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Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza offers more than a just a concert

By Astrid Téllez


The Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is so much more than just a concert! My first time attending the event was in 2011, and I’ve attended almost every year since.


I had joined McAllen High School’s Mariachi Oro just one week prior to going to San Antonio for the 17th annual Extravaganza. I hardly knew anyone at the time, but I had the opportunity to make friends right away with people from everywhere who were involved in mariachi music. There were musicians from Rio Grande City, Roma, San Antonio, Las Vegas and many parts of the U.S. Having come from Mexico, it was a whole new experience for me. I was surprised to see so many people who really loved mariachi music.


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University of Northern Colorado hosts its first Mariachi Extravaganza


On July 23rd, the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greely will host a Mariachi Extravaganza concert featuring participants and winners of San Antonio’s well-known Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza music festival. Mariachi Azteca de América will perform with topnotch vocalists Jackelyn Barrera, Alexa Posas and Vanessa Cerda Alonso on Saturday, July 23 at 4:00 p.m., at the university’s Nottingham Field.


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Vikki Carr to teach students at Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Camp

Vikki Carr


The 5th Annual Mariachi Extravaganza Summer Camp takes place June 20-24 at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts’ Carlos Álvarez Theater, where dozens of students, ages 10-24, will gather to hone their skills in mariachi music performance. Grammy award winner Vikki Carr, Mexican-born baritone Octavio Moreno and Houston native Vanessa Cerda Alonzo are among the accomplished singers who will teach students during the camp.


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Mariachi Zacatecano: los guerreros detrás de Pepe Aguilar



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 viene siendo 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.


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Extravaganza winners share their Ann Arbor experience

Kamryn Ramírez, Jackie Barrera and Alexa Posas


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 readers.


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Extravaganza Vocal Competition winners open for Mariachi Vargas in Ann Arbor


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.

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Fiesta Pops concert features Campanas de América and Isabel Marie



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.


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Mariachi Summer Camp offers youth a unique learning opportunity



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.

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Maestro Rubén Fuentes turns 90

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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.


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El maestro Rubén Fuentes cumple 90 años

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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.


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