ma·ri·a·chi | \ˌmär-ē-ˈä-chē, ˌmer-\

Definition of mariachi 

1 : a small, strolling, Mexican band consisting usually of trumpeters, guitarists, and violinists also : a musician belonging to such a band often used before another noun

2 : the music performed by a mariachi

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Cien Agaves The Old Town Scottsdale location will feature mariachis at 2:30 p.m. During happy hour (3-7 p.m.) specials include $3 Dos Equis, $2.50 tinga tacos and half-off house margaritas. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "2018 Cinco de Mayo events in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, Sedona and more," 1 May 2018 The band, whose members range in age from 13 to 18 years old, stood in the aisle to play their instruments and sing a classic mariachi song. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Mariachi band surprises Southwest passengers with mid-flight performance," 11 July 2018 The organization also teaches mariachi in Chicago public schools. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Mariachi band surprises Southwest passengers with mid-flight performance," 11 July 2018 Separated by 10,000 miles and many centuries, gamelan and mariachi are much more distant historically, geographically and culturally than, say gangsta rap and Gregorian chant. Mark Swed,, "The musical view from Mexico and Bali (by way of Northridge and Santa Monica)," 20 Feb. 2018 When: June 24 Where: Loop How much: Free The skinny: This festival showcases world-class mariachi bands from across the U.S. and Mexico. Hannah Steinkopf-frank, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago festivals this week: Make Music Chicago, Logan Square Arts Festival, Pride Parade," 20 June 2018 After his victory speech, Huerta tried to usher Kennedy to another room where mariachis were waiting to play for the victorious candidate. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Busboy who held dying RFK speaks of lingering pain," 2 June 2018 Before the organization even received its 501(c)3 status, Maldonado began programming local concerts by top-flight mariachi artists to raise money. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Mariachi Herencia de Mexico turns Chicago schoolkids into chart-busting stars," 23 May 2018 For the big-dreaming but put-upon Lucha (Jennifer Paredes), the play’s central character, mariachi is connected to cherished childhood memories and bound up with a present-day mystery. James Hebert,, "Old Globe's 'American Mariachi' a vibrant ode to music and memory," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of mariachi

1927, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mariachi

Mexican Spanish, perhaps modification of French mariage marriage

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English Language Learners Definition of mariachi

: a type of lively Mexican street music played by a band of trumpets and guitars

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