What does the world look like when you're sitting in the cheap seats in the back of a Mariachi Band? Grand Junction's Mariachi San Jose played an event last night, and I felt it was time to give you a "behind the scenes" view of life in a Mariachi.

Okay, so I was the guy in the band who whipped out his cell phone and took a pseudo-selfie from my spot in the guitarron section of the group. Guilty as charged. In any event, this is what I see for a few hours a night. Enjoy.

Do you know what is so awesome about playing in musical ensembles? THE GLAMOUR!!!

This particular version of Mariachi San Jose consisted of 12 players:

  • 1 guitar/vocal
  • 1 lead vocal
  • 3 trumpets
  • 4 violins
  • 3 guitarron
Javier De Los Santos

Last night's (Wednesday, November 9) concert was an homage to Juan Gabriel, a well known composer who passed away recently. The concert, held in the Grand Ballroom at the CMU Student Center, featured several selections, a portion of which were composed by Juan Gabriel.

  • Canta Mi Son
  • Pero No Me Dejes Nunca
  • Viva Mexico
  • Amor Eterno
  • La Negra
  • Besame Mucho
  • La Diferencia
  • Guadalajara
  • Asi Fue
  • Me Nace Del Corazon
  • Siempre En Mi Mente
  • El Pastor
  • La Bamba
  • Cielito Lindo

Many thanks to the faculty and students at CMU for the use of the hall. Be on the lookout for a mariachi group making their way to a venue near you.