Hug’s Mariachi de Oro Earns Donation at Mariachi Showcase


 Music plays as crowds gather to listen to the music of their homelands. People cheer and dance with the closest partner. This was the scene on the 22nd of September as the city hosted its annual “Fiesta on Wells” to celebrate Hispanic heritage. The event featured several key aspects of Latino culture like the wide selection of food, Baile Folklorico performed by young dancers, and most obviously the music. Three different Mariachi groups were invited to perform in a showcase including Los PochosMariachi Lobos de Plata from UNR, and Hug’s own Mariachi de Oro. 

The groups donned their trajes and performed exciting tunes for the eager the audiences. They played traditional Mariachi songs like Los LaurelesEl Cascabel, and El Son de La Negra. Vocalists Natalia Alvarez and Javier Hurtado Lopez had their own solo singing performances. Each group was primarily made up of young people in high school and in college. Their music programs focus on the nurturing of musical talent in youths. Like most arts programs, they need funding and support from the community, so the provided for them. After every group had performed, City Councilman Oscar Delgado presented an over-sized check to each of their respective organizations. Each group was given a five-hundred-dollar donation for their performances. 

Although their trajes are impressive at first glance they aren’t all in great condition. They want to look presentable at every performance, so they use them every time. The upkeep of the uniforms however is difficult before because they can only be dry cleaned and they don’t fit every member well. For this reason, the donation will go towards clothing and instrument repair. Now that they’ve gotten some help, they are ready to share their talents again. This coming Thursday they’ll perform at the school’s Fall concert with Hug’s other bands in those same trajes. They hope that through performance they can get more community support so that they continue to share their art.