Who can listen to mariachi music and not have their spirits lifted? The horns, the young singer standing boldly in front of the group in full costume, a feeling of well-being takes over. On Friday, June 24 the public is invited to hear the popular youth group, Mariachi Juvenil Alma de Mexico, perform at Bolado Park at the Wine Tasting held at the Vendor Tent, which is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Mariachi Juvenil Alma de Mexico is a youth and adult music school and a performing group from San Jose area. According to its Facebook page, "MJ Alma de Mexico Academy has been serving the community since 2004" It also states that they now have instructions available in Hollister, Watsonville and San Jose. Mariachi Alma de Mexico provides instruction to youth and they do weddings, birthdays and special events all over the South Bay and San Benito County.
Learning a little about the group, BenitoLink came across a couple of comments on Yelp! about Mariachi Alma de Mexico:
"Being Mexican. Mariachi music is in my blood. Everytime I hear it I feel so good but not every mariachi can do that. This mariachi does in many different ways. First thier (sic) sound is great. I always sing along with them playing. You can really see all the passion and dedication they put into it. Second is that they are all kids except the leader of the group. Because they all so young and dedicated I feel chills when they play because they show you that Mariachi music is not going anywhere." — Jose D. (Sunnyvale)
Writing about Mariachi Alma in general, another writer said, "There are not enough words to express the gratitude I have toward these fine young boys and girls who serenaded my Mother on her 76th birthday. When I first met with Jorge to discuss the contract, I gave him the lyrics to a song I wanted the group to perform. This special song is "El Corrido De Durango", a song very dear to my Mother's heart. When they arrived to our house, (ON TIME) I asked that they perform "Las Mañanitas" as they entered the backyard where we were celebrating my mother's birthday. Since my Mother is hard of hearing she did not notice they arrived, not until they were in front of her. She was very surprised, she reminded me of a little girl looking through a toy store window. And when they sang "El Corrido De Durango" her eyes filled with tears. We all cried with her. Thank you to Mariachi Alma de Mexico for making this an incredible moment in my mother's life," — Evelyn J. (San Jose)
The Horse Show and Rodeo starts at 7 p.m. Youth tickets are $5; adults $10.
Go to the San Benito County Horse Show and Rodeo Website to learn more about the weekend events at Bolado Park.
The public is invited to celebrate 83 years of the Saddle Horse Show and Rodeo June 24-26 2016, at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. Call 831-628-3545 for ticket information.
For more information, you can visit the San Benito County Horse Show and Rodeo web site SANBENITOCOUTYRODEO.COM and on Facebook