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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. 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 (2nd Year)

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

  11. Samantha Zavala, 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, Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra 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.


The $65 VIP Ticket includes a Private Pre-show Reception from 5-7pm at Levitt Pavilion Denver with complimentary:


  • Music by Siembra with Selecta C & Yuca Soul

  • Tacos y Agua Fresca from Taquizas Aguitas

  • Drinks with Tequila Trujillo y Madre Mezcal,

  • Additional Non-alcoholic Beverages and Paletas.

  • Exclusive VIP Lounge with Seating and Shade


***VIP Food & Drink Tickets will be Given at the Registration Table***


Guests may also bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for lounging.


Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival Schedule

Levitt Pavilion Denver ~ Saturday, September 16, 2023


  • 5:00PM VIP Pre-Show Reception Begins

  • 6:00PM General Admission Doors Open

  • 7:00PM All-State Mariachi Estelares Performs

  • 7:30PM Mariachi Sol De Mi Tierra Performs

  • 8:00PM Grito Contest

  • 8:30PM Flor de Toloache Performs

  • 10:00PM Festival Ends

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