If I were to say "mariachi band," what image comes to mind?
I'm not thinking about the two guitarists who move from table to table in the local Mexican restaurant. Oftentimes, a nice touch to the meal, but, no, this reference is to the classic mariachi band.
I think of as many as 10 older, heavy men wearing black shirts and pants with white trim on both. They would also be wearing black sombreros. There would be, maybe, four violins, two trumpets, and four guitars.
And the singer's strong voice would break through the music with “La Cucaracha.”
And then there is Mariachi Las Alteñas.
"Considered Texas’ finest all female mariachi, Las Alteñas has been captivating audiences throughout the United States since 2002. These 10 remarkably talented women are brought together by their passion to perform and promote the majesty of mariachi music.
"In a predominantly male industry, this all female mariachi has made its mark. Las Alteñas’ success goes beyond their music; they animate audiences to applaud with joy and emotion. In short, they‘ll steal your heart. They’re young, they’re driven, and with them, every night is ladies night" (from the group's bio).
One of the other groups that we heard on this fourth day of the five-day Festival International de la Louisiane in Lafayett was Lagniappe Brass Band from New Orleans.