First of all, it was my first time at the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse. The building is so beautiful with a lovely water fountain in the courtyard which was great for photos in the evening.
Teo Franco y su Trio San Pedro began with "Echame a mi La Culpa," one of my most favorite songs. I knew then, I was going to enjoy the evening. It was like going back in time... their renditions of old favorites reminded me of Los Panchos, Los Tres Ases, and those in attendance (most of which were seniors) were very pleased. Let me tell you, there was one gentleman probably in his 80's who arrived in his wheelchair and two oxygen tanks!
After a few songs, the trio was joined by Nydia Rojas in a black and green dress, demure yet classy. She has developed into a beautiful young lady, and her voice was even lovelier than the last time I saw her in concert (about 13 years ago).
She sings with so much passion, and she gave every song her individual touch yet staying true to the original.
She sang so many of my favorites: Contigo en La Distancia, Jurame, Mu??equita Linda, and Te lo Pido Por Favor. When she sang Mu??equita Linda she dedicated it to her mom who was in the audience. She said it was a song her mom had sang to her when she was a baby, so now it was her turn to sing it to her mom.
What a beautiful young lady -- you can tell she truly loves her mom! I remember she did something similar when I saw 13 years ago at Unique Theatre in ELA... except that time she sang "Mi Mejor Amiga" to her mom. After Nydia's last song, I was so content I could have gone home at that point... but I was there, after all, to see Mariachi Vargas, and I did promise you a review, so I stayed.
Plus I was hoping that Nydia would be invited to take the stage again with Mariachi Vargas.
Mariachi Vargas was marvelous! They had three trumpets, six violins, one harp, one guitar, one guitarron, and one vihuela. They were so friendly, you felt like they were hanging out playing music for their close friends and family.
At one point, Pepe asked the audience if there were any song requests, and for one song, he gave the mike to his wife who was sitting in the audience and sang a portion of the song. Toward the end, they played a Nueva Rondinela which was absolutely beautiful ... who would've thought mariachis played classical music so beautifully? I wished I had taken my son (who plays the violin and sax) so he could have shared the musical experience.
The evening's emcee and the tacos they sold in the courtyard during intermission added to the family flavor. I was absolutely pleased... well almost. There were only two things I wished had been included: Nydia accompanied by the mariachi and Nydia cds available for sale (the only cds that were offered were for Mariachi Vargas cds), but hey, except for that, the evening was absolutely perfect!