Since its inception, the heart of the Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza has been Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán — the most important ensemble in the history of mariachi music. For over half a century, Vargas has been considered the best mariachi in the world (“el mejor mariachi del mundo”).
Founded in 1898, in the southern Jalisco village of Tecalitlán, the group celebrates 117 years and six generations. No other mariachi in history has had a trajectory or influence remotely comparable to that of Vargas. Its current generation represents the state of the art in mariachi music: world-class vocalists and instrumentalists, flawless ensemble work, impeccable taste in arrangements and repertoire, and spellbinding showmanship — while continuing to preserve the traditional folk music of the group’s rural origin.