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Vargas, Cobre, and Los Camperos announce Texas shows!


Mariachi Vargas

Three of the world’s greatest mariachi ensembles will perform in Texas this fall!

On September 10, Mariachi Cobre and Vikki Carr will perform as part of the grand opening ceremonies of the brand new Tobin Center in San Antonio. Mariachi Vargas follows with two shows, in Corpus Christi on September 13 and San Antonio on November 22. In addition, Los Camperos will perform in San Antonio on December 11 at the Aztec Theater, and on December 12 in Nacogdoches.

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Festival People en Español comes to San Antonio this Labor Day weekend

People en Español 

William “Carlton” Gálvez of Kyle, Berenice Stille of Houston and Bryanna Rich of San Antonio will join Gino Rivera’s Mariachi Azteca de América at the Festival People en Español on Saturday, August 30 at San Antonio’s Henry B. González Convention Center. The team will represent the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza at the third annual Festival People en Español event this Labor Day weekend with a performance starting at 9:40 a.m. Carlton, Berenice, and Bryanna represent some of the many young artists who will be in San Antonio participating in the festival along with top-name Latin celebrities such as Becky G., Zendaya, Las Fénix, Leslie Grace, Matt Hunter, and Miguelito. This Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza presentation is free and and open to the public.


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About the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza…

Several Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza past participants gathered during this year’s Summer Extravaganza Vocal Camp to share their fondest memories of participating in the Extravaganza over the years. When Paola Alanís from Roma, Nizhoni Begay from San Antonio, Christina López from McAllen, Alexa Posas from Roma, and Berenice Stille from Houston describe their experiences, their love and passion for mariachi music and the Extravaganza shines through.

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Mariachi Nuevo Santander member shares Oregon experience


Alicia Alanís performs at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show
(Photo by Carolina Cantú)

This is the first of several blogs written by Mariachi Nuevo Santander students describing their experiences representing the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show in Ashland, Oregon earlier this month. We hope you enjoy reading about it!

I woke up at 2:45 Thursday morning, which means I slept like four hours. I didn’t mind because I was super excited. We took three planes to get to Ashland from Roma, and I actually really liked it. While on the plane, I saw Mount Hood and Mount Saint Helen, which was amazing. Once we arrived in Ashland, I stepped outside the airport and immediately fell in love with the weather. It’s nothing like our weather in Roma, Texas, where it’s extremely hot!

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Mariachismes: updates on what’s happening in the mariachi world


  • Mexico City musicians’ union mariachi school closes its doors
  • NYC Mariachi Conference promotes Mexican culture in New York
  • Albuquerque celebrates another successful Mariachi Spectacular
  • Guadalajara hosts two mariachi “Encuentros”
  • Plaza Garibaldi protests dismissal of mariachi school director
  • San Antonio announces dates for Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza


Escuela del sindicato

In this 2008 photo, vihuela students study with José Guadalupe Alfaro
at the now-defunct Mexico City musicians’ union’s mariachi school


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Vocal Competition deadline set for October 1

Jackleyn Barrera from Roma, Texas won first place in the 2013 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition. She then went on to compete on Telemundo’s La Voz Kids, where she climbed the ranks on Roberto Tapia’s team and sang a variety of Latin music genres under his guidance.

Most of our tightly knit mariachi community is very much aware of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza and the exciting group and vocal competitions held during this seven-day event. But for those who are new to the application process or need a reminder, we are giving you some key dates and information so everyone will have an equal opportunity to submit an entry before the October 1 deadline.

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Mariachi Nuevo Santander to perform at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Roma High School’s award-winning Mariachi Nuevo Santander will travel to Ashland, Oregon to perform at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show July 31 through August 6. This outstanding Roma, Texas ensemble will represent the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza as first place winners of that event’s high school mariachi group competition held in San Antonio last December.

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Summer Mariachi Vocal Camp Receives Accolades

This charming rendition of “El Pastor” was performed by participants of the one-week Summer Mariachi Extravaganza Vocal Camp held June 23-27, 2014 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio under the direction of Edwin Origel Méndez and Steeven Sandoval of Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. Camp students studied this and other songs, including Juan Gabriel’s “Buenos Días, Señor Sol,” inspired by Angélica Vargas’s self-titled CD that Muñoz Public Relations officially launched in Austin last June. You can see the video of that performance on the mariachimusicdotcom YouTube Channel.

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Mariachi Azteca performs from group’s latest CD


San Antonio’s Mariachi Azteca de América recently released its first CD, Dame un Minuto. Seven out of the ten songs on the album are original, and all but one of the arrangements are by the ensemble’s leader and musical director, Gino Rivera. The group will open for Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán at Mariachi Vargas en Concierto in Austin on June 7th.

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Univisión presents ‘Mariachi Vargas en Concierto’ in Austin on June 7

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Andrés González and Alberto Alfaro of Mariachi Vargas

Award-winning groups and vocalists from the Austin area, including Texas State University’s Mariachi Nueva Generación and Kyle, Texas native William “Carlton” Gálvez, will open for el mejor mariachi del mundo on June 7 at Austin’s Long Center.

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