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A Merry-Achi Christmas – Mariachi Sol de Mexico

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How is Christmas celebrated in the Southwest? With traditional carols played
by a mariachi of course! And this November, Mariachi Sol de Mexico®, with the blazing sounds of its 13-piece ensemble, brings to life a festive, joyous holiday celebration.

Enjoy a fusion of the traditional holiday spirit with the color, and the traditions, of Mexican and American Christmas songs and carols. The traditions are brought to life by Sol de Mexico’s spectacular artistic execution. Experience this unique fiesta of favorite holiday tunes from both sides of the border!

About the Performers

Unprecedented, unrivaled, and uninhibited, the impact of Jóse Hernández and his Sol de Mexico on mariachi and all music is undeniable. After forming Mariachi Sol de Mexico® in 1981, Jóse’s charismatic arrangements and signature trumpet playing made the group an instant and lasting success; Sol de Mexico has played to sold out halls from New York’s Lincoln Center to Viña del Mar in Santiago, Chile. Not only were they the first Mariachi group to play concerts in Beijing, China and Pyongyang, North Korea, the shows were sold out!

Right from the start, Jóse has been innovator as evidenced by creating a cohesive collaboration with symphonies throughout the United States. The marriage of styles is so seamless that it seems natural now. “Everybody in Latin America serenades their girlfriend or their wife with mariachi music—because we see it in the movies. But it has evolved so much over the last 20 years, it’s almost like a classical art form”, Jóse says.

The versatility of Sol de Mexico to expand to new audiences has led to fabulous, unexpected collaborations, such as with the Beach Boys and Willie Nelson. Within the world of Latin music, Sol de Mexico has played alongside stars such as Vicente Fernández, Selena, José Feliciano, and a record-breaking concert tour with the one and only Luis Miguel. Jóse’s records have been nominated for multiple Grammy Awards and it is a tribute to the impact of Jóse that Sol de Mexico was invited to play at the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards.

But more than awards and credits, it is the passion and love of the mariachi tradition that courses through Jóse’s veins into audiences’ hearts. Although he has played for heads of state, it is not surprising to see Jóse perform at his famous mariachi restaurant, Cielito Lindo. Arranging and writing mariachi music is a legacy that Jóse respects and loves.


November 29 @ 3:00 pm
November 29 @ 7:30 pm


Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113 Located between 2nd and 3rd St. in downtown San Jose.


Convenient parking available @ 2nd & San Carlos Garage $5 flat fee after 6 PM

Public Transit

Accessible by BART and VTA (2nd & Paseo De San Antonio exit is in front of the Hammer Theatre)