When speaking about Mariachi music, there is one group that always seems to top all the best of the best lists and that is Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán. Formed in 1898 in the small city of Tecalitlán, to the south of Jalisco, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán is now in its 6th generation of performers. The first incarnation began as a quartet and now, over 117 years later, the band boasts 12 seasoned musicians, under the artistic guidance of maestro, and former musical director of RCA Records in Mexico, Rubén Fuentes.
Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán is the definitive mariachi ensemble, winning numerous awards and accolades, including the title of “World’s Best Mariachi” since the 1950’s.
Over their history, Mariachi Vargas has recorded over 200 albums, including an appearance on Linda Ronstadt’s 1987 album, Canciones de mi Padre, which earned her a Grammy Award. Ronstadt, who also appeared at VPAC this season in conversation, would later tour with the group, exposing international audiences to this distinctive Mexican mariachi sound.