Jalisco is especially famous for the Mariachi Bands.
Mariachi music grew up out of a Jalisco variation on Son music, which came about in turn from indigenous Mexican musical styles blending with European instruments. It became popular in the region in the 19th century, emigrated to Mexico City in the early 20th, and from there became a national phenomenon when the post-revolution government turned to it to promote a national culture.
Mariachi was a staple in some genres of Mexican cinema from the 1930’s through the 1950’s giving it worldwide recognition and helping lead it, eventually, to be named a UNESCO Intangible Heritage last year. There are many Mariachi Festivals in Guadalajara around this time of year and you can check them out on Page 20 of this week’s Guadalajara Reporter.
Also we are very fortunate to have our very own Gala del Mariachi en Chapala on Saturday, September 1st, 2012.
It is being held at La Huerta de Serna at 7:00 pm.
There will be three International Mariachi Bands and one National.
The price of this wonderful evening is $150.00 and all proceeds go to the Cros Rojo de Chapala.
Tickets may be purchased at Yoly’s Hair Salon in Plaza Bugumbilias in Ajijic.
This will be a colorful and musically exciting event which you should not miss and the Red Cross in Chapala is a very worthwhile association which serves us all. Come out and enjoy this evening of music, dancing food and drinks.