Annual festival celebrates music
of Mexico, young performers
Texas State’s Mariachi Nueva Generación will perform at the Feria del Mariachi concert March 23.
By Audrey Webb
The origin of the word mariachi has been the source of some debate. Some linguists believe it comes from the French word mariage (marriage), while others claim its origin is in the name of the wood commonly used for dance floors in Mexican dance halls. If you want to know the true meaning of mariachi, we suggest you leave the lingo wrangling to the historians and just attend this weekend’s 14th annual Feria del Mariachi. Continue reading
13th Annual Feria Del Mariachi
fires up culture at Texas State
The Texas State University School of Music will host the 13th annual Feria del Mariachi conference and festival March 2-3 at various venues in San Marcos.
Tickets for the event are $5 for students with valid Texas State identification, $15 for general admission, $20 for preferred seating and $50 for the Noche de Gala Dinner and preferred seating during the Feria del Mariachi concert.
The two-day list of festivities includes a mariachi competition for middle school, high school and college-level ensembles at San Marcos High School that is free to the public, workshops on vocal and instrumental techniques, a clinic with the international award-winning group Mariachi 7 Leguas and a concert featuring both Mariachi 7 Leguas and Texas State University’s Mariachi Nueva Generacion. The finale concert will take place at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in San Marcos and will be hosted by celebrity master of ceremonies Valente Rodriguez of the “George Lopez” show.