Mariachi bands


As work dried up for mariachi bands, many musicians put themselves at risk for coronavirus transmission. Over 50 Mariachi musicians have died of COVID-19 in the past year.


By Jacqueline Garcia, Cal Matters


CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters


Photo courtesy of Mariachi Nuevo Guadalajara


July 2, 2021 (San Diego) - Hundreds of mariachis come to Boyle Heights in Los Angeles from across the United States and Mexico, in search of work. They gather at Mariachi Plaza, a small park with a bandstand and kiosk that holds a special place in their hearts because it was donated by the Mexican State of Jalisco, the birthplace of this music. They wait for people to call or stop by to hire them.

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