The Rio Grande Valley is the proud home of Mariachi Aztlán, a sixteen-member group of students and professionals based at the University of Texas, Edinburg. Selected numerous times as the “Outstanding College or University Mariachi” in nationwide competition throughout the past twenty years, Mariachi Aztlán has performed at the White House, the Hollywood Bowl, the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Mariachi Aztlán premiered the stage production of Cruzar la Cara de la Luna, the world’s first mariachi opera in collaboration with the Houston Grand Opera in 2010 and premiered El Pasado Nunca Se Termina with the Chicago Lyric Opera in 2015. Mariachi Aztlán released their first CD, Mi Nombre Es Mexico in 2015. Mariachi Aztlán perform with Viva April 26 – 29. April 28th, they will be bringing the concert to Guadalupe’s City Hall.
¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! was founded in 2006 on the belief that everyone deserves access to the inspiration and joy of live performance. A leader in community outreach in Santa Barbara County, Viva is a collaboration between Isla Vista School, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, The Marjorie Luke Theatre and UCSB Arts & Lectures. Each Viva weekend starts with cultural programming in schools and afterschool programs, and culminates in free performances of music and dance that distinguish our Latino heritage at neighborhood venues in Isla Vista, Santa Barbara and Guadalupe.