Mariachi Music Blog


Mariachi world loses icon Nati Cano

Nati Cano cover_crop

Nati Cano

Nati Cano, visionary leader of Mariachi Los Camperos for over half a century, passed away recently at the age of 81. No one in the United States has made a greater contribution to mariachi music than Nati Cano.


Continue reading ‘Mariachi world loses icon Nati Cano’


Group Competition deadline set for October 24th

Veterans Middle School_crop

Mariachi Juvenil de América from Veterans Middle School

Río Grande, TX

The early registration deadline for groups who would like to participate in the 20th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Group Competition is this Friday, October 24. Participants must complete and submit their online registration forms by Friday in order to take advantage of the super rate of only $55 per student and $130 per director.

Continue reading ‘Group Competition deadline set for October 24th’


Nydia Rojas returns for 20th Extravaganza concert

Nydia Rojas and Ricardo Castillón sing in duet at
2009 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza concert


Legendary mariachi musician and vocal soloist Nydia Rojas is returning to San Antonio this November after a prolonged absence. Over the years, Nydia has performed in San Antonio and other parts of the state more times than she can count. “My mother and I used to joke that we should just move to Texas, since I was getting invited to sing out there almost every month!” she affirms.

Continue reading ‘Nydia Rojas returns for 20th Extravaganza concert’


Mariachi Vocal Competition finalists announced

 Samantha Lopez_crop

 Samantha López

Congratulations to everyone who entered the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition! There were a record number of competitors this year, and the general level of artistry was higher than ever before. It was simply awe-inspiring to listen to the submissions, and extremely difficult to narrow them down to the list of finalists. After carefully reviewing each of the audio and video files, we decided to start the competition at 8 a.m. (an hour earlier than originally scheduled) to allow more students to compete. We have a record number of finalists this year (42 in all!), and it will be by far the toughest vocal bout in the history of the Extravaganza. This year’s competition not only includes more talent than we have seen before, but also more former winners competing than in any previous contest. There can be no doubt this will be a truly spectacular event!

Continue reading ‘Mariachi Vocal Competition finalists announced’


Extravaganza winners break new ground


Sebastien De La Cruz

The 20th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza is just 40 days away, and many exciting things are happening! Former Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza vocal and group competition winners have been involved in several groundbreaking projects this year. An increasing number of opportunities for award-winning groups and vocalists have become available, and I predict this trend will continue into movies, pictures, films, recordings, concerts — and other opportunities we have not yet imagined — as Hollywood takes a closer look at the Hispanic market.

Continue reading ‘Extravaganza winners break new ground’


Mariachismes de septiembre

  • Rinden homenaje a pioneros en un festival del SUTM
  • Ofrecen clases magistrales en Bogotá, Colombia
  • Faltan menos de dos meses para el concurso de grupos
    del festival Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza
  • Desata controversia el término ‘vocalista de mariachi’

Continue reading ‘Mariachismes de septiembre’


Mariachismes for September

  • Festival pays homage to Mexico City mariachi pioneers
  • Bogotá, Colombia offers mariachi master classes
  • 20th annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza group competitions
    are less than two months away
  • Term ‘mariachi vocalist’ sparks controversy

Continue reading ‘Mariachismes for September’


Ascienden en programas de telerrealidad dos triunfadoras de MVE

Angelica Vargas_crop

Dos ganadoras del certamen vocal del festival Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, Angélica Vargas y Virginia Stille, ya han pasado a la siguiente etapa en las eliminatorias de La Academia Kids (TV Azteca) y Va Por Ti (Univisión), respectivamente. Ambas han representado maravillosamente la música de mariachi, extendiendo a la vez sus talentos a otros géneros. Se distinguen las dos por estar entre los más talentosos concursantes de ambos programas, los cuales, hablando con toda honestidad, suelen tener momentos tediosos y difíciles de soportar.


Continue reading ‘Ascienden en programas de telerrealidad dos triunfadoras de MVE’


MVE winners move up on reality shows

Angelica Vargas

Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza vocal winners Angélica Vargas and Virginia Stille have both moved on to the next round in the international TV reality shows La Academia Kids (TV Azteca) and Va Por Ti (Univisión), respectively. Both young ladies are doing an outstanding job of representing mariachi music, as well as stretching their talents to include other genres. They are clearly among the most talented contestants on both of these shows, which, in all honesty, are at moments tedious and difficult to sit through.


Continue reading ‘MVE winners move up on reality shows’


Lanza un nuevo disco el Mariachi Vargas


El 1o de septiembre, el Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán lanzó su más reciente producción, el disco titulado Boleros, Baladas y Bachatas. La grabación fue hecha esta primavera en el estudio capitalino del ex Buki, Joél Solís. Siete de los 14 arreglos son de Carlos Martínez, cuatro de Miguel Ángel Barrón, dos de Pepe Martínez Jr. y uno de Rubén Fuentes. El disco contiene siete boleros, tres baladas y cuatro bachatas, géneros que mezcla y yuxtapone de manera interesante y poco tradicional.


Continue reading ‘Lanza un nuevo disco el Mariachi Vargas’

October 2014
« Sep