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Mariachi Sol de Mexico 

A festive sound comes to the Tower

Grammy-nominated Mariachi Sol de Mexico performs at the Tower Theatre, 3/8.

Photo courtesy of the Tower Theatre.

Grammy-nominated Mariachi Sol de Mexico performs at the Tower Theatre, 3/8.

Mariachi Sol de Mexico is a 13-piece band that plays the traditional sounds and experiences of Mexico. This genre of music is said to have originated in the 19th century in the southern state of Jalisco and is a mostly male-dominated style of music. In a culture that is very much patriarchal, it is said that while the women did their part to create the family meal, the men would be in charge of the entertainment. Time and gender-role shifting in today's world has opened up opportunities to women. However, most of the music that is still written predominantly refers to the struggles that men face with women, love, politics and revolutions, both current and of folklore.

If the word "mariachi" does not ring a bell, surely the band's matching performance ensembles would. All members of a group, including Mariachi Sol de Mexico, wear traditional hats usually peppered with colorful lace or accented puffs. Embroidery within their attire is also a staple. These "charro suits," as they are called, are the preferred uniform amongst bands in this genre. Another distinguishing trait commonly associated with this style of music is the number of members or instruments, which make up the group. In reference to this, the motto is, "the more, the merrier."

Mariachi Sol de Mexico stands out from the crowd by creating near-perfect mariachi music. Leader Jose Hernandez holds the group to high standards that led the mariachi band to go platinum and be nominated for a Grammy. Together since 1981, Mariachi Sol de Mexico is much more than just a concert. They play with their heart, with their traditions and with their passion. It is an authentic cultural experience that should not be missed.

Mariachi Sol de Mexico

March 8, 7:30 p.m.

Tower Theatre, 835 NW Wall St., Bend

Res. Seating: $28, $38, $48

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