Mariachi Mystery Tour, a group of accomplished mariachi musicians that play a fun and festive repertoire of songs by The Beatles, will perform a free concert Saturday, July 9, on the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) main stage as part of the ongoing SCV World Music Free Concert Series.
Founded by musical director Lorenzo Martinez, Mariachi Mystery Tour features a nine member mariachi band from Albuquerque, New Mexico and the talents of Martinez’ brother and musical partner Roberto Martinez Jr., who is also the group’s lead singer and guitarist.
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With the ability to play nearly any song from the Beatles extensive catalogue, the members of Mariachi Mystery Tour have successfully re-imagined the music of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — while remaining true to each song’s spirit.
“We don’t have the electric guitar and drums, but we can do just about any Beatles song,” said Martinez Jr., who also sports a black suit and mop-top hairstyle while on stage.
All songs are performed in English, with some presented in traditional Beatles musical arrangements and others featuring a more distinctive mariachi flavor. But for the members of Mariachi Mystery Tour, the result has been the creation of a new and vibrant musical form, widely described as “a tour-de-force artistic and cultural collision.”
“Most people say ‘mariachi and The Beatles, who would have thought?’” Martinez Jr. said. “But after seeing a show they’ll leave thinking ‘wow it makes perfect sense.’ It’s just beautiful music, and it works very well together.”
Mariachi Mystery Tour will perform in its California debut at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 9, on the PAC mainstage. Admission is free, with seating available on a first come, first served basis. Doors will open at 7 p.m.
“It doesn’t matter what your background is, this concert is going to be a great time, for kids to older adults and everyone in between,” Martinez said. “You’ll not just be able to hear the music, you’ll be able to experience it in a whole new way.”
This concert is being presented as part of the SCV World Music Free Concert Series, with sponsorship from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, LA County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, The Wild Beast at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), and the Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center (PAC) at College of the Canyons, in association with Levitt Pavilions.
With funding support from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission administers the sponsorship of free concerts at community venues throughout the county, to provide citizens with access to quality music programming which represents the diversity of the county’s residents.
“We are proud to be part of this new series and thank our partners and sponsors for helping to make this concert happen,” said PAC managing director Adam Philipson. “Bringing new music to this valley, in a variety of venues, is part of our mission to provide high quality arts entertainment to all Santa Clarita residents.”
Future performance dates in the SCV World Music Free Concert Series include:
On Ensemble — 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at Dr. Richard H. Rioux Memorial Park in Stevenson Ranch
Lisa Haley and The Zydekats — 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Castaic Lake
Te Vaka — 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at the PAC
For more information about the SCV World Music Free Concert Series or the Mariachi Mystery Tour concert on July 9, please visit www.CanyonsPAC.com or call the PAC Box Office at (661) 362-5304. For more info about Mariachi Mystery Tour please visit www.mariachimysterytour.com/.