Viva el Mariachi!
The Latino Cultural Arts Center and MSU Denver Department of Music are hosting a free evening concert focused on the Mexican folk music and filled with Colorado talent.
The fifth annual Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival will be held Sunday at the Levitt Pavilion from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Mariachi Fest is part of the Pavilion’s free summer concert series and according to the Arts Center, the festival is an “anchor for Mariachi education across Colorado.”
The event will feature Denver’s Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra and Grammy-nominated performer Lupita Infante. The Center said Infante is the “heir to the Mariachi Dynasty of her grandfather, Pedro Infante.” Her debut album “La Serenata” was nominated for a Grammy in 2019.
Also performing will be the first all-state youth ensemble, Mariachi Estelares de Colorado.
The Center and MSU said 12 high school students from across Colorado were chosen for the musical group. They hail from Denver, Commerce City, Longmont, Pueblo and Westminster, and were coached by MSU Denver music students.
While the event is free, the Center is offering different VIP offerings. For $30, folks can enter Molly’s Spirits VIP Lounge, which includes one free drink and a premium viewing location.
Or viewers can pay $100 and join the Center for a fundraising event before the show. The proceeds will go to the Center and the ticket includes a private Taquitos y Tequila reception sponsored by Casa Bonita Chef Dana Rodriguez. There will also be a meet-and-greet with Infante.