1:00 PM Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles
The world’s first and only LGBTQ Mariachi brings Mexican music and folklore to Southern California. We are a dynamic ensemble representing the traditions of a rich culture of Mexico. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles prides itself in providing its public with the utmost professionalism and musicianship. This unique ensemble was created as a safe haven for mariachi musicians who identify as LGBTQ to come together and perform traditional Mexican regional music in an otherwise “machista” and somewhat discriminating subculture of the mariachi world.
Led by director Carlos Samaniego, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles performs its repertoire to suit the LGBTQ community while it maintains the highest level of musicality. Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is proud to have the first transgender female, Natalia Melendez, in the history of mariachi as one of its members. Natalia has been featured in a two-part special for Univision news, which depicts her life and struggles as a transgender woman in the mariachi world. As a result of this two-part special, in its short existence, Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles has been invited to perform for 3 different morning news shows on Univision, which includes the “Lanzate” program. During each one of these presentations, the mariachi was highlighted because of its special nature in representing the LGBTQ community.
Due to the history that Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles is making, this ground-breaking ensemble has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress.
Mariachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles has also performed for Long Beach Pride, LA Pride, Transgender Pride at the LGBT Center in Los Angeles, The Abbey, Club Tempo, Hamburger Mary’s, many other LGBTQ establishments, as well as for many same-sex and “traditional” weddings.
To learn more about Marciachi Arcoiris de Los Angeles, visit their website by clicking here.