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Mariachi Los Amigos



Biography

Luis Gonzalez, vihuela
Daniel Sheehy, trumpet
Mario Castro, guitarron
Francisco Soto, trumpeter
Terry Lui, violinist
Chris Lewis, violin

Mariachi Los Amigos was founded in 1979 and has continued to evolve over the years. Los Amigos truly are what their name depicts: a group of friends who share a passion for the lively, extraverted sound of mariachi music. Mariachi music originated among the ranching and farming people of west Mexico in the 19th century that began to gain recognition in the US during the early 20th century. Traditionally found at weddings, birthdays, saint's day celebrations and rural dances, this upbeat style of music was used to inspire celebration at special occasions in Mexico. The popularity of mariachi music has evolved due to the rise of recordings, radio, films and television in the twentieth century and the music has begun to reach audiences in Latin America, North America and beyond. Today, the dynamic sound of mariachi ensembles can be found in the majority of states and all regions. Los Amigos perform a wide repertoire of musical material, from the latest canción ranchera (country song), to romantic boleros, lively polkas and hard-driving jaliscienses. Website: www.mariachilosamigos.com.
  Mariachi Los Amigos