Long-time mariachi and folklórico writer Daniel Buckley has launched a new mariachi blog in association with the San Jose Mexican Heritage and Mariachi Festival, VivaFest!
Buckley pitched the idea to management of the San Jose festival in large part because its policies have been controversial, particularly to the traditional mariachi world.
Totally independent of the San Jose festival itself, the purpose of the blog is to invite honest and direct feedback on a variety of mariachi and folklórico related topics.
While it has been broadly successful for 30 years, the mariachi festival/conference movement has suffered some growing pains in the last five years. Is the movement running out of steam? Are depressed ticket sales a function of the economy or a lack of “star” anchor attractions? Are mariachi and folklórico students getting the best possible instruction? What’s missing in our conferences? By inviting feedback of all sorts the hope is to see what is and isn’t working, what the general consensus is for where such gatherings should go in the future, and to delineate the most important elements of such events to build upon.