A BBC Radio documentary on Mariachi Plaza will be broadcast on
BBC Radio 4, Thursday 19th May @ 11.30am (British Summer Time*)
Although this broadcast will probably not be available in the United States, the program should be freely available online from Wednesday 25th May:
It’s being broadcast to a World Service audience of fifty million people around the world on shortwave: www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/schedules/frequencies/ from 25th May.
*5 hours ahead of New York.
Inspired by the book Hotel Mariachi, radio producer Tamsin Hughes visited Mariachi Plaza in November 2015, where she lived for more than a week talking with mariachi musicians and others in this historic corner of Boyle Heights. Evangeline Ordaz-Molina, who was born just blocks from Mariachi Plaza and who wrote the Introduction to Hotel Mariachi, narrates this documentary, which will be broadcast to over fifty million listeners worldwide.
The article linked below appeared in the Nov. 30, 2014, edition of the L.A. Times.
The proposed 8-story parking garage, offices, and condos replacing the ice cream shop, Santa Cecilia cafe, Libros Schmibros, and Juan Solis’s twenty-year-old murals would mean the end of Mariachi Plaza.
Save the date! The Mariachi Plaza Festival Foundation has announced the date for the 2014 festival, on its Facebook page: November 23, 2014.
Follow them on Facebook for more information as it becomes available.
Ballet Folklorico de Paso de Oro (below)
2012 – 22nd Annual Mariachi Festival in Boyle Heights, CA in Los Angeles County.
What Makes Boyle Heights Specail? – Mariachi-Plaza.com
Mariachi-Plaza.com offers an interesting mix of bands available for hire, Boyle Heights /Mariachi Plaza events (including Farmers Markets and Music Festivals) and local history on their site.
Here’s an interesting video on “What makes Boyle Heights Special“.
Mariachi Plaza is located beneath the the square of the same name in Boyle Heights, a neighborhood in Eastern Los Angeles. At the intersection of East 1st Street and Boyle Avenue, the station is near Hollenbeck Park and the White Memorial Medical Center.