Donated by Anisa Marie Vasquez
Mariachi Vásquez, known by many as a unique seven-member family group, grew to become one of Colorado’s most beloved mariachi bands, by entertaining and charming audiences throughout the state and southwest region for the past 33 years. Originally from Tucson, Arizona, Colorado has been their home since 1994. Most of their Colorado-based fans from Ft. Collins to Pueblo have watched the family and band grow-up before their very eyes. As they branded their name with their own style and creativity mixed with their natural talent, and on-stage chemistry they showcased their ability to perform folkloric mariachi music, just as well as English language songs, allowing them to become affectionately known as the mariachi of the people and Mexican- American community. From their beginning performances strolling on Boulder’s Pearl Street mall and Denver’s 16th mall among an array of varied street performers, to performing the national anthem for The Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center, as well as many appearances on national television and countless celebrations and concerts in between, they have truly left their colorful and unique mark on the state and the perception of mariachi music in Colorado, while demonstrating not only their love for each other but also their audience who have been touched by their performances. Over the next 26 years that the group was together they recorded 4 albums, performed for countless events, weddings, family celebrations, festivals and restaurants cementing their status as very vibrant members of Denver’s Latin community. The band also was popular on many local television and radio shows and also landed an appearance on the internationally popular talk show “El Show de Christina”. From 2001 until 2006 the family also produced Denver’s Annual Mariachi Festival, which showcased the very best mariachis from Mexico and the United States and also included educational workshops for children to learn mariachi music. Their goal was ultimately to share the love of mariachi music with the community and to expand education in helping children learn this art form. What normally takes several dozen people to pull off; the show was entirely produced by the seven members of the family with everyone taking on their respective roles. Raul’s dream of playing music with his family and being a successful traveling musician had really come true. After 33 years of performing as a professional Mariachi and as a family, the group was still performing up until his untimely passing due to unforeseen health issues on October 28th 2019 The family held a celebration of his life at El Centro Su Teatro on Santa Fe Drive. Commemorating his life and career on the very same street where it all started for him in Denver, surrounded by friends and family that had shaped their life and career.