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The 5th Annual Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival at MSU Denver!

Note: The Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival has been cancelled for 2022. It is planned to return in 2023.

Presented by the MSU Denver Music Department and the Latino Cultural Arts Center, the Viva Southwest Mariachi Festival (VSMF) is a regional festival that provides musical workshops for musicians of all ages; from primary to university level, and community members. Throughout the day, they are guided by professional and award-winning Masters of Mariachi in history, theory and instrumentation. The weekend culminates with a sold-out Mariachi showcase featuring student groups alongside local and national Mariachi Masters.

 

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Special Guests

Lupita Infante Headshot

Lupita Infante

Lupita Infante will be joining us for a special concert in the King Center Concert Hall.

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Dr. Daniel Sheehy Headshot

Dr. Daniel Sheehy

Dr. Daniel Sheehy will offer Group Master Classes for registered students.

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John Contreras

John Contreras will be leading student workshops.

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Monica Fogelquist

Monica Fogelquist will be leading student workshops.

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Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra group shot

Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra

Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra will be leading student workshops.

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The February 2022 Festival and Concert has been cancelled, with plans to return in 2023.

Artist Bios

Lupita Infante

Lupita Infante headshotLupita Infante has forged herself a successful career with a solid academic background,
intuition, and the talent that she carries in her blood to delight her followers. Representing the third generation of the Infante musical dynasty, Lupita Infante on September 27 released her first album “La Serenata.” In 2020, she achieved her first nomination at the 21st Latin GRAMMY® presentation in the category “Best Regional Mexican song,” besides that, she performed with the Mariachi Sol de México with the song “Amorcito Corazón.” Lupita also gets her first nomination at the 63rd GRAMMY® Awards 2020 in the category “Best regional Mexican Album” (including Texan) also with “La Serenata.” This 2021, she obtained another nomination to the Latin Grammy with Nora Gonzalez’ single “Cicatrices” in the category “Best Regional Mexican Album.” where she participates as a featured artist.

In June 2017, Lupita received her Bachelor’s in Ethnomusicology from UCLA, where she
participated in Mariachi de Uclatlán. Founded in 1961, it was the world’s first university-level mariachi ensemble. In addition, she has appeared on The Voice Mexico, where she competed in Carlos Vives’ team. She has opened for ranchera greats Shaila Dúrcal and Beatriz Adriana, and in 2018 she performed in the famed Mariachi USA festival at the Hollywood Bowl.

Believing in a hopeful future no matter where you begin and appreciation for the journey that unfolds along the way, Lupita Infante celebrated life by pursuing her passion for music and honoring the legacy she inherited.

Dr. Daniel Sheehy

Dr. Daniel Sheehy HeadshotDr. Daniel Sheehy has been the Director and Curator of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings since 2000. He concurrently served as Director of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage 2009-2013 and Acting Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center 2008-2009. As Director of Folk & Traditional Arts at the National Endowment for the Arts 1992-2000 and staff ethnomusicologist and Assistant Director (1978-1992), Sheehy directed the National Heritage Fellowship awards and grants programs of $4 million annually. A Fulbright-Hays scholar in
Veracruz, Mexico (1977-78), he earned his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from UCLA (1979). He served as co-editor with Dale Olsen of the South America, Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean volume of the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. His book Mariachi Music in America: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture was published by Oxford University Press in 2006. Under his leadership, Smithsonian Folkways has published more than 200 recordings, earning five Grammy awards, one Latin Grammy, and twenty-one nominations. Sheehy currently serves as President of the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, board member of the National Council for the Traditional Arts and the Association for Cultural Equity, and past board member of the Society for Ethnomusicology and the American Folklore Society. The American Folklore Society honored him with the Benjamin A. Botkin prize in 1997, recognizing a major impact on the field of public folklore, and the Américo Paredes prize in 2010, recognizing a career of excellence in integrating scholarship and engagement with the people and communities one studies. In 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded him a Bess Lomax Hawes National Heritage Fellowship.

John Contreras

John Contreras headshotJohn Contreras has played mariachi music for over 40 years with various groups from including Mariachi Nuevo de Tucson, Los Changuitos Feos, Los Palmeros de Los Angeles, Mariachi Tlaquepaque (Los Angeles), Mariachi Perla de Mexico (Chicago), Mariachi Azteca del Sol, and Mariachi Luz de Luna (co-founder). John has toured Europe and the U.S. John’s is currently in his 17th year as director of the award winning Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo High School, one of Arizona’s most well-known youth groups. He has also been a participant/advisor for the Encuentro de Mariachi y Charreria in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

Monica Fogelquist

Monica Fogelquist headshotMonica Fogelquist most recently served as director of mariachi music at the College of Southern Nevada and Chaparral High School in Las Vegas. She received her Master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, and is second violinist and first vocalist with their Mariachi Aztlán. As an undergraduate at Whittier College, Fogelquist performed with Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles, the foremost all-female mariachi in the world.

Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra

Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra group shotMariachi Sol de Mi Tierra was formed with the idea to show people something fresh and unique in Denver, CO. On Aug 6, 1999, four young music enthusiasts, Oscar Vaca, Jesus Ramirez, Raul Romero, and Vicente Romero, gave complete trust and hope to the leader of the group, Juventino Romero. Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra is one of Colorado’s premier performance ensembles and enjoy a reputation of presenting mariachi music with excellence.

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