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The third concert in Salida Aspen Concerts’ 46th season is Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra.  This professional Mariachi group will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on July 23 in the Salida High School Auditorium.

Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra was formed to present something fresh and different from the groups active in the Denver area. On Aug. 6, 1999, four young enthusiasts; Oscar R. Vaca, Jesus Ramirez, Raul Romero, and Vicente Romero, invested trust and faith in their new leader, Juventino Romero. Together, they planned an adventure that, with determination, practice, and hard work, bloomed into a powerful collaboration. Over time, they have attracted more musicians, leading to today’s eight-member-strong Mariachi ensemble.

Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra

At 14, Juventino Romero began his first instrumental lessons under the guidance of his father, Vicente Romero. Along the way, he attended a prestigious music school in Mexico City learning to sight read and taking advanced instrumental classes. He dedicated time to both playing the trumpet and taking vocal lessons.

At 18, he began playing in the Garibaldi Plaza as a Mariachi member. During his time as a musician, he traveled to many countries around the world sharing his love for Mariachi music. After marrying in 1995, he returned with his wife, Juana, to Colorado.

The first few years in Colorado were very difficult as they did not know many people or the language. After struggling to find a Mariachi group in Denver that was passionate about transmitting the beauty and culture that comes from the music, an idea sparked: Juventino’s biggest project.

Beginning in 1999 with the trust of four musicians, he started Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra. Since then, Juventino has been very involved with his community spreading the beauty of Mariachi music. He teaches students of all ages and levels, including those in the Denver Public Schools for seven years and at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He takes great pride in his work that has allowed him to spread Mexican culture through Mariachi music.

Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra enjoys the prestige that they have gained over the past 20 years. They have been a part of events at the National Western Stock Show, and for the past 19 years have shared the stage with the Colorado Symphony in the festivities for Cinco de Mayo and Mexico’s Independence on September 15 at Boettcher Concert Hall.

In 2021, they were inducted into the Colorado Chicano Music Hall of Fame. The group has also accompanied internationally-known Mexican singers when they have performed in Denver. With a passionate commitment to the beauty of Mexican culture, Mariachi Sol de mi Tierra takes pride in sharing with audiences their dedication to and love for Mariachi.

Tickets available online at Salida Aspen Concerts or at the door.  Tickets are $25 each. K-12 students are admitted free, half-price tickets for accompanying adults. Pre-concert talk begins at 6:45 p.m..  The concert begins at 7:30 p.m..