The familiar sounds of trumpets, guitars, and vocal harmonies swirl around the S.B. Bowl every August when some of the world’s best mariachi groups gather for the Old Spanish Days Mariachi Festival. This year, the event takes place on August 6 at the Bowl and includes a grand lineup with the following acts:
Aida Cuevas: Often referred to as “The Queen of Ranchera Music,” Cuevas boasts a 40-year career that has taken her around the world and garnered her two Latin Grammy nominations and one win.
Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles: This all-female mariachi ensemble was established in 1994 and has since shared the stage with world-renowned musicians, such as Vikki Carr and Guadalupe Pineda, and performed for high-profile celebrities including Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, and Barack and Michelle Obama.
Lila Downs: The singer/songwriter performs popular and traditional Mexican music as well as her own originals, into which she often incorporates indigenous Mexican influences and languages. She has one Grammy Award and two Latin Grammy Awards.
Mariachi Sol de México and Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan are also slated to perform.
The Mariachi Festival takes place Saturday, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the S.B. Bowl (1122 N. Milpas St.). Call (805) 962-7411 or see sbbowl.com