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Wanna Fiesta? Patrón Will Deliver Tequila And A Live Mariachi Band To You

This year, Cinco de Mayo falls on a Friday, which means instead of meeting up with friends for one margarita after work, you have permission to get wild. Throw a party! String up a piñata! Head to Tijuana! It’s the kind of arbitrary holiday (it’s not even celebrated in Mexico) where anything goes. Patrón Tequila is on board for the ensuing antics — and they’ve hired a live mariachi band to help pull them off.

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Takes ‘A Mariachi Subway Ride’ With Kate Spade and Flor de Toloache

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Mariachi band Flor de Toloache takes over a New York subway car in the new campaign for Kate Spade’s summer collection. The all-female band is featured together with model Fernanda Ly in the photos and video teaser for Spade’s fashion tribute to Mexico, which includes embroidered peasant blouses, lace-trimmed flouncy dresses, and a handbag that looks like a potted cactus.

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Local high school mariachi groups win state titles in Texas

 

mariachiHSMcALLEN — The Rio Grande Valley is now home to three new state mariachi champions.

Valley high school mariachi bands captured Class 3A, 4A and 5A Texas High School Mariachi Competition championships Saturday in San Antonio.

McAllen High School took home the 5A title, Rio Grande City High School won the 4A title, and Grulla High School the 3A title.

Of the 26 state-wide finalists within all UIL classes, 11 came from the Valley, said Alex Treviño, director of McAllen High School’s band, Mariachi Oro. Among the 11 Class 5A finalists, five call the area home.

“The kids just did a phenomenal job,” Treviño said of the 15 members of Mariachi Oro. “It’s a hard-working group.”

Mia Treviño, a sophomore violinist and vocalist with Mariachi Oro, wasn’t sure how to describe her group’s state championship.

“It’s such a big title,” she said.

Read more: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_c68b0f80-93b4-11e3-948e-0017a43b2370.html

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Grammy winning artist shares his passion for mariachi music with students


The orchestra hall at Lubbock High School was filled with the distinguishable sound of mariachi music Wednesday, Feb. 5, as students showed off their best skills to guest instructor Jesus “Chuy” Guzman with a rendition of “Los Laureles.”

Guzman — a two-time Grammy award-winning mariachi artist who toured with rock legend Linda Ronstadt — is in Lubbock this week to share his knowledge with students of the craft at both LHS and Texas Tech.

“Mariachi — it’s my life, it’s my passion, it’s my everything,” Guzman said. “I’m here to give my passion, my life to the kids because they deserve it, they want to learn our tradition of music, our passion. I hope my visit to Lubbock gives a good memory to them.”

Guzman grew up in the state of Sonora, Mexico, and moved to the U.S. in 1985, he said. In 1988, he joined the critically acclaimed Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano as a violinist.

The group joined Linda Ronstadt on a tour of the U.S. and Europe in 1988 and was on the road with the singer until 1994 as she promoted her albums “Canciones de mi Padre” — Spanish for “songs of my father — and “Mas Canciones,” which means “more songs.”

Read more: http://lubbockonline.com/education/2014-02-05/grammy-winning-artist-passes-knowledge-passion-mariachi-local-students#.UvPsOPldX84

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Boehner picture causes a stir on Twitter

A photo of a sombrero-wearing Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on the Drudge Report website stirred a passionate Twitter discussion Thursday as House Republicans gathered at their annual retreat to discuss immigration principles.

Republicans are deeply divided over immigration reform, with some in the GOP saying the party needs to move forward with legislation and others decrying plans to give legal status to illegal immigrants as “amnesty.”

Matt Drudge played up the tensions on his site Thursday, leading his page with an image edited to make Boehner appear to be wearing a sombrero.

The image on Drudge’s site, closely watched by the news and political worlds, was linked to a column by conservative writer Ann Coulter titled “Coulter: Republicans on Suicide Watch.”

Some on Twitter applauded the photo, saying they found it humorous.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/twitter-room/other-news/196992-drudge-photoshops-boehner-in-sombrero-provokes-twittersphere

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Carlsbad mariachi group receives recognition

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CARLSBAD >> It was a match made perfect, courtesy of Facebook. Cipriano Anaya said he posted on his page looking for a singer to join him in a mariachi group.

He found one in Olga Dominguez and “Amor y Lagrimas” was formed. It only took a couple of months before the local residents saw what exactly their new partnership could bring them.

It led them to win an award for Best Mariachi Group Award at KUPB-TV Univision’s Stars of the Permian Basin show in November.

And now the pair is getting ready to launch their official album release at Romance on the Pecos, their release party taking place on Feb. 8 at the Walter J. Civic Center. The event will feature the unveiling of the group’s 11-song album and a live performance from the group and other acts.

Although the CD release may seem rushed, they say it could not come at a more perfect time.

