The Mariachi Channel Magazine
     On Wednesday September 15th, 2010 San Franciscans will get a rare peek into the Golden Age of Mexico's treasured musical history of the Mariachi.  Celebrating it's first year since its founding,The Mariachi Channel celebrates their anniversary by celebrating a more important anniversary,the Bicentennial of Mexico's Independence as well as the 100th Anniversary of Mexico's Revolutionary War.  
  The show is written and directed by legendary Mariachi Vargas member Rafael Palomar.
Rafael also holds the distinction to be the son of Roman Palomar, an immense influence in the evolution of mariachi music and writer of the most famous mariachi song of all, EL MARIACHI LOCO.  Rafael performed on the original recording just barely in his teens at the time.  Rafael retired from Mariachi Vargas in 2003 after over 25 years with the legendary group in order to be by his wife's side as she began her fight with cancer.
  Rafael has worked as musical director to Beatriz Adriana as well as Ezekiel Pena throughout the years and last year decided to not just work as a mariachi but as a soloist.  He was the lead vocals for Mariachi Vargas for most of his tenure with the famed group.  So besides writing and directing this fantastic show he is also the headliner.  

  The show features the Bay Area's pioneer and premier mariachi, Mariachi Mexicanisimo de Raymundo Coronado,as well as Ballet Folklorico Ensambles from San Francisco. 
Singing her heart out will be newcomer and fast rising star, Irene Davi.  This 21 year old beauty is backed by one of latin entertainments most powerful artist representatives Hector Villalobos, a longtime representative of Marco Antonio Solis "El Buki", a Grammy Hall of Famer and one of latin america's most successful artists ever.  So in short, she's one to watch and very talented.  (This show is also presented by Hector Villalobos/Wolfhouse Radio)
 Also singing will be another up and comer who goes into the studio for her first cd album in November with arrangements and direction from the legendary Rigoberto Alfaro.  Alfaro has arranged some of the biggest hits in the history of mexican music including classics like "El Rey", and this years grammy winning Vicente Fernandez album.

 Headlining the show will be the legendary Rafael Palomar with a special tribute to the great Lucha Villa in which he'll be joined by Cassandra Trejo reenacting the many many duets he performed with Lucha Villa who he credits for also helping his career.  She has remained a life long friend of Rafael's who keeps in touch with her after her stroke which ended her ability to sing and perform.  This entire show as well as the tribute itself is dedicated to her and will be filmed for The Mariachi Channel where Lucha as well as the world will also get to see it.

The show starts at 7pm sharp and is approximately 2 hours long. There will be dancing after the show presented by Roccapulco and free for patrons of the Fiesta de Mariachi to stay and enjoy after the show.   Fiesta de Mariachi Tickets are $25 at the door and Roccapulco's kitchen will be open for those that would like to enjoy a great dinner with the show.
Doors open @ 6:30pm.   Noche de Timba - the best of cuban dance music starts @ 10pm

Roccapulco is @ 3140 Mission St in San Francisco near Cesar Chavez.

See videos of performers and from prior Fiesta de Mariachi events to the right and below as well as previews of Gota de La Vida.

     This is a must see show and a great celebration to be a part of.  Don't miss it!!!

Rafael Palomar & Linda Ronstadt whom he recorded with on her Canciones de Mi Padre album
Not even the Revolution could stop the need and desire for the Mariachi. Although the Mariachi obviously felt the need to be armed.

Cassandra Trejo
Lucha Villa, la grande de Chihuahua
Ranchera Singer Cassandra Trejo,Producer Carolina Tellez,& Singer Martha Soledad @ the 1st Fiesta de Mariachi in SF (Aug 2009)

La Gota de La Vida/City of Hope campaign
Premiere of La Gota de La Vida for City of Hope campaign
In its 10 year, La Gota de la Vida has united Latin music super stars Placido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, David Bisbal, Luis Fonsi Fonsi, Arthur Hanlon, Wisin & Yandel and Enrique Iglesias among others to create a song and video benefiting City of Hope and the “Unete Con La Gota de la Vida” campaign.

The campaign was conceived to create awareness within the Latin community about the importance of bone marrow donation, and thus encourage the community to register with the National Bone Marrow Registry which City of Hope currently promotes.

Join chart-topping Hollywood music talent as they gather to launch a historic song and video "Unete con la Gota de la Vida," a national health awareness campaign to encourage the Latino community about the importance of joining the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and supporting the lifesaving work at City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The private red carpet event is by invitation only and will take place Tuesday, September 7 at 7 PM at Club Nokia at L.A. Live! in downtown Los Angeles.

A who's who of music talent from the U.S., Latin America and Spain are expected to attend and perform a live version of "La gota de la vida," under the direction of chart-topping pianist/composer/arranger and Latin world celebrity, Arthur Hanlon.

Star-studded Premiere of "Unete con la Gota de la Vida" Song and Video.
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
4:00 PM Press check-in
5:00 PM Red carpet arrivals
7:00 PM Program begins
Club Nokia @ L.A. Live!
800 W. Olympic Blvd.

"This historic premiere marks a nationwide effort to reach out to the Latino community and encourage their participation in the national bone marrow registry to help save lives," said Salvador Trevino, CEO of Santa Fe Communications. "City of Hope is grateful for the support from Universal Music and BMI Publishing, event sponsors and the talented Latino music artists for their commitment to the fight against cancer."

"We're excited for the opportunity to help build awareness and support for Latino patients in need of bone marrow matches," said Scott Loyola, associate vice president, City of Hope. "Our hope is to be able to save more lives by quickly finding a match so that patients at City of Hope can receive life-saving transplants."

Celebrities will attend "Fairs of Hope," a month-long tour, held at supermarkets in key Latino areas including Vons, Albertson's and Food 4 Less. Every Friday through Sunday during August, these "La Gota de la Vida" ambassadors will encourage the Latino community in Los Angeles to register as donors with the National Marrow Donor Program.

City of Hope is a pioneer in bone marrow transplantation (BMT) and has performed nearly 10,000 BMT and stem cell transplantations. The institution operates one of the largest, most successful BMT programs in the world. In 2010, more than 137,000 new cases of blood-related cancers will be diagnosed in the U.S. Only 30 to 40 percent of patients who need bone marrow transplantation will find a match within their family, while others will be directed to the National Marrow Donor Registry to find an unrelated match. Currently, there is a need for more Latino donors in the National Marrow Donor Program.

Each year, more than 1.6 million new cases of diabetes are diagnosed in the U.S. City of Hope has the largest islet cell isolation, distribution and transplantation center in the western U.S. The National Institutes of Health-funded Southern California Islet Cell Resource Center is one of only seven islet cell resource centers in the nation.
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