Marfa Dialogues

Mariachi Las Alteñas

30 September 2011

Friday, 30 September 2011
AutoBody Opening Weekend
6-8 pm: Opening reception, with performance by Mick Barr
8:30 pm: Community dinner
9:30 pm: Performance by Mariachi Las Alteñas
The Capri, Marfa, Texas

As part of the opening weekend celebration for AutoBody, Mariachi Las Alteñas will perform live at the Capri on 30 September 2011. Considered Texas’ finest all-female mariachi, Mariachi Las Alteñas have been captivating audiences since 2002. Hailing from San Antonio, these 10 women are dedicated to promoting the majesty of mariachi music, as evidenced by their mantra: “Tradition. Passion. Excellence.”

Known for their exceptional stage presence and harmonies, Mariachi Las Alteñas has performed all over the country — most notably in December 2009 when they performed on Good Morning America . Las Alteñas have also performed at the Go Tejano Mariachi Invitational, where they won first place for “Best Mariachi” in both 2004 and 2005. In 2010 they returned to compete and reclaimed the title.

In a predominantly male industry, this all-female mariachi has made its mark. Las Alteñas’ success goes beyond their music; they inspire audiences with joy and emotion. In short, they‘ll steal your heart. They’re young, they’re driven, and with them…every night is ladies’ night.

    [vimeo 30033126] At the community dinner in celebration of AutoBody on 30 September 2011, the amazing Mariachi Las Alteñas wowed the crowd with their amazing set. The eight-piece band (normally a 10-piece) hail from San Antonio and were founded in 2002 by Valerie Vargas. As Vargas says, “Mariachi music is about love, heartbreak, excitement, passion, about where they come from, about the land, about Mexico. … There’s a lot of pride, a lot of passion in it. I think that’s why people relate to the music so much. It makes you cry, it makes you laugh, it makes you happy. That’s what we try and do when we perform.”

    Listen to Marfa Public Radio’s Talk at 10 interview with Mariachi Las Alteñas.

    AutoBody and its musical performances have been made possible through the support of the Brown Foundation Inc., Houston, National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, University of Michigan, Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, New York Foundation for the Arts, Renwick Gallery, and Ex Vivo Productions. With generous contributions by Jorge Linares and Ballroom Marfa Members.

    Special thanks to Lalo Baeza, Vicki Barge, The Big Bend Sentinel, Mike Benavidas, Joey Benton, Judy Borunda, David Branch, Michael Camacho, John Carpenter, Joe Cashiola, Ross Cashiola, Vicente Celis, Jane & Bob Crockett, Rob Crowley, Cuca Flores, Fort Davis Stables, Jamey Garza, Jerik Gilly, Giraud Pissarro Segalot, David Gouge, Alberto Halpern, Auden Huerta, David Klein Gallery, Jennie Lyn Hamilton, Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Marfa Public Radio, Marfa Recording Company, Marfa Table, Eliseo Martinez, Linda & Bobby McKnight, Caitlin Murray, W.N. Parrot, Pierogi Gallery, Francisco Rosas, Salon 94, Hector Sanchez, Nathan Sarten and the West Collection, Oaks, PA.

    In-kind support provided by Pablo Alvarado, David Egeland & Andrew Friedman, the Hotel Paisano, Jacqueline R. Northcut, Danielle and Adrian Rubi-Dentzel, the Thunderbird Hotel and Tom Rapp & Toshi Sakihara.

    Food by Food Shark.

    Design by Sally Coleman.