A Mariachi Festival headlined by Mariachi Vargas will begin 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. Also featured will be Monica Trevino, Mariachi Sonido de Mexico and Ballet Folklorico Tapatio.
The 14-member Mariachi Vargas group is led by Carlos Martinez, who was named a musical director following the passing of the group’s legendary leader Jose “Pepe” Martinez, who led the group for nearly three decades and wrote the music for the world’s first mariachi opera, “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna.”
Trevino retired from Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, with whom she toured and recorded alongside legendary Mexican artists such Lucha Villa, Juan Gabriel, Aida Cuevas, Vicente Fernandez, Linda Ronstadt and Luis Miguel. She recently reemerged on the music scene with the 2016 release of her first solo album “Lindos Ojos.”
Mariachi Sonido de Mexico is a professional group of college students and working professionals under the direction of Andrea Gallegos and Salvador Gallegos. The group has participated and been recognized in several national and international conferences, including the Encuentro Internacional del Maraichi y la Charreria in Mexico.
The more-than 150-member Ballet Folklórico Tapatío has been entertaining audiences for nearly 20 years. Under the direction of Sergio Valle and the leadership of owner and founder Eduardo Baca Sr., and with the help and support of Lupe Klein Aviles, Ballet Folklórico Tapatío’s mission is to provide a healthy, safe and inspirational environment in which children and young adults are given the opportunity to learn about Mexican culture and history through traditional regional dances.
Media personality Jose Armando Ronstadt will emcee the event inside the 1,364-seat theater.
Tickets are $40. Info: phoenix.ticketforce.com/ordertickets.