Music Concert: MARIACHI ARCOIRIS DE LOS ANGELES (World’s First Queer Mariachi Band at The Wallis in Beverly Hills)

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by Connor McCormick on August 18, 2021

in Concerts / Events,Theater-Los Angeles

The Wallis’s Summer @ The Wallis Presents
Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles

Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, the world’s first queer mariachi band, presents sounds and rhythms from south of the border in back-to-back performances on Thursday and Friday, August 26 and 27, 2021, 8 pm, on the outdoor stage at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. Showcasing the musical and folklore traditions of Mexico’s rich culture, the unique and dynamic ensemble, which “encompasses what it means to live harmoniously” (Fodors Travel), made history when it created a haven where mariachi musicians who identify as LGBTQ+ come together and perform traditional Mexican regional music in an otherwise “machista” and discriminating subculture of the mariachi world. Led by director Carlos Samaniego, the band features among its ranks Natalia Melendez, the first transgender woman in the history of mariachi.

photo courtesy of Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles

Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles
Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts’ Outdoor Stage
Summer @ The Wallis
9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd. in Beverly Hills
Thursday, August 26, 2021, 8:00 pm
Friday, August 27, 2021, 8:00 pm
for tickets ($30), call 310.746.4000 or visit The Wallis

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