Con más de 25 años como solista y más de 25 discos compactos de éxito, Pepe Aguilar no sólo es hijo de dos baluartes de la canción ranchera —Antonio Aguilar y Flor Silvestre— sino un consagrado artista por mérito propio que actualmente es uno de los cantantes más populares del mundo hispano. Pero ahora no vamos a enfocarnos en él, sino en los músicos guerreros al fondo del escenario que lo acompañan siempre en las buenas y las malas: el Mariachi Zacatecano de Pepe Aguilar.
Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza National Vocal Competition winners Alexa Posas, Kamryn Ramírez and Jackie Barrera recently performed in Ann Arbor, Michigan, thanks to the University Musical Society (UMS), a presenting arts organization, and Muñoz Public Relations (MPR), producers of the annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. This trio of champion vocalists participated in a three-day residency program and opened for Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán at the prestigious Hill Auditorium on the campus of the University of Michigan (UM). Accompanying the trio were Alex Treviño on guitar and René Benavidez on guitarrón. These artists would like to share the following special memories of their Ann Arbor tour with mariachimusic.com readers.
Competition judges Andrés González, Alberto Alfaro and Arturo Vargas with winning vocalists Kamryn Ramírez and Alexa Posas
Texas vocal champions Jackelyn Barrera of Roma, Alexa Posas of Río Grande City and Kamryn Ramírez of McAllen will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan in late March to participate in a three-day residency that concludes with two concerts featuring the renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. “It’s an honor for us to open for Mariachi Vargas, and we’re very much looking forward to performing for the people of Michigan,” says champion Alexa Posas.
Fiesta San Antonio (April 14-24, 2016) is almost upon us, and with it, Fiesta Pops! This year, the San Antonio Symphony’s annual Fiesta Pops concert — conducted by Akiko Fujimoto — features local artists performing the music and dance of Mexico and Latin America. San Antonio favorite Mariachi Campanas de América will pay a special tribute to the legendary Vicente Fernández, and the stage will be graced by danzantes from one the nation’s premier ballet folklórico ensembles, the Guadalupe Dance Company. A special treat will be the debut appearance of local 13-year-old singing sensation Isabel Marie Sánchez,who recently launched her debut CD titled New Girl in Town.
Early registration is now open for the 5th Annual Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Camp. All students ages 10-24 who are interested in honing their skills in mariachi music performance are invited to participate June 20-24 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ Carlos Álvarez Theater, in San Antonio, Texas.
On February 15, maestro Rubén Fuentes — the most influential musical figure in the history of mariachi music — celebrated his 90th birthday with a party at his Mexico City home. Entertainment for the intimate gathering of family and friends was provided by none other than Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.
El 15 de febrero, el maestro Rubén Fuentes —la figura musical más trascendente en la historia de la música de mariachi— celebró su nonagésimo cumpleaños con una fiesta íntima en su casa capitalina. La pequeña reunión de amigos y familiares fue amenizada nada menos que por el Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.
The thirteen-piece Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano performs Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the University of Texas-Río Grande Valley Performing Arts Complex in Edinburg, Texas, as part of FESTIBA. This concert marks the first time the group performs in the Río Grande Valley in more than 20 years.
Award-winning Mariachi Aztlán will perform with four-time Grammy winner Vikki Carr at San Antonio’s lovely Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ H‑E‑B Performance Hall on Saturday, February 20, 2016. In addition to accompanying this legendary singer in concert, Mariachi Aztlán will perform songs from their own recent CD, Mi Nombre es México.
On behalf of MPR and the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, thank you all for another exciting year! Our 21st season was extraordinary — filled with unique events that embraced our cultural traditions and showcased some of the most incredible mariachi talent out there.