If I had to define Mexican culture in one way, I’d have to say that mariachi music represents the essence of our traditions. The music itself is a true force. It’s magical, traditional, and full of emotion. So when I heard there’s a mariachi festival completely devoted to this art form, you bet I had to know more.
The Mariachi Heritage Foundation, along with the National Museum of Mexican Art, is hosting its 3rd annual Chicago Mariachi Festival on June 24-25. The Mariachi Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit organization, and “exists to affirm, celebrate and preserve the rich cultural heritage of mariachi music and other Mexican heritage arts.” The organization not only put on performances but also cultivates Mexico’s performing arts traditions through its own programs.
And of course, where ever there’s mariachi music, there has to be folklorico! The event is also free and BYOB!! Yeah that’s pretty huge and something to get excited about especially during the summertime.
This year’s headliners include: Mariachi Los Camperos, from Los Angeles, CA, Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, also from Los Angeles, CA, Mariachi Aztlán of the University of Texas-Río Grande Valley, from Edinburg, TX, and Mariachi Herencia de Mexico, from Chicago, IL.
As an added touch, if you’re in Chicago for the mariachi festival then you’ll definitely will not want to miss Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Colima performing that same weekend in a show titled “¡Orgullo de la Tierra Mía!”
This dance show will also have mariachi music, as well.
Click here for information on the Chicago Mariachi Festival that will take place at Millennium Park. And for information on the Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad de Colima “¡Orgullo de la Tierra Mía!” click here.