6th Annual Anaheim Mariachi Festival 2011
We invite you to the 6th Annual Anaheim Mariachi Festival And Youth Mariachi Competition to be presented on Sunday October 30, 2011 at Anaheim’s Pearson Park Amphitheatre.
The festival and competition presents and features one of the most revered expressions of Mexican artistry and tradition, the legendary music of the Mariachis. This beloved art form continues to grow in multi-cultural popularity by drawing and uniting the vibrant Latino community along with the ever-expanding Mariachi music fan base composed of patrons from all other ethnic communities.
All proceeds of this exciting mariachi festival will go directly to benefit the children of RHYTHMO INC. MARIACHI ACADEMY. www.mariachikids.com “PUTTING INSTRUMENTS OF HOPE INTO THE HANDS OF OUR CHILDREN SINCE 1996” A recognized 501 (c)(3) public charity EIN 33-0951278
This year’s Festival theme is “¡Viva Los Muertos!” a non-secular ancient veneration and celebration of the dead that dates back to the ancient Aztec empire.
Not to be confused with ghoulish and grotesque images of Halloween, “El Dia De Los Muertos” or, “Day Of The Dead” pokes fun at our universal fate by depicting everyday life scenes with smiling skeletons as well as composition of poems called, “calacas” which give an amusing account on how a loved one, or even a political figure will meet his or her demise. Large altars with pictures of loved ones that have passed are erected and lined with all the yummy food preparations the deceased used to enjoy including sweet bread, chocolates, etc. Keep an eye out for the special day of the dead altar dedicated to all Anaheim icons that have passed, including: George Hanson, Walt Disney, Karl Karcher, Gene Autry and Juan Pacifico Ontiveros to name a few.
As you may expect from Orange County’s premiere mariachi festival, the day will be filled with the usual mariachi groups, Folklorico and Aztec Dancers, and ranchera singers from all over the southland. However, this year we have decided to mix things up a bit by adding groups like Mariachi El Bronx who were recently featured on The Tonite Show With Jay Leno and play an interesting blend of pop/punk a-la Antonio Banderas “El Mariachi” sound. A definite must see.
The Anaheim Mariachi Festival’s “¡Viva Los Muertos” will close with an evening fiesta finale show that features an introspective look at death and dying from popular valiant folk hero Juan Charrasceado, to the legendary Mexican myth of “la llorona”.
We are hoping that you will join with us to insure that the 6th Annual Anaheim Mariachi Festival And Youth Mariachi Competition keeps “Putting instruments of hope into the hands of our children.”