Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán
Graciela Beltrán En Concierto!
World renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán returns to Chicago Saturday, March 31, 2018. Celebrated as “The Greatest Mariachi in The World” the hailed ensemble showcases the select tradition of Mexican fold music. With a sound that transports itself across borders, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán fascinates the audience more than ever before.
The history of Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán is divided into five phases (or generations); the first generation from 1897 to 1930, the second from 1931 to 1949, the third from 1950 to 1993, the fourth from 1994 to 2002 and the fifth since 2003 to date.
In 2003 Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán began its fifth generation. Their latest recordings are, “5ta Generacion”, “Sinfonico I”, “Sinfonico II”, and “Penas, Desengaños… Y Amores”. Today the group is composed of two harps, one vihuela, one guitar, one guitarron, two trumpets and six violins. With the added instruments, a new sound has emerged that crosses all international borders. The music they play now ranges from the traditional sones to classical works as well as popurris. In the 100 years since its foundation, the group has gone through some major changes. While there has been some departure from the tradition during that time, the group has maintained its roots through the playing of traditional Mexican sones. In 1997, “Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán” celebrated its first One Hundred years of foundation.
Mariachi Vargas De Tecalitlán is a Mexican folk ensemble of mariachi music created in 1897 by Gaspar Vargas. From 1950 it has been under the artistic guidance of Rubén Fuentes. The group’s musical direction had been the responsibility of Don Jose “Pepe” Martínez from 1975 to around 2013-14. Now the ensemble is under the direction of Carlos Martínez (ex-director of Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan).
Saturday, March 31
5216 W. Lawrence Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60630
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
Enrique De Santiago
José Martínez Jr.
Miguel Angel Barron
The concert also features famed singer Graciela Beltran, “La Reina del Pueblo.”