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The Festival was founded and created by artist/producer, Rodri J. Rodriguez, as a way for generations to share in the musical tradition with the sounds of beautifully crafted music and the rich colors of costumes and ballet folklorico. “I am jazzed to celebrate 27 years at the Hollywood Bowl to share the music and talent of the mariachi groups and dancers joining us this year,” commented Rodri J. Rodriguez. “For 27 years, we have brought the best of mariachi to this venue and June 25, 2016 is no exception. It’s great to see so many families come together annually to celebrate with us and feel pride in their rich heritage and traditions. Mariachi music is a fundamental part of Mexican heritage and the music creates an atmosphere that is powerful indeed.”
Creator and Executive Producer Rodri J. Rodriguez has overseen the phenomenon ignoring naysayers since the Festival’s inception.
While in awe of her creation’s success in bringing the music of the mariachi to the forefront, Rodriguez, the gutsy Latina who took a leap of faith in creating and producing the Festival in 1990, is well aware of the challenge she faces in producing the nearly five hour extravaganza which fills the Hollywood Bowl every year. “The success of the Festival does not rely on star drawing power because I have always positioned the Mariachis as the stars and the success is due to our fans that show up year after year for standing ovation performances by each and every group.”
For Rodriguez herself, a Cubana who came to the United States as part of the Operation Pedro Pan exodus and later fell in love with the traditional music of Mexico, the MARIACHI USA® Festival will always be about keeping traditions
Founded and created by artist/producer, Rodri J. Rodriguez, as a way for generations to share in the musical tradition full of rich color and the sounds of beautifully crafted music.
The MARIACHI USA® Festival was created in 1990 to celebrate the rich mariachi music tradition that many Mexicans take pride in and non-Mexicans embrace as the happy music of the world. The nostalgia and history that explodes with each note of mariachi music brings delight and pride to many Mexicans and Mexican Americans in the United States. Today, it is enjoyed across the world and by countless ethnicities.