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.”
Struggling to find a present for a loved one on Valentine’s Day? How about a Mariachi band serenade? That is what Groupon is offering one lucky person.
Almost 17,000 people have signed up to the competition, which will see an authentic Mexican folk band rock up to a workplace or similar location and perform a romantic classic.
Groupon expands: “Kitted out in authentic charro garb, the players will tenderly perform two traditional standards, handpicked for their romantic sentiments and ability to get listeners as hot and heavy as a Guadalajara summer.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”