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August 3, 1996
For someone who has attended and reviewed the Mariachi USA Festival for several years, Enrique Lopetegui certainly shocked many, in particular me, with his review of the seventh annual festival ("Uneven Notes at Mariachi Festival," June 24). The so-called "out of tune torture" he referred to were notes being played by children who learned to hold an instrument just eight weeks prior, children who had recently learned of their heritage and were taking pride in this music, children who only see themselves on covers of newspapers when bus accidents occur or are covered by police yellow plastic body covers.
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August 3, 1996
For someone who has attended and reviewed the Mariachi USA Festival for several years, Enrique Lopetegui certainly shocked many, in particular me, with his review of the seventh annual festival ("Uneven Notes at Mariachi Festival," June 24). The so-called "out of tune torture" he referred to were notes being played by children who learned to hold an instrument just eight weeks prior, children who had recently learned of their heritage and were taking pride in this music, children who only see themselves on covers of newspapers when bus accidents occur or are covered by police yellow plastic body covers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1992 | ROBERT EPSTEIN
Seventeen years ago, Rodri J. Rodriguez produced her first concert featuring Latino performers. She's been at it ever since, from L.A. to Tel Aviv. In June, her third annual "Mariachi USA" concert at the Hollywood Bowl was a virtual sellout as were her others in previous years. Rodriguez scheduled another event for Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 1993 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is a regular contributor to The Times.
When the trumpets and guitars kick off the fourth annual Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Rodri Rodriguez will be backstage, breathing a deep sigh of relief. The 37-year-old producer, a petite, dark-haired woman with a quick smile and an engaging manner, has been successfully bringing mariachis to the Bowl since the day, four years ago, when she was told to expect no more than 3,000 or 4,000 people for the first festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 1993 | DON HECKMAN, Don Heckman is a regular contributor to The Times.
When the trumpets and guitars kick off the fourth annual Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, Rodri Rodriguez will be backstage, breathing a deep sigh of relief. The 37-year-old producer, a petite, dark-haired woman with a quick smile and an engaging manner, has been successfully bringing mariachis to the Bowl since the day, four years ago, when she was told to expect no more than 3,000 or 4,000 people for the first festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Mariachi Fest Postponed: Citing slow ticket sales and the economic downturn, impresario Rodri J. Rodriguez has indefinitely postponed the Mariachi U.S.A. Concert scheduled for Sept. 19 at the Hollywood Bowl. The event, which would have been the fourth annual such presentation at the Bowl, was to feature the Los Angeles Philharmonic and various mariachi bands. Rodriguez promises refunds and advises ticket-holders to contact their original ticket source.
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November 17, 1991 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA
Next time the mood for mariachi music strikes, just pick up the phone and call Mariachi For Hire, a Santa Monica-based service that represents more than 20 professional mariachi groups. Proprietor Rodri J. Rodriguez, president of Rodri Entertainment Group--which also produces the annual Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl--will arrange for the musicians of your choice (and price range) to perform at your next family or group function.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 22, 1998 | ERNESTO LECHNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although the prospect of a five-hour mariachi marathon might inspire claustrophobia in the uninitiated, there was nothing to fear about the masterfully designed ninth edition of Mariachi USA on Saturday at the Hollywood Bowl. Variety was the name of the game, as five ensembles alternated at a furious pace with snippets of evocative folk dances and vintage film clips projected on a giant screen.
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June 14, 1990 | JEORDAN LEGON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rodri J. Rodriguez said the idea came into her head about a year ago while at the International Mariachi Conference in Tucson. The Cuban-born Rodriguez wanted to create a milestone mariachi event in Los Angeles. What resulted was the first Mariachi USA Festival to be held Sunday, June 24, at the 18,000-seat Hollywood Bowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 1990 | DON HECKMAN
The headliners of Sunday's Mariachi USA Festival at the Hollywood Bowl are Linda Ronstadt and Vikki Carr. But beneath the star billing, the lineup of mariachi groups will represent a less glamorous but far more controversial subtext: a simmering dispute between traditional and contemporary mariachi performers. Sunday's listeners will have ample opportunity to make up their own minds.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 3, 1992 | ROBERT EPSTEIN
Seventeen years ago, Rodri J. Rodriguez produced her first concert featuring Latino performers. She's been at it ever since, from L.A. to Tel Aviv. In June, her third annual "Mariachi USA" concert at the Hollywood Bowl was a virtual sellout as were her others in previous years. Rodriguez scheduled another event for Sept.
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June 19, 1997 | YVETTE C. DOSS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rosie the Riveter's got nothin' on Las Adelitas. During the Mexican Revolution of 1910, a group of women known as Las Adelitas fought alongside male soldiers for social reform and cultural determination in the seven-year battle against dictator Porfirio Diaz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 1998 | JOHN L. MITCHELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In almost any other city, it might be considered a cross-cultural stretch to blend the festive music of Eastern European Jews with the melodic and vibrant sounds that evolved on the streets of Mexico. But not in Los Angeles, where organizers of an annual Yiddish festival plan to kick off eight days of celebrations with a concert Sunday combing the music of klezmer and mariachi bands.
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