A new museum exhibit in Tucson highlights the history of women involved in mariachi music. The Trailblazing Women of Mariachi Music tells the stories of the early female pioneers of mariachi, including a special focus on Tucson women who influenced the genre.
The exhibit at the Sosa-Carrillo House at 151 S. Granada Ave., next to the Tucson Music Hall, was researched and curated by Leonor X. Perez of San Diego, an educator and founder of the Mariachi Women’s Festival. Los Descendientes del Presidio de Tucsón, a local preservationist group, officially opened the museum’s doors in early March. The exhibit is open Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., through May 5.
On a related note, the Mariachi Women’s Festival will be at the Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention Center on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature all-female mariachi performers, including two-time Grammy Award-winning Mariachi Divas from Los Angeles, Mariachi Rubor from Phoenix, and Monica Treviño, Tucson’s very own mariachi singer and violinist.
The festival, in association with Play America Mariachi, will be a musical celebration of the more than 100 years of women’s resilient engagement in the male-dominated mariachi world.