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The Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) and Metropolitan State University of Denver, Music Department (MSU Music) are excited to announce internationally renowned recording artists Mariachi Cobre to headline this year’s Viva Southwest Mariachi Conference and are thrilled to partner with Empowered to co-host Festival Garibaldi for a weekend celebrating Mexican music, dance, food, education, and entertainment!  

 

We proudly present the 6th Viva Southwest Mariachi Conference for musicians of all ages and backgrounds across armonia & guitarron, trumpet, violin, and voice. Workshops will be led by Mariachi Cobre along with Master Educators across the country including Dr. Jeff Nevin and Dr. Lorenzo Trujillo, and others.


The weekend includes activities on Auraria Campus for the entire family/community, including workshops, Mariachi and dance performances, and a headlining concert with Mariachi Cobre at the King Center. This year, Viva Southwest is proud to partner with Empower to co-host Festival Garibaldi, a free community festival celebrating local Denver Mariachi and Folklorico groups. Festival-goers can enjoy over 25 performances showcasing traditional music and dance, making it a vibrant celebration of Mexican culture.

 Spring Conference, Mariachi Educator Workshop & Ensemble Masterclasses

Join us for a free community festival & experience Disneys premiere Mariachi Cobre

who will lead the conference culminating with a ticketed concert. 

The weekend includes free and paid activities on Auraria Campus for the entire community.

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Festival Garibaldi April 19, 2024 | 5:00-10:00 PM

The conference will partner with Empowered to co-host Festival Garibaldi, a free community festival celebrating local Denver Mariachi and Folklorico groups inspired by the famous plaza in Mexico City. Festival-goers can enjoy over 25 performances showcasing traditional music and dance, making it a vibrant celebration of Mexican culture.

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Mariachi Cobre Concert April 20, 2024 | 7:00-9:00 PM

Viva Southwest Mariachi Conference will present a Night with Mariachi Cobre at the King Center on the Auraria Campus. Tickets available for purchase, proceeds will benefit Mariachi education for years to come.

Viva Southwest Mariachi is Sponsored By

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A Night of Cultura, Mariachi and the Denver Nuggets @ Ball Arena

The LCAC’s First Fundraiser of the Year

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All-State Mariachi Estelares

Viva Southwest has education at its core. The All-State group brings the best youth talent across the state to provide financial development workshops and career opportunities.

2024 Auditions are OPEN until March 15, 2024. Music Directors can learn more and nominate a Mariachi Here

2023 All-State Mariachi Estelares

  1. Bright Ansah, Denver, Trumpet

  2. Sarahi Carreon Gonzalez, Boulder County, Vihuela

  3. Genesis Ceniceros Tarango, Adams County, Vihuela (2nd Year)

  4. James Ildefonso, Pueblo County, Guitar 

  5. Rafael Keily, Pueblo County, Guitarron (2nd Year) 

  6. Melanie Paredes Briones, Adams County, Guitarron

  7. Paola Ramirez, Boulder County, Trumpet (2nd Year)

  8. William Trevizo, Denver, Violin (2nd Year)

  9. Javier Vela, Denver, Vihuela 

  10. Angelina Velazco Perez, Denver, Violin (2nd Year)

  11. Samantha Zavala, Aurora County, Violin

Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival in the Fall

Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival (VSMF) celebrates its 3rd year with an evening of Mariachi! We proudly announce that the 2024 VSMF is returning to Levitt Pavilion Denver. Join us for a spectacular night of Mariachi as we celebrate the best Youth talent across the state with the Mariachi Estelares, and a star-studded headliner.

More announcements coming soon. Stay tuned!

View the Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival 2023 Photo Gallery Here

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