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¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! Opens with Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán

Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán

The 16-member Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, from Guadalajara in the Mexican state of Jalisco, open the ninth season of ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! at Isla Vista School at 7 pm on Friday, September 20. On Saturday, September 21, they travel to Guadalupe City Hall for concerts at 4 pm and 7:30 pm, returning to Santa Barbara to perform at the Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Jr. High on Sunday, September 22, concerts at 4 pm and 7 pm.

La Cumbre Jr. High and the Santa Barbara Westside Association co-host a unique opportunity to learn and practice with the musicians of Nuevo Tecalitlán in a participatory workshop on Thursday, September 19, 5:30 – 7 pm. El Padrecito’s Dance Studio in Guadalupe will host a workshop on Saturday, September 21, 12 noon – 1:30 pm. Musicians of all levels are welcome to come play together. Please bring your own instrument – or be ready to sing!

With great cultural pride, 15 recordings and constant touring Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán have established a unique mariachi style that delights the public wherever they perform. Since 2002 the group has participated in the famed Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería in Guadalajara as one of the featured mariachis (participating in Gala performances that are the centerpiece of the festival), and they have performed as ambassadors for mariachi music in South America, South Korea, and the United States (Chicago, New York, Wisconsin, Los Angeles, San Antonio, Las Vegas and others). Over the years they have received more than 150 awards and accolades and to many they are known as Guadalajara’s best. “It is a great honor and responsibility to know that we are some of the best mariachis in the nation, that the people really connect with our music and, although we are only they medium, that through us people can feel pride in their national identity,” explains Sr. Martinez.

Based on a vision of accessible cultural offerings for Santa Barbara County’s Latino communities, ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! brings together diverse audiences at free famly events in neighborhood venues on five weekends each year. The program is a consortium of the Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center, Isla Vista School, and UCSB Arts & Lectures, represented by co-ordinators Alíz Ruvalcaba, Graciela Parra, and Catherine Boyer.

Isla Vista School is located at 6875 El Colegio Rd., in Goleta. For more information, call  (805) 893-5037. Guadalupe City Hall Auditorium is located at 918 Obispo Street, in Guadalupe.  For more information, call (805) 343-2939. Marjorie Luke Theatre is located at Santa Barbara Jr. High, 721 E. Cota Street, Santa Barbara. For more information, call (805) 884-4087 x7.  La Cumbre Jr. High is located at 2255 Modoc Road, in Santa Barbara. El Padrecito’s Dance Studio is located at 950 Guadalupe Street, in Guadalupe.

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