HOLDEN & ARTS ASSOCIATES
SHARING STORIES AND CREATING PARTNERSHIPS SINCE 1983
From Washington, DC
photo by Dominick Williams
About the Company
Trailer of Public Family Concert
Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés. Their catchy songs and lively performances get the whole audience dancing, singing, and learning! Available for family concerts and student matinees, these high-energy, joyful shows celebrate the Latinx experience and incorporate Spanish, English, and ASL languages.
Family concerts include a medley of songs drawn from 123 Andrés’ award winning albums –such as Actívate (Grammy nominee for Best Children’s Album in 2021), Canta las Letras (Latin Grammy nominee for Best Children’s Album), Arriba Abajo (Latin Grammy WINNER for Best Children’s Album in 2016) and ¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! (Latin Grammy nominee for Best Children’s Album in 2015).
Their educational shows can be adapted for PreK audiences up to 6th grade and introduce a variety of musical instruments and styles from Central and South America, along with geography, social studies, and the Spanish language. The company has also created multiple bilingual books, published by Scholastic, based on their songs including Hello, Friend (Hola, Amigo) and Ten Little Birds (Diez Pajaritos). These books are perfect to connect the performances to reading and writing for the younger elementary ages.
123 Andrés tours with a flexible technical footprint so they can perform indoors, from large theatres at Performing Arts Centers to libraries and community spaces, as well as outdoors or at festivals. Available as duo or full band with additional members (such as percussion, drums, and bass).
Best for Families, All Ages
Student Matinees: Grades PreK -6th
Audience Size: Small to Large Venues
Trailer from student matinee engagement of
"¿Dónde está Juana?/All Around the Americas with 123 Andrés!"
Pease contact us to see an archival full length recording of their live performance.
To listen to their music, please check out:
their Spotify and their youtube channel.
- Musical Instruments
- Spanish language & Culture
American Sign Language (ASL)
Geography of the Americas
Physical activity & kid-friendly dance moves
Their student matinees are good for a broad range of preK-6th grades, introducing musical styles and instruments along with geography , social studies, and Spanish language curriculum connections. Published by Scholastic, the company’s bilingual books -Hola, Amigo (Hello, Friend), Ten Little Birds (Diez Pajaritos), and more!- are based on the songs of the same names and connect the performances to reading and writing skills for the younger elementary ages.
Student matinee performances include 123 Andrés' favorite hit songs as well as additional themes and topics, such as:
¿Dónde está Juana?/Around the Americas with 123 Andrés!
Andrés can’t find his friend Juana, and our only clue is that she’s somewhere in the Americas. Travel with song and dance through a lesson in geography that incorporates an introduction to a variety of musical instruments as well as Latin language, culture and music.
A new show based on 123 Andrés’ most recent album with songs to inspire audiences to get moving! 123 Andrés’ dance moves, humor, and singable tunes invite kids to sing and dance - and get the adults onto their feet, too!
Outreach and Workshops
Andrés and Christina are seasoned, energetic performers and native-Spanish speakers. They can provide artist residencies, as well as songwriting and other creativity workshops for students. They can also offer professional development for educators and family workshops. Please contact us to discuss what this kind of outreach could look like for your community.
Their performances are available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performances if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.
Minimum Technical Requirements
For Duet Shows:
Load In Time: 1 hour
Crew Needs: 1 Sound Engineer/Audio Tech
Min. Stage Size: 10x10
Sound: overheard mics, monitors, PA system
Projector/Video Screen for visuals
Load Out Time: 30 mins
For Full Band:
Load In Time: 1 hour
Crew Needs: 1 Sound Engineer/Audio Tech
Min Stage Size: 20 x 20
Sound: 2 overhead mics, kick drum mic, PA system, 4 wedge monitors
Projector/Video Screen for visuals
Load Out Time: 1 hour
2021 - Actívate, GRAMMY nominee for Best Children’s Album
2019- Latin Grammy nominee for Best Children’s Album for Canta las Letras.
2016- WON the Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album for Arriba Abajo
2015- Latin Grammy nominee for Best Children’s Album in 2015, for
¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés!
Arriba Abajo also won the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, and was named a
Notable Children’s Recording by the American Library Association.
