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Mariachi Vocal Competition finalists announced

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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!

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Extravaganza winners break new ground


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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.

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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’

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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

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Ascienden en programas de telerrealidad dos triunfadoras de MVE

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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.


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MVE winners move up on reality shows

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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.


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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.


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Mariachi Vargas releases new CD


On September 1st, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán released the group’s latest album, Boleros, Baladas y Bachatas. The recording was made earlier this year in the Mexico City studio of ex-Los Bukis member Joél Solís. Seven of the arrangements are by Carlos Martínez, four by Miguel Ángel Barrón, two by Pepe Martínez Jr., and one by Rubén Fuentes. The CD contains seven boleros, three baladas, and four bachatas — genres it mixes and juxtaposes in interesting and untraditional ways.


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Vocal Competition deadline nears

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Ángela Salas, 2013 first place college/university category winner

The deadline for entering the 20th annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition is Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Our yearly Vocal Competition — the largest and most competitive event of its type in the U.S. — is one of the highlights of the seven-day Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza. A tremendous amount of effort goes into this exhilarating event, and much appreciation is extended to all of the mariachi directors, vocal instructors, parents, family, and friends who contribute towards making it all happen. The result is simply breathtaking, and the Vocal Competition is a must-attend event during Extravaganza week.

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Brazil hosts its first mariachi festival

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Brazil is not a country normally associated with mariachi music, but that is changing quickly.


Southwestern College’s Mariachi Garibaldi recently participated in Brazil’s Festival Internacional de Folclore. The San Diego, California community college group, directed by Dr. Jeff Nevin, performed for six consecutive days (July 26-31) at this international event held in Nova Petrópolis, located in the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. The 42nd annual celebration presented diverse folk ensembles from different parts of Brazil, the Americas, Europe, and the Orient.


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