Don’t call it ‘Mariachi’

Here’s your daily dose of enthnomusisnobbery. Those guys walking around the Mission with guitars? Not Mariachi. Mariachis wear the Three Amigos getups and feature violins as the lead instrument (not just trumpets), according to this informative video:

It goes on to point out that if you want the real thing, you gotta go to San Jose or LA.

Use that on your next date at Cava 22 to impress. Here’s some sample copy: “Actually, this doesn’t quite fall under the Mariachi idiom.” Be sure to use an extra nasal and high-pitched voice when you say “actually”.

3 Responses to “Don’t call it ‘Mariachi’”

  1. Lillie says:

    That’d be ethnomusisnobbery, actually.

  2. lolalat says:

    they may not be “mariachis” but the guitar “trio” is a legit street music and latino music playing group in general. Check Los Dandy’s and you’ll see what I’m talking about.

  3. Danyull says:

    whoa! im in this video in the background, i almost didnt recognize myself with out a beard. so basically im famous, so feel free to contact me if you would like an autograph