Cantra las Letras won Parent’s Choice Silver Award.
Press & Presenter Feedback
“A rockstar for little language learners” – Billboard
“…will delight kids – and their parents, too… 123 Andrés are on the rise — ever since they won a Latin Grammy in 2016 for their album ‘Arriba Abajo,’ they’re increasingly booked all over the country.” – Washington Post
“It was wonderful hosting 123 Andrés at Carolina Theatre of Durham. Thank you for being so amazing on stage and off. We really appreciated your willingness to add an additional show and your communication was excellent, every step of the way. Our audiences loved how you made yourselves accessible, interacting with students and families during and after the performances. You seamlessly created a very special music and language learning environment - sharing, and encouraging fun, diversity, inclusiveness, and so much joy! We look forward to you returning soon! - Shana Adams, The Caroline Theater in Durham, NC.
"The families loved it! Two thirds [of the audience] was new to Flushing Town Hall. It’s great to have new audiences have such a positive experience at FTH”. – Gabrielle M. Hamilton, Director of Education and Public Programs, Flushing Town Hall
“123 Andrés represents the ideal of what we want to achieve with every performance... artistry of the highest quality and educational value.” -- Roberta Ciuffo West Executive VP for Education and Outreach, Tennessee Performing Arts Center
“shows are noted for being high energy and 123Andrés wouldn’t have it any other way. With his trademark fedora planted firmly on his head, Salguero starts his shows with high energy and doesn’t let it down for the whole show.” – Washington Parent
The assemblies were perfect! During the assembly, our students who speak Spanish were extremely excited to see bilingual performers. All of the students were excited about the mention of music, dance, and language from their cultures or from their friends’ cultures. The staff were very appreciative about the focus on different cultures and global learning. All of them said to bring them back next year! - Christina Parent, school counselor, Pine Crest Elementary (4th-6th grade)
“123 Andrés imparts the joy of language, music, and movement in a bilingual collection of songs that is storytime and classroom-friendly.” – American Library Association, Children’s Division
123 Andrés is the Latin Grammy-winning team husband-wife team of Andrés and Christina, and they have performed for audiences across the US and in Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico and Colombia.
Andrés grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, and learned how to play the guitar from his father at an early age. He had his first studio experience at age 8, and from there he went on to earn a Doctorate in music and won the National Composition Contest in Colombia for one of his early songs.
Christina grew up in the Midwest in a Spanish-speaking immigrant family from Colombia. Her love for the stage started when her mom signed her up for theater and dance as a child. After college she worked in the classroom as a public school teacher, and received a Masters in Education. When she joined 123 Andrés, she found her calling teaching through music.
Performances are available as a duo or a full band with additional members (such as percussion, drums, and bass).
Touring since 2015, they have performed in places and at venues such as:
Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL)
ACL Live Fest (Austin, TX)
Kennedy Center (Washington, DC)
Symphony Space (NYC)
Tennessee Performing Arts Center (Nashville)
As well as venues in México, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Panamá, and Costa Rica
For more information on 123 Andrés, please visit the company’s website.
Albums & Books
ACTÍVATE (2021) - GRAMMY nominee for Best Children’s Album
La Luna Música Instrumental (2021)
El Mejor Regalo (2020)
Hola, Amigo: Songs of Friendship (2020)
Una Idea Tengo Yo (2020)
Canta las Letras (2019) - Latin Grammy nominee for Best Children’s Album
La luna (2018)
Arriba Abajo (2016) - Latin Grammy WINNER for Best Children’s Album
¡Uno, Dos, Tres con Andrés! (2015) -Latin Grammy nominee for Best Children’s Album
Arriba Abajo also won the Parent’s Choice Gold Award, and was named a Notable Children’s Recording by the American Library Association. Cantra las Letras won Parent’s Choice Silver Award.
To listen to their music, please check out their Spotify and their youtube channel.
The following Dual-language books (in Spanish and English) have been written by the company and are published by Scholastic:
Mi Comunidad! My Community!
Hello, Friend (Hola, Amigo)
Ten Little Birds (Diez Pajaritos)
To check out their books, please visit your local library, book store, or the 123 Andrés website.