The Mariachi are Mexican musicians that originated in the state of Jalisco (pronounced halisco) sometime in the 19th century. It is more than just music, it is such a part of the Mexican culture.
We are lucky enough to have a local Mexican restaurant, El Tapatio, that has mariachi playing on Friday nights, and what could be better in a Mexican restaurant than enjoying the food and listening to the music. I spent my summers in Mexico with relatives when I was growing up, and hearing mariachi music takes me back there in a flash.
It’s not the norm any more, at least with mariachi groups here in US restaurants, to have a harp. It’s awkward to move around. Last Friday night I was happy beyond belief to walk in to El Tapatio and see a harp amongst the mariachi. That really took me back to a favorite restaurant in Mexico City many years ago, La Fonda del Recuerdo that specializes in food and music from Veracruz.
Take a little listen:
Photos by Angeline M using iPhone 4s with Snapseed processing.