Mariachi Conference presents 30th anniversary concert


The Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference (LCIMC) presents its 30th Anniversary Spectacular Concert, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave. The featured performer is Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán.  Also appearing will be Las Cruces’ favorite Mariachi Cobre from Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

“We are excited to celebrate our 30th Anniversary for the Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference,” said Robert Palacios, LCIMC Director. “Prepare to be swept away on a captivating voyage through the heart and soul of Mexican culture as we embark on a musical adventure with the world-renowned Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán and Mariachi Cobre. With legacies spanning over 50 years, these iconic ensembles have become a symbol of Mexico's rich musical heritage and a beacon of artistic excellence. Hailing from the vibrant city of Guadalajara, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán is a living testament to the power of tradition and innovation.”

First time in Las Cruces

Founded in 1965 by the legendary Pepe Martínez Sr., Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán has garnered accolades and awards that reflect their unparalleled talent. Their long list of achievements includes multiple Latin Grammy nominations and the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Their contribution to the mariachi genre and Mexican culture at large is immeasurable.

Each member of the ensemble is a master of their craft, and together they form a musical force to be reckoned with. From the resounding beauty of the trumpets to the enchanting melodies of the violins and the soul-stirring vocals, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán will take you on a thrilling journey through the heart of Mexico's musical heritage.

As they continue to push the boundaries of mariachi music, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán remains committed to preserving and celebrating their roots. They have collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry, transcending borders and introducing mariachi to new audiences around the globe.

Tradition Meets Magic

Mariachi Cobre, an enchanting and dynamic musical ensemble, has been captivating audiences at Walt Disney World for years with their rich heritage, vibrant performances, and timeless melodies. Mariachi Cobre has become a beloved fixture in the heart of Epcot's Mexico Pavilion.

Since their debut at Walt Disney World, Mariachi Cobre has been celebrated for their ability to seamlessly blend tradition with innovation. Rooted in the rich musical heritage of Mexico, the group features a passionate ensemble of talented musicians whose dedication to their craft is evident in every note they play. With a repertoire that includes traditional rancheras, boleros, and lively sones, Mariachi Cobre transports audiences to the heart of Mexican culture.

Mariachi Cobre's musicians are more than just performers; they are musical ambassadors who bring the spirit of Mexico to life. With masterful instrumentals, breathtaking vocals, and captivating arrangements, they leave a lasting impression on all who have the privilege of experiencing their performances. Their harmonious melodies and spirited rhythms have the power to evoke emotions, spread joy, and create unforgettable memories.

Mariachi Conference

The LCIMC, celebrating its 30th Anniversary, is a cultural event that focuses on education and entertainment. Approximately 400 students of all ages have an opportunity to attend the annual four-day conference, with educational workshops in mariachi music, voice, and folkloric dance. The workshops offer a quality educational experience through a unique cultural arts program.  All proceeds from the annual event support New Mexico Advocates for the Arts whose mission is to promote, preserve, and fulfill the cultural needs of our community and across southern New Mexico.

The primary mission of the LCIMC is to preserve the art forms of Mariachi Music and Folkloric Dance. Through educational workshops in music and dance for our youth, these longstanding cultural art forms will be preserved throughout the Southwest. Cultural arts performances bring quality of life to our community and strengthen the cultural ties to our Southwestern heritage.

For additional information, visit or call 575-680-3123. 

Tickets for the conference can be purchased at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 575-526-0100, or at