It has been announced that 2009 San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival Artistic Director Linda Ronstadt will be singing with Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano in Cesar Chavez Plaza around 5 p.m. this Sunday evening, September 27, to close the annual, all-day Feria del Mariachi. I presume she will be singing some of the classic mariachi songs from her landmark CD, “Canciones de Mi Padre.” The very popular outdoor event will be free this year, thanks to the financial support of Target.
Beginning after a 10 a.m. Mariachi Mass in the Basilica of St. Joseph’s, there will be music alternating on three stages around the plaza, ending with the Ronstadt appearance on the main stage. There will also be a children’s area with a series of events aimed at the younger generation, as well as vendors of Mexican food and crafts. It will be a great day for the entire family. Bring your chairs, blankets, open minds and ears and enjoy this unique San Jose event.
Last year, Ronstadt appeared in the Three Divas concert that stunned a packed house at the University Events Center. Her high profile directorship this year has served to bring several top musical artists to the festival, including her friends Joan Baez, Aida Cuevas, Carlos Santana and Los Lobos. It has not been announced whether Ronstadt will appear at the Baez, Cuevas or Santana/Los Lobos events, but I think attendees can consider it a distinct possibility in all cases. I’ll let our readers know anything I find out in advance as I cover the event here on SJI over the weekend.
Before the main events of the weekend, there are many other workshops, student concerts and an educational symposium on learning math through mariachi for those who are interested. Details can be accessed on the festival’s website. The big events of the weekend are:
Friday, Sept. 25: Joan Baez in “A Tribute to the Heroes of Our Heritage” at the Performing Arts Center at 8pm.
Saturday, Sept. 26: “Mariachi Goes to the Movies: A Tribute to the Golden Era of Mexican Films” at the Performing Arts Center at 8 p.m., with a performance by the “Queen of Mariachi,” Aida Cuevas (who was so incredible last year), and Mariachi Cobre.
Sunday, Sept. 27: Feria del Mariachi, three stages in and around Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 10 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., presenting folk dancing and music, family activities and Mexican food stalls. Admission will be FREE this year thanks to Target’s sponsorship.
Monday, Sept. 28: “A Concert Tribute to Cesar Chavez” at HP Pavilion at 8 p.m., with Little Joe y Familia, Los Lobos and Carlos Santana.
For times, ticket information and event schedule, go to the San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival website.
I will be blogging the festival over the weekend under this column so please feel free to join in the discussion.