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Viva Southwest is a 2-part program with an Educational Conference and Community Showcase in the Spring, and a Regional Festival and Fundraiser in the Fall.

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Spring Conference & Masterclasses

The Metropolitan State University of Denver Department of Music and the Latino Cultural Arts Center of Colorado proudly presented the 2023 Viva Southwest Mariachi Conference & Showcase on April 14 & 15, 2023.


The Auraria Campus hosted two days of workshops with Master Mariachi Maestros that culminated in an evening showcase featuring participating student groups.

The Conference came back after a three year hiatus, and we couldn't be prouder! We were joined by over 150 students from across the state and announced the 2nd cohort of 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.

All-State Mariachi Estelares de Colorado 

  1. Bright Ansah, Denver, Trumpet

  2. Jair Astorga-Gandarilla, Adams County, Trumpet (2nd Year)

  3. Sarahi Carreon Gonzalez, Boulder County, Vihuela

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

  5. James Ildefonso, Pueblo County, Guitar 

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

  7. Melanie Paredes Briones, Adams County, Vihuela

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

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

  10. Javier Vela, Denver, Vihuela (2nd Year)

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

  12. Samantha Zarat, Aurora County, Violin


Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival in the Fall

We proudly announce that the Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival is returning to Levitt Pavilion Denver. Join us on Mexican Independence Day (September 16th) for a spectacular night of Mariachi. The lineup includes the Mariachi Estelares de Colorado and headliner Latin Grammy Award Winner Flor de Toloache. 


The concert is free with limited VIP Tickets available.

About Flor de Toloache

The all-female group mixes tradition and innovation, breaking boundaries with its edgy, versatile, and fresh take on traditional Latin American music. Like the legendary love potion that the Toloache flower represents in Mexico, the talented New York ensemble casts a spell over audiences with soaring vocals and elegance.

Pre-show + Concert VIP Tickets $65

Elevate your experience by purchasing a VIP ticket to celebrate the best of Mariachi culture and Mexican cuisine. Tickets include a pre-show private reception, along with specialty food and drink that are sure to satisfy the most discerning of tastes.

A Heartfelt Thank You to our Sponsors

MSU Denver

Levitt Pavilion Denver

Denver Arts & Venues

Music Advancement Fund

The National Endowment for the Arts

Sponsorship Opportunities 

There are many ways to get involved in supporting Viva Southwest

- Download Sponsorship Package

- Email Alfredo Reyes at

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