November 20th 2016 – 9:30 am – 7:00 pm


The Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation is proud to announce the 26th Annual Mariachi Festival on November 20, 2016. For sponsorship and booth info contact Vendor applications will be available by October 10, 2016.

A complete talent lineup is being completed. Here is a brief description of past performers below.

Mariachi Sol de Mexico

The expression of México’s authentic Musical heritage lives on through the voice of Sol de México®!

Sol de México® embraces the romanticism of México’s land, people and beauty of the heart. Jose Hernandez invites you to enrich your affection for mariachi by experiencing Sol de México’s® dynamic energy and rich cultural expression.

Founded in 1981 by Maestro Jose Hernandez, the platinum selling mariachi band Sol de México® have broken countless barriers in mariachi music, including becoming the first mariachi ensemble to be nominated for a Grammy. Their original rhythms, fresh sounds and inspiring ideas have energized the world of mariachi for over 30 years.

Mariachi Sol de México® continues to travel the world as ambassadors of mariachi music, having performed to sold-out audiences throughout the world including Spain, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Venezuela, México, China, and North Korea.

Mariachi Sol de México® is truly a traveling cultural icon that symbolizes extraordinary musicianship and communal cross-generational joy.

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 Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles

Enriching the medium as America’s first all female mariachi ensemble, Reyna de Los Angeles® bring sensitivity, beauty, warmth and vivacious spirit to the historic art of mariachi.

Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles® has blazed the trail for female mariachi musicians. In a musical landscape where songs are often written by men, from male perspectives, Reyna has created its own history.

Established in 1994, the group had a strong beginning thanks to the mentorship of Lola Bertran, La Reina de La Musica Ranchera. In these early days, Maestro Jóse Hernàndez saw the potential in this all-female ensemble, and fostered the development of the group. Reyna de Los Angeles® has since gone on to record three albums, share the stage with world-renowned musicians like Vicki Carr, Guadalupe Pineda and Lucha Villa, and perform for some of the world’s highest profile celebrities including Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack and Michelle Obama.


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.


Trio Ellas

Trio Ellas

Trio Ellas, Latin Grammy® nominated sweethearts of Los Angeles, have been making waves with a unique concept. Their sound is a result of years working with traditional mariachis blended with each members’ own personal musical background. There are elements of jazz, pop, country, as well as vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters era. They describe themselves simply as “three chicas exploring the music we can make with a violin, a guitar and a guitarron”.

The young trio is composed of Suemy Gonzalez (violin and vocals), a graduate of USC’s prestigious Thornton School of Music, Nelly Cortez (guitarron and vocals), a fourth generation mariachi musician and recreational pilot, and Stephanie Amaro (guitar and vocals), a versatile musician who performs and records in genres ranging from mariachi to electronica. The girls’ high level of musical proficiency has allowed them to circumvent stereotypes and work at a world class level, with a professional track record that includes recordings for artists such as Benjamin Gibbard and Lady GaGa, and live performances with a myriad of top artists ranging from Sheila E to Lila Downs.

Past performances include a sold-out concert at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre, the Hollywood Bowl, the Nokia Theatre, the MALI awards honoring Senator Hillary Clinton, the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and tours to Japan and Colombia as well as features in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Latina Magazine and NPR.

Trio Ellas’s debut album entitled “Con Ustedes…Trio Ellas” achieved a nomination for best ranchero album at the 2012 Latin Grammys, and their most recent release entitled “Noches Angelinas” broke the top 15 in the Latin Pop Billboard Charts and the top 10 on iTunes Latino within the first two weeks of its release. Los Toros

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.


 PAST Performances by:

  • High Desert Mariachi Juvenil
  • Boyle Heights Mariachi Conservatory
  • Mariachi Santa Cecilia
  • Mariachi Corazon de Mexico
  • Mariachi Voz de America
  • CSULA Golden Eagle Mariachi (Mariachi Águila De Oro)
  • Paso de Oro Dance Company de Alicia Mendibles
  • Mariachi Sol de Mexico
  • Mariachi Los Toros
  • Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles
  • Trio Ellas

Master of Ceremonies & Guest MCs:

BlancaAraceliBlanca 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



Council Member Jose Huizar is a proud supporter of the 26th Los_Angeles_City_Seal-logo-654B132286-seeklogo.com_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.

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Thanks to this year’s Lead Sponsors:

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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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