June 23, 2006

Desperate Housewives’ Maria Conchita Alonso to Emcee 8th Annual ¡Viva El Mariachi! Festival at 2006 San Diego County Fair

Headliners include Mariachi Sol de México, Aida Cuevas, and Mariachi Internacional de Guadalajara

The headliners performing in this year’s ¡Viva El Mariachi! Festival, the 8th Annual concert, will feature Mariachi Sol de México, Aida Cuevas – “the queen of Mariachi” – and Mariachi Internacional de Guadalajara. Maria Conchita Alonso - currently playing Eva Longoria’s mother – in the hit ABC show Desperate Housewives – will act as mistress of ceremonies.

¡Viva El Mariachi! Festival, is a production of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and one of the organization’s signature events. Proceeds from this event will support the Chamber’s educational programs for Hispanic youth, including scholarship and mentoring opportunities; funds will also aid in strengthening the Chamber’s membership benefits program.

For the first time in its history, the ¡Viva El Mariachi! Festival will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds during the 2006 San Diego County Fair, as part of the Summer Concert Series at the Grandstand, on July 2 at 6 p.m., the last Sunday of the Fair’s 22-day run.

Another first will be a Pre-Concert event at Plaza de México from 4 to 6 p.m., featuring performances by youth ballet folkloric groups, Mariachis from the South Bay Schools’ Mariachi Programs, local and regional singers plus sponsors booths with giveaways and product sampling. Visitors will enjoy the vibrant and colorful sounds of Mex-ico’s music, its culture and folklore.

Additionally, local Mariachi groups will be performing on various stages throughout the Fair during the day, starting with the day’s opening ceremony, making the event a true, all-day Festival.

¡Viva El Mariachi! Festival is a paid show, and tickets are available at the Hispanic Chamber office located at 1250 6th Ave. #550, through Ticketmaster, and at the Del Mar Fairgrounds box office. Ticket prices are $35.00-$85.00 and it includes admission to the Fair. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities call (619) 702-0795.

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