Everything You Need to Know About the 8th Annual Rosarito Beach Mariachi & Folklorico Festival

Hola,  to all participants, mariachi/folklorico aficionados + supporters of The Boys & Girls Club of Rosarito...

It's that time of year again (October 4th-7th) when you get to combine one of your most enjoyable pursuits with support of one extremely worthy cause over one glorious four day period in one of the most beautiful places you've ever had the pleasure of visiting.  What could be any better than that? Well, how about adding a fifth positive to the mix and becoming a volunteer! And, in addition, don't forget that ALL...100%... of the net proceeds from this event go to benefit our causa noble.

While you ponder all of the variables, here are the details in as concise a format as we could create:

Wednesday, October 4th: if you've checked into our iconic oceanfront venue, The Rosarito Beach Hotel, the night before, you're all set. If not, check in this AM and you'll become part of the team assisting our staff in registering the attending musicians. vocalists and folklorico dancers for the three days of Talleres (Workshops) being taught by some of the world's finest instructors (the roster is being finalized now) from the Festival's award-winning groups.  The festivities start at 9: 00 AM in the hotel's historic Salon Mexicana Main Showroom. If you're part of a performing troupe and would like to enjoy a unique experience, make sure you and your compadres register for the 'Play/Sing/Dance For Food'  activities that will commence after the first day's Workshops are completed. All the details will be clearly explained to you and your fellow musicians/singers/dancers. By the way, opportunities for 'jam sessions' in the hotel's lobby will be available for all interested in taking part..

Thursday, October 5th: the second day of festivities will commence once again at 9:00 AM.  When the Workshops conclude for the day. at around 4:00 PM, you'll want to be part of the celebrants who will congregate in the historic Salon Chabert to attend, first, the explanatory Rueda de Prensa (Press Conference) which will introduce you to the 2017 Inductees into our Salon de la Fama (Hall of Fame) and will conclude with the gala Cocteles Con Las Estrellas (Cocktails With The Stars) where you'll be able to wine and dine with the top performers headlining the event for a nominal fee which will cover everything,  including photos of you with your favorites taken by the professional photographers of the famed Photovarna team.

Friday, October 6th: the final day of the Workshops  will prepare the performers for the Inauguracion (Opening Ceremonies) and Concierto Internacional (International Concert) which will feature all of the students PLUS these professionals: Mariachi Rubor from Phoenix, AZ; the Mexican National Champion dance duo Emotion from Tijuana, MX; Angelito Garcia, the 12 year old singing sensation of Univision's 'Pequenos Gigante USA' from Montebello, CA; Rosarito's own award-winning Allegro Violin Quintet: the beautiful & multi-talented Angel NG...opera/pop/mariachi vocalist & accomplished multi-instrumentalist...from Los Angeles, CA: and Grupo Fenix, the versatile vocal/instrumental quartet from La Habra, CA featuring Melinda Salcido.who won a Grammy while a member of The Mariachi Divas.

Saturday, October 7th: the final day of the 8th Annual Festival is packed with exciting performances. The Ballet Folklorico Competencia (Competition), with four dance troupes in each of two groups (Intermediate and Advanced) will be scheduled/judged under the auspices of Professor Fernando Lopez, the Director of Ballet Folklorico de Lazaro Cardenas from Tijuana, MX and Kareli Montoya of Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles from Los Angeles, CA. This will be followed by a Vocal Competition (open to all contestants who register to compete) and the concluding event will be the evening's Gran Concierto featuring the Latin Grammy-nominated Trio Ellas from Los Angeles, CA; the multiple award-winning group chosen as Best Mariachi at both the Albuquerque (NM) Mariachi Festival and the San Juan Capistrano (CA) Battle of The Mariachi, Mariachi Estrellas de Chula Vista (CA); the two time Grammy Award-winning (and nine time Grammy Award-nominated) Mariachi Divas, the Official Mariachi of Disneyland (CA) for the past 23 years; and the generally acknowledged top mariachi group in the world, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitilan (voted 'el mejor de Jalisco'...mariachi's birthplace).MNT recently headlined the 'Mariachi USA' July 4th event at LA's legendary Hollywood Bowl where they performed before a sold out crowd of over 20,000 fans!

Here are the ticket prices for all events for which an admission is charged. If the event is not included on this list, admission is FREE:

Thursday, October 5th:Cocteles con las Estrellas (Cocktails With The Stars)...food, beverages,photos:$25 p/p
Friday, October 6th: Inauguracion & Concierto Internacional (Opening/International Concert)...$15 p/p
Saturday, October 7th: Competencias Internacionales (International Competitions)...$5 p/p
Saturday, October 7th: El Gran Concierto (The Great Concert)...VIP:$85 p/p;  Upgrade from General Admission to VIP: $55 p/p; Diamond: $45 p/p; and General Admission: $25 p/p

A Special All-Inclusive Package of $100 per person is offered to Talleres (Workshop) students only. Included are:The Three-day Workshops, the Rueda de Prensa,   the Salon de La Fama Induction, The Inauguracion & Concierto Internacional, The Competencias/Awards Ceremonies and El Gran Concierto (General Admission Seating). If you'd like to become a 'Padrino de los Talleres' and sponsor a student, please contact either Club President Rosy Torres at: rosymtorres@hotmail.com or:gilsperry@yahoo.com and we'll be glad to help.

Be sure to book your seats for all the events, as well as your amazing accommodations at our iconic oceanfront venue, the Rosarito Beach Hotel where special package rates are available. Below the signature block, you'll find the contact information that will make these necessary tasks much easier :

At your service,
Gil Sperry
Official Goodwill Ambassador for Rosarito Beach

Member of The Baja Image Committee
Editor of The Baja Times
Vice President of The Boys and Girls Club of Rosarito
Founder of the city's Annual International Mariachi and Folklorico Festival
(661) 612-1244, (661) 613-0551, (661) 614-0335 or, in Cali, (619) 887-9288




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