The annual Lake Chapala Society Mariachi Festival celebrated mariachi from both sides of the border
Mariachi bands from San Diego, Los Angeles and Ajijic entertained an overflow crowd Saturday at the annual Lake Chapala Society Mariachi Festival
Finale at LCS Mariachi Fest with all three bands. Photo: Patrick O’Heffernan
Patrick O’Heffernan (Ajijic).- The award-winning Mariachi Estrella de Chula Vista, made its fifth trip from San Diego to the Lake Chapala Society’s annual Mariachi Festival this past weekend, accompanied by the Los Angeles-based Grupo Bella and Ajijic’s young but highly accomplished Mariachi Torres. One of many major bicultural events at the Society’s Ajijic campus, the festival attracted several hundred spectators, both Expats and Mexicans, who were treated to some of the best mariachi from both sides of the border, along with conversations with the musicians and samples of locally grown and distilled Sandy & Daniel Tequila.
Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista. Photo: Patrick O’Heffernan.
Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista is returning to Ajijic for its fifth time. The band began as a high school mariachi band under the direction of now-Ajijic resident Mark Fogelquist as Mariachi de Chula Vista. When members of the original group graduated high school and set off to work or college they wanted to continue playing and touring, so Foglequist organized the musical stars of Mariachi Chula Vista into Mariachi Estrella de Chula Vista. Now one of the best mariachis in the US, Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista has won numerous awards including being named two- time Grand Champions twice at the Albuquerque Mariachi Spectacular.
Grupo Bella from Los Angeles. Photo: Patrick O’Heffernan .
Made up of Grammy Award-winning musicians, Grupo Bella from Los Angeles is an almost all female group that uses Mariachi instrumentation to add a modern twist to Mariachi music while still preserving its essence. Directed by the Grammy-award winning vocalist and composer Vanessa Ramirez who tours Mexico with the band’s harpist Michael Tejada in search of original Mexican music, including mariachi. The band thrilled audiences with zapeteado dancing and violinists who strolled through the crowd while playing.
Mariachi Torres. Photo: Patrick O’Heffernan.
Mariachi Torres opened up the afternoon of mariachi music. Made up of a single family plus two musician friends they stunned the audience with their professional-level skill despite the very young ages of some of the players. Led by their beaming father, Mariachi Torres set thetone for the day – a very high level of talent and a lot of fun.
The Mariachi Festival at the Lake Chapala Society campus is part of the organization’s continuing outreach to the local Mexican community, as well as to Ex-pats who live in or visit Lakeside. Membership is open to all and the society sponsors numerous activities with the Local Mexican Community, including the bilingual Conecciones magazine and monthly gathering to introduce LCS members to people and institutions in the local community.
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