19th Annual San José Mexican Heritage & Mariachi Festival


One of the largest Latino heritage and music festival in California, the 2010 San José Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival wraps up a successful first week.  The cultural celebrations included the opening “The Lost Murals of Miguel Covarrubias,” a free art exhibit San José City Hall, premier of the Dan Guerrero’s one-man, ¡Gaytino! (Sept. 16), expanded film series and more.

If you didn’t have a chance to go to any of this week’s festivities, fear not because the Festival has more must-see events scheduled for this weekend beginning with the Bay Area Premier of The Storm That Swept Mexico, on Friday, September 24. Local filmmaker Raymond Telles created a documentary that tells the story of the Mexican Revolution of 1910, its causes and its legacy, using contemporary footage and interviews with participants, historians, and others, as well as with period photographs and motion picture from the earliest days of cinema. 

TRAILER – The Storm That Swept Mexico from Paradigm Productions on Vimeo.

Also, tickets are still available for this Saturday premier of the original mariachi musical, ¡Adelita! The Women of the Mexican Revolution… A Musical Adventure of Mexico. Grammy winner Linda Ronstadt conceived this theatrical piece which is directed and created by distinguished Dan Guerrero. The story tells the gripping story of the women who fought in the Mexican Revolution — a story of bravery, loyalty, courage, love and passion that weaves music, dance, and historic visual projections to create a magical fable.  Additionally, the event will feature a special tribute to civil rights activist and Latino cultural icon Dolores Huerta in celebration of her 80th birthday.

The celebration continues on Sunday, September 26 with a special Mariachi Mass at 10:00 am located at the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Joseph (80 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA).  Afterwards, head to the Downtown San José’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez for the Concerts for the American Dream where the celebration includes a full day of cultural celebrations, food, and musical performances with Los Lobos, Intocable, Los Tex Maniacs, Ozomatli, Mariachi Azteca and many more!

Festivities conclude with Grammy Award winners Los Tigres del Norte, Intocable, and more will appear together in ¡REVOLUCIÓN! La Guerra de las Bandas at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, in the Festival’s second annual music tribute to Cesar Chavez.

For more information of the Festival line up or ticket sales visit http://sanjosemariachifestival.com.