The Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation is proud to announce the 26th Annual Mariachi Festival on November 20, 2016. For sponsorship and booth info contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Vendor applications will be available by October 10, 2016.
Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar
Jimmy Cuellar “El Pollo” Composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist, multi-Grammy winner and nominee. Mr. Cuellar was the violin, guitarron, vihuela, guitar, and guitarra de glope performer for Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano for over ten years. He has accompanied Latin recording artists: Yolanda del Rio, Mercedes Castro, Humberto Herrera, Lila Downs, Vikki Carr, Aida Cuevas, Linda Ronstadt, Eugenia Leon, Alejandro Fernandez, Beatriz Adriana, Pablo Montero, Jose Feliciano and more. Jimmy has recorded on various productions including the 2010 release of Ry Cooder and The Chieftains, San Patricio. His honors and awards include: Featured artist on the 2005 Grammy Award-winning album, cELLAration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins, the 2006 Grammy Nominated album “Best Mexican Album,” Llegaron Los Camperos: Concert Favorites of Nati Cano’s Mariachi Los Campers, the 2008 Grammy Award-winning album for “Best Mexican Album,” Cien Por Ciento Mexicano by Pepe Aguilar, and the 2009 Grammy Award “Best Regional Mexican Album” Amor, Dolor, y Lagrimas. Mr. Cuellar received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Long Beach Bob Cole Conservatory of Music in 2009
Mariachi Los Reyes
Mariachi Nuestras Raices de Jose A. Gonzalez
Mariachi Nuestras Raices de Jose A. Gonzalez is an internationally recognized group with performances through out Mexico and the U. S.. Nuestras Raices is a group of young musicians that are passionate about their culture and their roots, a passion they love to transmit to their audience.
This ensemble receives numerous invitations to participate in different festivals every year, these performances include being part of the Encuentro Internacional de Mariachi y la Charreria in Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico, the prestigious Rose Bowl in Pasadena California and countless other venues.
Mariachi Los Toros
Mariachi Los Toros began as a childhood dream of their director Carlos Parra in September of 2001. This group of talented, young, and studied professional musicians since the first year of existence have had the opportunity to perform for important festivals and concerts, such as the KCET “Holiday Celebration” at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Recently Opened Up For Epic Rock Band FAITH NO MORE at the Hollywood Palladium. Many Performances at the world renowned Hollywood Bowl. Recorded a Mariachi Version of “Amor Clandestino” for the Group MANA with Producers “Twins Valenzuela”. Mariachi Los Toros has also been invited for 6 consecutive years to El Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi, in Guadalajara. Performing at the famous Teatro Degollado, in Guadalajara. They’ve also had the privilege to receive the Galardon Award from the Camara de Comercio de Guadalajara. Despite their young age and capacity to transmit this great music, members of Los Toros still attend various Universities and Colleges around Los Angeles, most offer private lessons to various community groups or programs. They have also given music workshops at the Denver and Nebraska Mariachi Festivals with some of the members also teaching at the Albuquerque Mariachi Spectacular. They have been featured on various radio stations like El Piolin, KBIG 104, La Raza and Super Estrella. Appeared on SOUTHLAND, THE MINDY PROJECT, SUBURGATORY. Fox, NBC, KTLA and Univision. Recorded the music for a film released in Mexico in 2008 titled “Los Campeones De La Lucha Libre.” They have recorded a total of 3 CD’s with their 3rd album “Amigo Mariachi” released SEP 2010! With the dedication, and passion of their director Carlos Parra and the experience he has gained from being part of some of the best mariachis in the world in past years drives him to arrange with a
new, fresh style and edge which is now “La Nueva Era del Mariachi” Mariachi Los Toros will deliver the best of Mariachi music to your heart.
