Hard Times Cause Rifts Among Los Angeles Mariachi Bands
Date: Tuesday, July 26, 2011 @ 14:48:32 UTC

Alejandro Cisneros calls the newer arrivals "pirates." They simply put on a costume and trick customers into thinking they are mariachi musicians, he says, but they know nothing of the history of Mexican music. Juan Ariso calls the old-timers "the businessmen." They are too focused on charging more money and pushing out those who they believe are taking gigs they do not deserve, playing at weddings and quinceañeras and the occasional backyard cookout. The two groups cannot agree on many things, but the most important is this: How much should a mariachi charge? Complete Article

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