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Mariachi Las Altenas


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Texas’ Finest Female Mariachi

When you think ‘mariachi’ you most likely think of the deep powerful sound of a man’s voice, but if you listen closely to this unique mariachi, you’ll hear they are strumming, singing and dancing to a different key. Mariachi Las Alteñas is an all female mariachi group that is making waves across the United States. Their mission is to achieve excellence as overall musicians and performers, and to raise the standards for women in mariachi music. This prestigious mariachi is under the direction of Valerie Vargas and has a complete instrumentation including six violins, three trumpets, a guitarron, vihuela, and guitar creating a full mariachi sound acknowledged in the industry. Many spectators are impressed with not only the musicianship, but also with the groups’ stage presence. Choreography plays a major role in the groups’ performances as does interacting with the audience. Las Alteñas’ philosophy is not simply to sing a song, but rather interpret the meaning and communicate that meaning with the audience. Its approach has audiences offering standing ovations after each performance. Their signature colorful Trajes de Charro and vocal harmonies draw abundant crowds to their performances. Mariachis are the flavor of Mexico, and in San Antonio Las Alteñas and the city’s cultural and heritage make the perfect combination. Mariachi Las Alteñas are known for their musical diversity, which appeals to crowds of all generations. The women that make up Las Alteñas are a stunningly beautiful group of musicians who are clearly proud of their Mexican heritage. Their name is taken from the mountainous area in Jalisco, Mexico, “Los Altos de Jalisco” or “the heights.” Las Alteñas are from an area described as being at the top, and fans say these ladies are up there!

Celebrating over ten years as “Texas’ Finest Female Mariachi”, Las Alteñas is considered one of the genre’s premier all female groups. They have built quite a name for themselves. Not only do they perform all over San Antonio but they travel around the country. Some of their performances have included;

* 5th Annual Viva El Mariachi Festival in San Diego, California.
* 71st Annual Fiesta Mexicana in Topeka, Kansas.
* 1st Annual Mariachi Festival at the Gran Plaza de Fort Worth, Texas.
* 1st place winners of the Go Tejano Mariachi Competition in Houston, Texas.
* 14th annual Cinco De Mayo celebration in Kansas City.
* Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl;
* National LULAC Convention in Little Rock, Arkansas with Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan,
* Represented the City of San Antonio in New York on Good Morning America.
* South of the Border Festival in Perrysburg, Ohio.
* Mariachi USA Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada
* Festival International in Lafayette Louisiana April 2013.
* 2013 Texas Folklife Festival.
* Just to name a few.

Mariachi Las Alteñas performances can be seen live as they are booked weekly at various venues. Their CD “Sentimento de Mujer” is available on their website at www.mariachilasaltenas.com. Production of their 2nd CD is currently in the works.

In a predominately male industry, this all female Mariachi has indeed created their unique mark in the mariachi world. Las Alteñas will change what you think of mariachi music. They’re young, they’re driven, and with them, every night is ladies night.


Mariachi Las Alteñas
PO Box 460113
San Antonio, Texas78246
Tel: (210) 340-0128
Fax: (210) 957-7077
December 8, 2013
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