Mariachi Las Colibri
Steps of Gold Dance Company de Alicia Mendibles
The world’s first and only LGBTQ Mariachi brings Mexican music and folklore to Southern California. We are a dynamic ensemble representing the traditions of a rich culture of Mexico. This unique ensemble was created as a safe haven for mariachi musicians who identify as LGBTQ to come together and perform traditional Mexican regional music in an otherwise “machista” and somewhat discriminating subculture of the mariachi world. Led by director Carlos Samaniego, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles performs its repertoire to suit the LGBTQ community while it maintains the highest level of musicality. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is proud to have the first transgender female, Natalia Melendez, in the history of mariachi as one of its members. Natalia has been featured in a two-part special for Univision news, which depicts her life and struggles as a transgender woman in the mariachi world. Due to the history that Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is making, this ground-breaking an NPR interview about this ensemble has been archived in the U.S. Library of Congress. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles has also performed for Long Beach Pride, LA Pride, Transgender Pride at the LGBT Center in Los Angeles, Mi Centro, The Abbey, Club Tempo, Hamburger Mary’s, many other LGBTQ establishments, as well as for many same-sex and “traditional” weddings.
Mariachi Voz de America
Established in July of 1995, Mariachi Voz de America has had the privilege of entertaining audiences both locally and internationally. They have accompanied a number of international recording artists and have appeared in most of the local television stations and radio stations. They represented the City of Los Angeles in a two-week tour of Jalisco, Mexico in the annual Encuentro del Mariachi International Festival. They were representatives of the Mexican Folklore Culture in a six-week tour throughout France.
Boyle Heights Mariachi Conservatory
Mariachi Olimpico de Roosevelt High School
Master of Ceremonies & Guest MCs:
Blanca Araceli – Is a veteran and accomplished actress, choreographer, director, producer and dancer. Blanca studied Theater and Dance at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico, and her natal city. As an actress she has appeared in several Movie and Television Shows and commercials. “Road to Juarez”, “Feeding Mr.Baldwin”, “Valentine’s Tango”, “East Side Story” & “La Estacion de la calle Olvera”. More than 40 theatrical credits include, “Balada de Un Verano en la Habana”,(U.S.A. , Brazil and Mexico), “Too Many Tamales”, “The House of Bernarda Alba” at the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, “Frida Kahlo”, “Dracula”, “Los Zapatistas”, “The Impostor” (directed by Luis Avalos) and “El Ermitaño”, (directed by the internationally renowned Miguel Sabido). Her original comedy, “Como esta noche no hay dos”, one woman show, has played to full houses at several venues in Los Angeles including the well-known Ice House , Pasadena and Los Angeles, Bohemian Café. As a Founder of Tierra Blanca Arts Center, Blanca brings to the stage innovative and exciting art in drama, dance and comedy. Since 1996 Blanca Araceli has been the Director and Choreographer of Tierra Blanca Dance Company. Her passion for children took her to established “Tierra Blanca Arts Center” in 2002. She has created several programs to bring quality of performance to the whole community to afford, such as : Semblanza Latinoamericana (Annual Folk and Dance Festival since 2007), Patorela , (Christmas musical play since 2008, “Foro de Arte y Cultura ” (an intimate space to share music, theater, art and dance), “Festival Internacional del Monologo 2009 & 2013”, Muestra Cultural Mexicana 2010 & 2011 “, “Antorcha Cultural 2010 & 2011 ” & “Cronicas de Mexico” & “Cultural Summer Camp since 2011”, all shows and programs, which she also produced and Directed. Blanca A Soto’s vision is to establish a cultural center in which our Latino Community finds pride and a great space to share their talent and culture with the rest of the Angelino community, finding a great option for cultural awareness. It will be a great opportunity for communities to unite and get to know each other. “Cultural awareness brings better communities” …Blanca A Soto www.tierrablancaartscenter.org
Guest MCs – Telemundo
Council Member Jose Huizar is a proud supporter of the 26th Annual Mariachi Festival, part of his District 14 in the heart of Boyle Heights. The Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation along with participating local organizations would like to give a special thanks to this year’s sponsors, volunteers, and participants.
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago is glad to join the 25th Annual Mariachi Festival this year as one of the presenters for this event.
Thanks to this year’s Lead Sponsors:
Special Thanks to All our neighbors, residents, local businesses, and community members who volunteer, support, put up with our celebration!
And thank you to our faithful help from Fuego Tech, working with City Plants to help us give out trees again this year.
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