600 International Blvd
Brownsville, TX 78520
MARIACHI FESTIVAL SLATED FOR “EL CINCO DE MAYO”
The world-‐renowned Guadalajara based Mariachi “Nuevo Tecalitlan” will perform at the Fort Brown Memorial Center Auditorium on May 5, 2018, as part of the Mr. Amigo 2nd Annual Mariachi Festival and Competition. Texas Southmost College and the Mr. Amigo Association are among numerous presenting sponsors of this two-‐day event held to celebrate Mariachi cultural traditions between Mexico and the United States. “The members of Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan will offer workshops from 8:30 a.m.-‐3:30 p.m. to mariachi students from across the State of Texas on Friday, May 4, 2018” said director of the Mariachi Festival, Berta Guerra. A goal of the Festival is to encourage and promote the pursuit of higher education attendance among the musically talented middle and high school youth. On Saturday, May 5, 2018, various student mariachi groups will compete for the opportunity to perform with “Nuevo Tecalitlan” at the evening concert beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be sold throughout the Rio Grande Valley
for the public to enjoy the most unique cultural collaboration ever presented. The concert will begin with the winner of the vocal competition and the Edcouch-‐Elsa HS based, Mariachi Juvenil Azteca. Official Mariachi Ensemble for the Mr. Amigo Association, “Mariachi Margaritas”, an all female group, will be opening for this event on Saturday May 5, 2018. Doors open at 6:30pm and Concert starts at 7:00pm.
El Mariachi “Nuevo Tecalitlan” was formed in 1965 in Guadalajara, Mexico, by accomplished Mariachi musicians. It quickly became a public favorite. By the late 1960s and 1970s “Nuevo Tecalitlan” had toured Columbia, the United States and Spain being accompanied by mariachi greats such as: Lola Beltran, Vicente Fernandez and Charro Avitia. With more than 50 CDs recorded, “Nuevo Tecalitlan” continues to tour throughout Asia, Central and South America, the United States and Europe. They have become the precursor of the classic mariachi sound and instrumentation. Considered to be one of the most accomplished groups in the world, this 14-‐piece ensemble includes violins, trumpets, guitarron, guitars, vihuela and harp.
The origins of the Mariachi Orchestra date back to the Aztec times. Mariachi instruments are traced to the Spanish who derived string groups of the early 19th century in the Mexican State of Jalisco. Mariachi music now serves as the base to the Mexican son Jaliciense form.
The Mr. Amigo Board President, Mr. Sergio Martinez, stated that “the organization is proud to assist our young musicians by providing them with the opportunity to be taught by professional world renowned group Mariachi “Nuevo Tecalitlan.” “The organization will make this event an annual long standing tradition in Brownsville, and a tradition of
providing higher education opportunities and fellowship with professional Mariachi Ensembles,” said Co-‐Director, Karina Vela.
“Mariachi music, like opera, seems to weave together a long tradition of family and storytelling, both traditions will connect directly to the audience heart,” says Berta Guerra. The music of Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan is melodious and technical and possesses an unceasing glow that reaches into the heart and soul of people young and experienced.
The Mr. Amigo Association is proud to offer these workshops to the students throughout the State of Texas. Mr. Sergio Martinez also stated that this event is a great way to celebrate “El Cinco De Mayo” and a great way to end the 81st anniversary of Charro Days.
This event is proudly being sponsored by Texas Southmost College, Cascabel Cattle Company, Tango Software, Rep. Rene Oliveira, Rep. Eddie Lucio III, Thirlwall Sheet and Metal Company and Pronto Insurance. For sponsorship opportunities and ticket information please call: (956) 442-‐6306. To purchase tickets please visit https://mariachifest.eventbrite.com.