CHICAGO, IL (June 05, 2009) – The Mexico Tourism Board and the State of Jalisco bring Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan to Chicago’s Millenium Park for the 2009 Grant Park and World Music Festivals. On June 24th, the Mariachi ensemble will, for the first time, join the Grant Park Orchestra for an unforgettable performance; and on June 25th, the group will serenade thousands of Chicagoans through the evening at Chicago’s World Music Festival. Mexico takes the center stage at Millennium Park as the mix of mariachi music with classical instruments brings to Chicago the spirit of Mexico for two consecutive evenings.

The Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan is no stranger to American audiences. In 2002, this ensemble performed in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago promoting the unique traditions of Jalisco. On that same year, the group performed for former Florida Governor John Ellis “Jeb” Bush and showed him through musical notes, the culture of one of Mexico’ most representative states: Jalisco. The Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan has also performed in South America and Europe.

“There is no better way for Chicago to experience the vibrant state of Jalisco than by listening to mariachi music,” says Rodrigo Esponda, Director of the Mexico Tourism Board in Chicago, “we are honored that for the first time one of Mexico’s most acclaimed mariachi ensembles will perform at two of Chicago’s best summer music festivals.”

Guadalajara – birthplace of Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan – is the capital of the state of Jalisco and the Mariachi capital of the world.  Every fall at the International Meeting of Mariachi Festival (, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan joins dozens of ensembles from Mexico and the world over who that in Guadalajara to learn from each other and perform their best pieces. Guadalajara is considered one of UNESCO World Heritage Sites because of its music and mesmerizing architecture.

Through their songs, the Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan gives tribute to Jalisco’s essence which accounts for two of Mexico’s most representative icons: Mariachi and Tequila; and thus it is well said “Jalisco is Mexico”.

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