Grand Concert At Baja Convention Center

A rare glimpse inside the mysterious building, and a musical treat, too
BY: REN DRAKE HILL

To participate in a truly unique cultural experience and support local kids, be at the Baja Convention Center on Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 pm. That’s that big empty building that sits on the hillside coming into the Rosarito Beach from the north. (It is rarely used, in no small part to the fact it has no hotel attached to it.)

The world famous mariachi group, Vargas of Tecalitlan, will be appearing with Jose Guadalupe Flores, director of the Queretaro Symphony from the mainland of Mexico, and a 64 piece bi-national symphony. Members of the celebrated Danzade Ticuan Company will be included in the evening’s festivities.

The Vargas De Tecalitlán is a Mexican folk ensemble of mariachi music created back in 1897 by Gaspar Vargas. From 1950 it has been under the artistic guidance of Rubén Fuentes, who is now 89 years old and still mariaching away. The group’s musical direction has been the responsibility of Don Jose “Pepe” Martínez since 1975, not a young pup himself.

This performance will be recorded for international distribution on CD and DVD, so you can relive the experience forever. And if you clap loud enough you will be able to hear your clap on the DVD. Maybe even shout out a few bravos you can point out to your friends.

Profits from this performance will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Rosarito, the youth orchestra programs of the states of Baja and Queretaro, and San Diego State University’s Love Library.

What? You say you just saw the Vargas mariachis in October? Doesn’t count, because Vargas’ new musical director Carlos Martinez, in cahoots with Ruben Fuentes, a Salon de Fama (hall of fame), is introducing five new Vargas arrangements that will be heard for the first time anywhere. And, this is the first concert in a proposed series of cross-border concerts which will continue through 2016. 

General admission is $64 and table seats are $106. A seat at the VIP table will run you a whopping $370. Yikes! For that price I should be able to take home my own mariachi player and a copy of the
DVD.

For tickets and additional information, contact Marsh Productions at www.marshproductionsinc.com. Special packages are being offered at the Rosarito Beach Hotel for outta towners. www.rosaritobeachhotel.com.