Sure, mariachis and their music are nothing new to us in San Antonio. Whether you're enjoying pan dulce or a margarita (or four) at Mi Tierra, strolling along the River Walk or throwing a quince for your prima, the sounds of the trumpets, vihuelas, guitarrons and violins can be heard throughout San Antonio and indeed the Southwest. However, as a folk form, mariachi music has traveled across the world – even as far as King's Landing – and these players have all made it their own. Here's a list of some of the inventive things mariachis are doing with their music, from paying homage to Morrissey to shredding like Judas Priest.
First and foremost, although there's no nudity, flaying of children or ice zombies, this Mariachi version of the Game of Thrones theme is sure to put you south of the border, down Westeros way.
As music is a constantly evolving, shifting mode of expression, tastes and styles are inevitably, perpetually in flux. Very few bands represent that progression as well as Metalachi, a metal mariachi group. Consider their Judas Priest cover of "Breaking the Law," your tio's favorite Priest number that may not make it onto KZEP, but, with a few hundred call-in requests should be in rotation on KXTN.
Mariachi El Bronx is the alternate ego of the hardcore punk band The Bronx. The LA-based group switches back and forth from the more traditional Son sound to their hard-hitting punk style, leaving more than a few hardcore kids scratching their liberty-spiked heads.
The Burrito Boys are a London based-mariachi ensemble that covers classics from the pop canon. Playing everything from the Sex Pistols to Lady Gaga, the trio are perfect for any event where you just absolutely must have a mariachi group doing "Anarchy in the UK" and "Poker Face." Finally.
It's no secret that the Latino love for the Smiths' frontman runs deep. What wasn't common knowledge (until now) is how well the Mancunian moper's hits translate to the mariachi context. A match made in "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now."