16 Apr Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara
The entertainment will be in full swing all weekend long at this year’s Cinco de Mayo Fiesta as the internationally acclaimed Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara returns to Portland to share their talents and love of traditional Mariachi music!
This year, there will be seven special performances over three days by the Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara whom will be joined onstage by the swirling dresses and stomping feet of the Ballet Folklorico Mexico En La Piel, from Forest Grove.
Between the 18th and 19th century, Mariachi music originated in center-West Mexico in the state of Jalisco, where Guadalajara is located. A Mariachi group is a musical expression tradition that can be defined by having anywhere between five to 10 musical members that all play mariachi instrumentation and texture, musical genres and subgenres, performance methods and styles, singing styles and dance styles. Each element has its own history, originated at varying moments in time and in different regions of the Western Mexican countryside, and some, if not all, had to converge in order for the mariachi tradition to become what it is.
The Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara was founded in 1989 and is made up of eleven members who are all part of the local government in Guadalajara. According to the Musical Directo Antonio Ortiz Venegas, the main objective of the group is to “rescue and maintain the tradition of Mexican music.” Concerts, recitals, and educational programs allow the Mariachi group to offer children and the general public the most select of its musical heritage.
The Mariachi Ciudad de Guadalajara travel all around the world performing over 100 shows each year including France, England, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Cuba, USA, Japan, and Guam. For over three decades, 11 of the best Mariachi musicians in the world fly in from the historic Teatro Degollado in Guadalajara, Mexico to perform live in Portland.
This family-friendly event is included as part of the Portland Cinco de Mayo Fiesta entrance fee. Admission is $10 for adults and kids 13 and over; $7 for kids 6-12 and $7 for seniors over 62. Kids 6 and under enter free! The Fiesta will be open from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm on Friday, May 3, Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5.
Here are all the social media tags that you will find all the Cinco de Mayo updates:
Cinco Facebook: @portlandcincodemayo
PGSCA Facebook: @guadalajaraportlandsca
Cinco Twitter: @pdxcincodemayo
Cinco Instagram: @portlandcincodemmayo, #pdxcincodemayo