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Renowned Musicians To Shine At Mariachi Festival

September 18th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Renowned Musicians To Shine At Mariachi Festival

By Colleen Sparks, Managing Editor

The trademark sounds of trumpets, violins and guitars delivering dramatic melodies while dancers twirl in colorful skirts as they celebrate Mexican culture will return in a popular festival in October.

The Chandler Center for the Arts and C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona will deliver the 19th annual Mariachi and Folklorico Festival at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

For the first time, there will be the Youth Mariachi Showcase, at 7 p.m. Oct. 5, at the arts center. The youth performers will have participated in the C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona Mariachi Music Workshops Oct. 3-5 at Hartford Sylvia Encinas Elementary, 700 N. Hartford St. Students who take part in the youth festival will perform with the professional mariachi groups at the Oct. 6 show.

“This is a very professional concert with world-renowned mariachis who are the headliners of the event,” said Vanessa Ramirez, president of the nonprofit organization C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona. “We are excited to have our very well known and loved emcee Jose Ronstadt.”

Ramirez, founder and director of Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, said students in the workshops may perform with “musicians that they admire.”

“They have that special opportunity of working with them throughout the week,” she said.

Dancers from Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ will perform at the mariachi festival. They range from middle schoolers to college students.

The mariachi performance will feature well-known groups Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr. of the Los Angeles area and Mariachi Sonido de Mexico of Tucson. Also, mariachi singer soloist Sandra Guevara of Guadalajara, Mexico, will perform at the festival, backed up by Mariachi Sonido de Mexico, Ramirez said.

Jose “Pepe” Martinez Jr. has performed for more than 30 years, inspired by the music he was introduced to as a young boy, according to the Mariachi Angeles de Pepe Martinez Jr. website. His father, known affectionately as “Don Pepe,” was his biggest teacher and mentor and he made mariachi music an institution. Don Pepe led Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán to international fame during his 40 years of musical direction.

Mariachi Sonido de México for almost 20 years has performed music symbolic of Mexico with audiences around the Southwest, the group’s website said. The award-winning mariachi ensemble has performed in many festivals and conferences including El Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charreria in Guadalajara, México; and Albuquerque Mariachi Espectacular.

Last year, the mariachi festival at the Chandler Center for the Arts sold out, with at least 1,450 people in attendance.

For more information on the Mariachi and Folklorico Festival visit To register and get details on the C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona Mariachi Music Workshops, visit

Chandler Center for the Arts/ C.A.L.L.E. de Arizona