Mariachi is splendor,
a taste of Mexico, musical harmony, an
emblem that unites all people to proclaim
their joy to the world and proudly preserve
mischievous, at other times melancholy,
the valiant mariachi includes guitars,
violins, harps, vihuelas (a rhythm guitar),
and trumpets which lift up notes and rhythms
to produce a contingent of colors. Mariachi
is the voice that accompanies profound
emotion. It is contagious to all who hear
origin of the word mariachi has spawned
different versions throughout history.
Some point at the French word for marriage,
but other studies proved it could be traced
in the Nahualt term MARIA CE SON, found
in a prayer to the Virgin of Pila and
that was mispronounced as Maria-she or
Maria-shi. In the early days mariachis
didn’t have brass instruments, but
back in the 1930’s trumpets broke
in and in 1949 Pedro Iturralde became
the first man ever to record a mariachi
song using two trumpets.
One of the world’s
best-known mariachi bands is the Mariachi
Vargas de Tecalitlan, founded by Silvestre
Vargas with a bunch of relatives and friends
that he taught to read music scores. That
was quite an about-face because until
then mariachi musicians used to play only
by ear. He was the first to dress performers
with campirano uniforms, pants and shirts
made of blankets that eventually got a
new lease on life with many of the greatest
singers of the past century. Those uniforms
resembled the charro garment with long
lines of buttons, spats, and boots. Mariachis
are linked to the state of Jalisco, though
they now are found throughout the country.
One thing is certain: they all croon to
the purest and hottest feelings of the
soul, from love and happiness to broken
hearts and sorrow.
of strength and happiness, mariachi is
elegant and vivacious. In an evening festival,
a magical concert, or accompanying your
meal on the beach or in a restaurant,
the brilliance and heat of a town belts
in unison with the traditional melodies
of the mariachi. Mariachi music is a town’s
ambassador of smiles and pain, a banner
of national sentiment. The maricachi imbues
every poem with heaven, valleys, mountains,
lakes, and flowers. Listening to it, living
it, and enjoying it are pleasures that
Mexicans share with the entire world.
While in Puerto Vallarta
you will encounter roving mariachi bands
offering to play for you on the beach
or in restaurants. The work of a mariachi
is held in high regard here, not at all
akin to how some people might consider
'street musicians' in the U.S. or Canada.
No decent party or celebration in this
part of Mexico is considered complete
without a mariachi band, and you'll often
hear this boistrous music coming from
houses and backyards of families celebrating
a birthday, graduation, coming-of-age
party for a daughter, or reunion.
The restaurant "Chata"
on the Malecòn is a great place
to hear excellent mariachi every night.
The mariachi band is always great, and
in combination with their great menu and
upstairs location across from the bay
makes for a memorable evening of Mexican
food and music.