POP! Goes the Mariachi!!!
When I post my new music "findings," I'm often enthusiastic, rarley insistent. This time I'm both.
You have to hear this!
When I lived in Tucson, I was an emissary of a cultural institution. I was expected to attend things I was invited to, like theater, symphony, special city-wide cultural events, etc.
Tuscon holds the largest Mariachi convention each year. It's a week of workshops, performances, and lectures. Like most of those things, I went because I had to. So much of it was really awful, mediocre at best. Two-and-a-half hours of a Paul McCartney symphonic piece, GMWAS!
I was supposed to attend for the opening day meet-and-greet, the usual. The very second I heard just one band, I was dragged in. Some of those Mariachi-only players are magnificent musicians, and at a thing as big as Mariachi Week, there were tons of hot musicans and vocalists. I was blown away!
I went as many days as I could sneak away from the museum, and for as many hours as I thought I could get away with.
I realize that Mariachi isn't for everyone. It can feel a little repetetive and one-dimensional at times, like Cake. So, here they are: MARIACHI el BRONX!
They're an 8-piece outfit from LA. They write contemporary pop songs (good ones with good lyrics), that are arranged and performed full-on Mariachi--the whole schmear--percussion, guitar, guitarono, horns, accordion, strings, backing vocals... And, aside from a few Spanish choruses, they lyrics are all in English!...
"With four different lovers
And 48 roses
I need a confessional
That never closes..."
If you like Mariachi at all, you gotta get this.
Still, selling ketchup popsicles to ladies in white gloves.