The Kennedy Center

Mariachi Los Amigos


From presidential inaugurations to backyard barbecues, Mariachi Los Amigos has enlivened events in the Washington, D.C. area since 1978, when a group of friends who shared a passion for Mexican mariachi music came together to form what became the area’s oldest, locally-based mariachi ensemble. Over the years, Mariachi Los Amigos has benefited from newer arrivals from the western states, where a major mariachi renaissance has blossomed in Texas, Arizona, California, Idaho, and beyond.

Mariachi music emerged from the ranches and small towns of western central Mexico in the 19th and 20th centuries. As Mexico became more urban, and as radio, cinema, recordings, and television propelled mariachi music far beyond the boundaries of Mexico, where it was embraced by listeners and musicians throughout Latin America and the United States. In the U.S., hundreds if not thousands of mariachi ensembles perform throughout the Southwest. The music took hold in the Washington D.C. area in the 1970s, as the growing Latino population created an audience and a market for the music.

Mariachi Los Amigos performs for a wide variety of events, such birthdays, weddings, baptisms, Masses, wakes, quinceañera debutante celebrations, and more. Concerts and educational programs are among their mission-driven priorities. Recent appearances include the Manassas Latino Festival, the Reston Multicultural Festival, the Día de los Muertos program at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, the wedding celebration of the Mexican ambassador, and Masses in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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Watch Past Performances

Video 12/13/2018: Mariachi Los Amigos

Mariachi Los Amigos—prominent in Washington, D.C.’s musical soundscape since 1978—perform what they do best: straight-ahead, traditional mariachi music. The group will be joined by members of the Baltimore-based Mexican folkloric dance group, Bailes de Mi Tierra.