the Heroes Award during the 33rd Hispanic Heritage Awards Oct. 6 airing on PBS.
@HHFoundation announced today that farmworkers across the country will be recognized with the Heroes Award during the 33rd Hispanic Heritage Awards, presented by @Target, on the October 6th broadcast on @PBS. Read more: https://t.co/qSNqhW50Xu#HispanicHeritageMonth #HHA33 #HHM20 pic.twitter.com/Ny8NOrfIRr
— Hispanic Heritage Foundation (@HHFoundation) August 25, 2020
“I’m thankful for the amazing work of our people who live in rural areas and work the fields, and I have so much respect for them. During these tough times, I wanted to be part of these concerts held especially for them, so they can enjoy themselves, clear their heads and celebrate together with our music and culture,” Chiquis said in a press release.