Tucson: International Mariachi Conference

The Espectacular Concert - The 27th Annual International Mariachi Conference

April 22-25 TUCSON: 27th Annual La Frontera International Mariachi Conference - TCC & Reid Park, Tucson’s largest cultural event with educational workshops in mariachi & folklorico dancing, Participant Showcase, Espectacular Concert, and Garibaldi Fiesta.

The best mariachi musicians performing before standing room crowds, this year’s performers are Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Cobre and Pedro Fernandez.

Thursday, April 23, 2009: Participant Showcase - TCC Music Hall, students that take part in the mariachi and baile folklorico workshops have the opportunity to strut their stuff, glimpse into the future of mariachi and baile folklorico, part of the International Mariachi Conference, $10, 7 pm, 520-838-3908 or www.tucsonmariachi.org

Special Guest Linda Ronstadt at the La Frontera Tucson International Mariachi Conference Espectacular Concert

Native Tucsonan, Linda Ronstadt, is back and the special guest at the La Frontera Tucson International Mariachi Conference’s Espectacular Concert on April 24, 7 pm at the Tucson Convention Center Arena.

Also appearing is Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, El Mejor Mariachi del Mundo (the best mariachi in the world). Formed in 1898 in Tecalitlan, Mexico, they are a 5th generation mariachi offering a wealth of tradition and variety of Mexican songs with wonderful compositions and classical melodies. They have recorded more than 90 CDs and appeared in over 200 films. They were one of four mariachis that collaborated with Linda on her very well received Canciones de Mi Padre that won her a Grammy in 1987.

For their 23rd consecutive year performing in Tucson is 2009 Grammy award winners Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano. Nati Cano is credited with taking the mariachi tradition from the streets of Mexico to some of the most prestigious concert halls in the world.

Los Camperos also collaborated with Linda on her Canciones de Mi Padre as well as her Mas Canciones album. In 2008 they released their third CD with Smithsonian Folkways, Amor, Dolor y Lagrimas: Musica Ranchera and won the 2009 Grammy for Regional Mexican Album.

Tickets to the Espectacular Concert are $48, $68 and $88 (includes T.C.C. Facility Fee) and can be purchased by going to the TCC Ticket Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or through the LFTIMC Coordinator’s office, 520-838-3908.

Each year proceeds from the LFTIMC benefit children’s services of La Frontera Center, Inc. This non-profit organization reaches out into the community to help where other social programs fall short.

With the continued assistance from the LFTIMC, La Frontera Center, Inc continues to make a positive impact on the families and children of Southern Arizona.

For more information contact Lolie Gomez, Conference Coordinator at 520-838-3908 or via email at [email protected]

Tickets to the Mariachi Conference are $46-86, 7:30 pm, 520-838-3908 or www.tucsonmariachi.org.

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