Sunday, October 18, 2009

Mariachi is a type of musical genre from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Usually a mariachi consists of at least three violins, two trumpets, one Spanish guitar, one vihuela (a high-pitched, five-string guitar) one guitarrón (a small-scaled acoustic bass) and occasionally a harp. They dress in silver studded charro outfits with wide-brimmed hats. The original Mariachi were Mexican street musicians or buskers. Many mariachis are professional entertainers doing paid gigs in the mainstream entertainment industry. Professionals are normally skilled at more than one instrument, and they also sing. They sometimes accompany ranchera singers such as Vicente Fernandez or even pop star Luis Miguel. Although ranchera singers dress in a traje de charro (Charro suit), they are not mariachis.

Although mariachis are hired to play at events such as weddings and other formal occasions, such as a quinceañera (a girl's fifteenth birthday celebration), they are very often used to serenade women because many of the songs in a typical repertoire have as a theme the desire to touch the heart of the opposite sex. Whether you want the Mariachi band for:

• Cumpleaños ~ Birthdays parties

• Matrimonios ~ Weddings

• 15 años ~ Sweet s16th

• Aniversarios ~ Aniversaries

• Bienvenidas ~ Welcome parties

• Fiestas ~ Parties of all types

• Serenatas ~ Serenades

You need to make sure they are reputable as they normally require a down payment to schedule the event. Prices vary widely and can be quite reasonable in areas with a high Hispanic Latino population and much higher where the Hispanic-American population is low. As with most Latin cultures the first price they give you is not necessarily the best as they expect haggling so try to counter offer and you may be surprised. Miami prices can be as low as $150 for 8 songs for example which is a performance of 30-40 minutes. California and Texas prices may be even lower. Also in low event activity days such as Mondays, the prices may go down even further.

Not all Mariachi bands are the same and you should listen to recording of their song before deciding on their abilities for your event. There is nothing more beautiful to impress a woman than a serenade by moonlight and Mariachi bands do that with great skill and practice. Mariachis are great for all occasion and add spice and liveness to any occasion even to corporate parties. For a relatively low fee you have great visual, musical, and interactive entertainment in one package that most people in your event will not forget. A good mariachi band does not just sing, they entertain, they motivate the event goes to participate in well known songs and they bring song and dance everywhere they go even if the song and dance lies only in two hearts in love during a serenade!

To find Mariachi bands on the internet the best place to find them is Real Latin Pages which specializes in Hispano-American business and brings the latino world together under one site. But Google and other popular search engines with local search capabilities is also good.

Visit to support the Hispanic business community in the USA, Canada, and Puerto Rico and take advantage of our free listings even if you are not a Latino business, you can be found by the Latin community that supports businesses that care to cater to the Hispanic-American community.

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