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Los Galleros to accompany Placido

Home grown Mariachi Los Galleros de San Antonio will have the distinguished honor of performing with the acclaimed tenor, Placido Domingo, tomorrow June 1 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio at 7:30 p.m. This is the second time Mariachi Los Galleros performs with Placido. They accompanied him at his last concert in San Antonio in 2007. Concert-goers can expect a magnificent show. Los Galleros will be accompanying Placido on El Rey, Cocula, Serenata Tapatia and Ella. 

The group was formed in 2006 in San Antonio by Miguel Guzman and Ismael Alatorre. Los Galleros has also made an appearance on NBC’s The Today Show and performed at the wedding of Former President Bush’s daughter Jenna’s wedding. The 12 Mariachi Los Galleros musicians and vocalists who will perform tomorrow evening are Miguel Guzman, Luis Esquivel, Roberto Vargas and Uriel Bibano on violin, Armando Rubio and Justin Acevedo on trumpet, Ismael Alatorre on vihuela, Eric Fernandez on guitarron, Adolfo Estrada on guitar and  Adrian Perez on harp. Violinists will also include Miguel Guzman’s children – Miguelito and Alejandra Guzman.

Felicidades Mariachi Los Galleros de San Antonio. We’re looking forward to seeing another spectacular concert!

Tickets are still available on Ticketmaster.com.


Newest member of Vargas gives exclusive interview

As most die-heart mariachi fans already know, Victor “Pato” Cardenas, the legendary vihuelista from el mejor mariachi del mundo, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, retired in January of this year after 50 years in the group. For a lot of people the news came as a shock, and everyone was interested in knowing more about the musician that would fill his shoes. Mariachimusic.com had the opportunity to interview, Miguel Angel “El Gigio” Barron, after the Corpus Christi concert on May 21. Miguel Angel says that he is honored to have been invited by Maestro Ruben Fuentes to join Mariachi Vargas. Before joining the group, Miguel Angel played with several mariachi ensembles in Guadalajara during his career, including Mariachi Juvenil Jalisciense, Mariachi Juvenil Tapatio, and occasionally with Mariachi Internacional Guadalajara, Mariachi Nuevo Mexico, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan, Mariachi Los Toritos and Mariachi Jalisco es Mexico.

Although Victor “Pato” Cardenas will definitely be missed, Mariachimusic.com welcomes Miguel Angel as the newest member of Mariachi Vargas. Catch Miguel Angel Barron performing with Mariachi Vargas at the Albuquerque Mariachi Spectacular July 8-9 and in San Antonio during the 17th Annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza November 27 through December 4.

The attached interview was conducted by Miguel Angel Barron exclusively for mariachimusic.com on May 22 in Corpus Christi, Texas. The interviewer is Brenda “Lilly” Cervantes with MPR. For more information contact Lilly at 210-225-3353.


Maestro Fuentes to receive Mariachi Hall of Fame Award


The Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque will be held July 6-10, 2011 at the Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. There will be several days of student mariachi and folklorico workshops, mariachi group competitions and showcases, a Mariachi Hall of Fame induction ceremony, and a Mariachi Spectacular concert featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi Sol de Mexico and Mariachi Los Gallos de Mexico. The concert will also feature a special, nostalgic tribute to two mariachi music greats, Lola Beltran and Amalia Mendoza.


Maestro Ruben Fuentes, the director of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, will be inducted into the Mariachi Hall of Fame at this year’s festival. Maestro Fuentes is a classically trained musician who has served as director, composer, producer and arranger with Mariachi Vargas for 60 years. His talent, vision, leadership and musical direction has served as the mastermind in leading the world’s pre-eminent mariachi music ensemble. Maestro Ruben Fuentes will join other mariachi legends such as Don Pepe Martinez, Gustavo A. Santiago, Juan Pinzón Saldaña and Victor “Pato” Cardenas as part of the Mariachi Hall of Fame in Albuquerque.

For more information visit http://mariachispectacular.com/


MV’s Popurri Revolucionario is Posted

Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan arranged a set of beautiful songs that date back from the Mexico Revolucion in Popurri Revolucionario. The songs included in the popurri are El Dorado de Villa, Corrido Villista, El Adios del Soldado, La Valentina, La Adelita and Viva Mexico. These are songs that have been played by musicians for 100 years….songs that I grew up playing as a child more than 30 years ago. It’s so interesting to see young people performing these same songs our grandparents knew but this is the beauty of mariachi music — it’s mutli-generational.

Thanks to Mariachi Vargas for this beautiful arrangement of Popurri Revolucionario and to Nyria Melchor from Dallas who translated the song from Spanish to English. See Spanish lyrics below with English translations.

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Corpus Christi Competition Winners Posted

The 4th Annual Corpus Christi Mariachi Music Fest, which took place May 21, served as host to a concert featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and mariachi group and vocal competitions organized by Moody High Schools’ Band Director Elizabeth Ruiz. The concert included a competition between Del Mar College’s Mariachi Del Mar and Texas A&M’s Mariachi Javelina. Concert goers got the chance to vote for their favorite group and Mariachi Javelina won. Javelina will receive a scholarship to support their mariachi music program made possible by Sames Crow Ford Lincoln, State Farm Insurance and mariachimusic.com. Congratulations to both groups for a job well done!

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Students Prepare for Mariachi Competition

Watch Kingsville students prepare for the 4th Annual Corpus Christi Mariachi Music Fest vocal competitions tomorrow at 9 a.m. at the Wolfe Recital Hall at Del Mar College. They are free and open to the public. Students from Kingsville, San Antonio, Premont, La Gloria, Edinburg, and Corpus Christi will be competing tomorrow for the opportunity to open for El mejor mariachi del mundo, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, who will be performing tomorrow night at Richardson Performance Hall at Del Mar College. The show begins at 7:30 pm. Tickets are still available but are going fast. The Ticket Box Office is located at 101 Baldwin Blvd and is open until 5 p.m. today. It will open tomorrow starting at 2 p.m. up until the start of the concert. Tickets are also available at Click Here for tickets or by calling 361-698-2226.


Casting Calls for “La Academia” to take place in 3 TX Cities

Interested in participating in an international, Spanish television vocal competition and reality show? AZTECA America will host casting calls in 3 Texas cities for the popular TV show “La Academia.” Casting calls will take place in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio this summer. Dates and locations are being confirmed at this time so check back for more details soon.

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Updates re Corpus Christi Vocal Competition

The 4th Annual Corpus Christi Mariachi Music Fest is right around the corner – May 21, 2011. The event includes mariachi group and vocal competitions as well as a concert featuring Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan at the Richardson Performance Hall at Del Mar College. For those  interested in participating in the vocal competition please make note that you need not register with a full mariachi group in order to participate. The only requirement is that participants must be of school age from elementary to high school.

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Extravaganza Winners head to Ashland

It’s official! Winners of the 2010 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza High School Mariachi Group Competition, and Best in the US Vocal winner, have officially been invited to perform at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Green Show this summer. Mariachi Cascabel from Rio Grande City High School, and Karenn Lazo from Roma, will represent the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza in the beautiful city of Ashland, Oregon July 26 through August 1.

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Nydia Rojas announces tour with Vicente Fernandez


Former San Antonio Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza special guest, Nydia Rojas, will be touring with El Rey de la Cancion Ranchera, Vicente Fernandez. The two will headline several concerts in California this month and again later in November.

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