Read more: http://www.currentargus.com/carlsbad-news/ci_25057821/carlsbad-current-argus

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Mariachi music becoming popular in nations across the world

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Among Mexican-Americans in the United States, mariachi music has maintained its popularity for more than a century, especially in states that border Mexico, like Texas. But there are now mariachi groups in all parts of the United States and in some European and Asian nations as well.

Mariachi music has long been popular with San Antonio’s large Mexican-American population.

But among the young people performing at this event was 12-year-old Anani Rhames, an African-American girl who fell in love with the songs she heard in Mexican restaurants and on local radio stations.

“I like ‘Las Margaritas,’ which is about daisies and I like ‘El Pastor,’ which is about a shepherd,” she said.

Anani can relate to rural themes because she lives on a ranch and sometimes sings to her horses.

“You can actually connect with them. You can build a bond with them,” she said. “When they hear you their ears kind of perk up and they are like [it is as if they were saying] ‘hmmm, interesting.”

Read more: http://www.voanews.com/content/mariachi-music-gains-popularity-across-ethnic-lines/1826410.html

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Mariachi Divas awarded its second Grammy!

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UC Riverside’s Stephanie Martinez often spends Sundays playing the violin and singing with her group, Mariachi Divas, at Disney California Adventure.
But this past Sunday, Martinez instead walked on stage to accept a Grammy award with her bandmates in Los Angeles.
“We were in shock,” Martinez said Monday. “It’s like, amazing. It’s a steppingstone for women. We feel, if we can accomplish that, what more can we do, and everyone else — all the women out there.”
Mariachi Divas won for Best Regional Mexican Album during Sunday’s pretelecast of the Grammys.
It was the Divas’ second Grammy; the group has been nominated five times.
“I feel like I’m dreaming and I’m going to wake up,” said Cindy Shea, who founded the group 15 years ago.
“It’s amazing. It’s the greatest honor of my life.”

Read more: http://www.pe.com/iguide/music/music-headlines/20140128-grammys-golden-night-for-mariachi-divas.ece

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Did A-Rod quit baseball to play a guitar in a mariachi band?

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Hey, remember when Alex Rodriguez needed that vacation to “rest mentally” after the legal mess he entangled himself in?

Looks like he took it.

Some pictures of the embattled Yankee third baseman, who is suspended for the entire 2014 season, surfaced on Twitter. As the Daily News reported last week, Rodriguez put a new spin on his ban, saying he wanted some time off.

“I think that in the year 2014, the league could have done me a favor because I’ve played 20 years without a timeout,” Rodriguez said. “I think 2014 will be a year to rest mentally and physically prepare myself for the future and begin a new chapter of my life.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/yankees/a-rod-wears-sombrero-plays-mariachi-band-article-1.1588250

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Is the new Mexican Sochi Olympian a Mariachi by night?

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When Mexico wants to challenge the world’s top athletes in alpine skiing, it turns to one man. His name is Hubertus von Hohenlohe, he’s 55 years old, and he dresses in a flamboyant, skin-hugging suit seemingly borrowed from a vihuela-strumming mariachi.

Von Hohenlohe is a force of nature: Germanic prince, a pop singer called Andy Himalaya and Royal Disaster, professional athlete, photographer, lover (presumably), mariachi-suit wearer (most definitely).

Read more: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2014/01/mexicos-olympic-ski-team-one-guy-mariachi-suit/8258/

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600 Mariachis Needed To Break Guinness World Record

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To celebrate the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium, the City of Pasadena and stadium officials announce that a record-breaking attempt of 600 mariachis are scheduled to perform at the Mexico vs. Panama match on Sunday, July 7, as part of the tournament’s opening doubleheader.  Distinguished guests include representatives from local cities, the Mexican and Panamanian consulates and celebrities.  GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS® officials will be on hand to confirm the new record.

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Mariachi Record 2013 will be the largest serenade ever recorded of Mariachis singing together in unison. The serenade celebrates the inauguration of Gold Cup 2013 and the renovation of the Rose Bowl Stadium. Distinguished guests include representatives from both cities, the Mexican and Panamanian consulates, and celebrities. Guinness World Records officials will be on hand to confirm the new record.

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Mini Mariachi Sebastien de la Cruz ignores haters after National Anthem performance

SAN ANTONIO — A local boy who has won national attention through his appearances on a television singing competition has become the focal point of a social media storm.

Sebastien de la Cruz answered the call to sing the National Anthem before Game 3 of the NBA Finals after Darius Rucker canceled at the last minute. The 11-year-old had no idea how much people would be buzzing about the performance.

“When I started mariachi, I knew there was gonna be a lot of politics,” he said Wednesday. “And I’m just a proud American, to be honest.”

Those “politics” didn’t stop the talented singer from standing up at the AT&T Center in front of a national television audience to do what he loves — inspiring others.

After touching the hearts of the nation and bringing San Antonians to tears with his song, a flurry of racist tweets targeted the boy’s heritage.

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