Mariachi Music Blog


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 as opener for Vargas


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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Carlos Martínez hace su debut en Texas como director musical del Vargas

Durango Mayo 26 o 27 Andrés González

Frente: Fernando Velásquez, Carlos Martínez, Arturo Vargas y
Andrés González del Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán


El guadalajarense Carlos Martínez recientemente fue nombrado director musical del Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, asumiendo el puesto que había ocupado su tío, José “Pepe” Martínez padre, durante casi cuatro décadas. Dentro del ambiente mariachero, a Carlos, un joven de 34 años de edad, se le considera la persona más indicada para este puesto.

Carlos pertenece a una familia de distinguidos músicos de mariachi oriundos de Tecalitlán, Jalisco. Su abuelo, Blas Martínez, tocó con el Mariachi Vargas en los años cuarenta. Su finado padre, Fernando Martínez y su tío, Pepe Martínez, fueron miembros fundadores del Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. En 1995, Carlos se unió al grupo, donde fue el más joven de cuatro hermanos integrantes. En 2001, se convirtió en el director musical del Nuevo Tecalitlán, donde permaneció hasta unirse al Mariachi Vargas en marzo de 2014.

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Carlos Martínez makes Texas debut as musical director of Vargas

Foreground: Fernando Velásquez, Carlos Martínez, Arturo Vargas,
and Andrés González of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán

Guadalajara native Carlos Martínez was recently appointed musical director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, replacing his uncle, José “Pepe” Martínez Sr., who held that post for nearly four decades. In the mariachi world, 34-year-old Carlos is widely considered the best candidate for this role.


Carlos was born into a family of distinguished mariachi musicians native to Tecalitlán, Jalisco. His grandfather, harpist Blas Martínez, played with Mariachi Vargas in the 1940s. His father, the late Fernando Martínez, and his uncle, Pepe Martínez, were founding members of Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán. In 1995, Carlos became the youngest of four brothers to join that group, and in 2001, he became Nuevo Tecalitlán’s musical director, a position he held until leaving to join Mariachi Vargas in March of 2014.

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Angélica Vargas launches debut CD in Austin


“I want to fill the hearts of everyone who hears my songs with joy.”
                                                                   —Angélica Vargas

Eleven-year-old vocal prodigy Angélica Vargas will officially launch her first CD when she opens for Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán at Mariachi Vargas en Concierto, coming to the Long Center in Austin, Texas on June 7.

Angélica was born and raised in San Antonio. She made her stage debut at age six, as a contestant in the 2009 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza vocal competition, where she won first place in her category. After extensive local performances and appearances in two films, she competed in Televisa’s Lo Que Más Quieres contest, where she sang a duet with her father, Manuel Alcaraz Vargas, and won the grand prize—a trip to Hawaii with her family. Upon returning from that trip, she began recording her first CD.

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Master vocalist Steeven Sandoval leads Summer Mariachi Vocal Camp

 Steeven Sandoval

Plans are in place for an outstanding mariachi summer vocal camp in San Antonio, from June 23 through 27. There is still time to register, so be sure to call Sandra today at 210-225-3353, or email her at Registration deadline is Monday, June 2.


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Carlos Martínez named Mariachi Vargas’ musical director (part 2)

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Carlos Martínez

Last month, published an interview with Carlos Martínez in which he shared his feelings about becoming director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. In this second part of the interview, Jonathan Clark speaks with Carlos about his family and his musical career.

JC: Please tell us a little bit about yourself, Carlitos.

CM: My name is Carlos Efrén Martínez Arreguín. I was born on May 16, 1980 in Guadalajara, Jalisco. My father was Fernando Martínez Barajas, a trumpet player who, along with my uncle Pepe Martínez, founded Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán in 1965. My mother is Teresa Arreguín Arellano. Both of my parents were born in the village of Tecalitlán. There are nine children in my family—five girls and four boys.


JC: In what order were the four brothers of Nuevo Tecalitlán born?

CM: The oldest is Fernando, then Ángel, then Alejandro. I’m the youngest of the four.


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