Go Metro to live music: Mariachi El Bronx

Leave the driving (and train operating) to the pros this Cinco De Mayo by taking Metro to The Greek Theater for the 1st Annual Los Lobos Cinco De Mayo Festival.

You probably recognize the name Los Lobos, but you might not recognize one of their special guests, Mariachi El Bronx. If the name does sound vaguely familiar to you, it might be because the band is actually a side-project of the LA-based hardcore punk band, The Bronx. That’s right. A hardcore punk band that also plays mariachi. It may have started as a joke, but the music wasn’t bad, and over time they’ve developed into a serious act.

Mariachi El Bronx – “Cell Mates”

The story of how Miriachi El Bronx came to be is this: The Bronx were asked to do an acoustic television performance, but instead of doing a typical unplugged session, they opted to do something else. That something else was mariachi, and over time the band added new members to develope the new style, including David Hidalgo’s (Los Lobos) son, Vincent Hidalgo. They’ve since played countless shows (sometimes opening for themselves) and released albums in 2009 and 2011.

The result of all this? Good tunes and an awesome way to celebrate Cinco De Mayo this year. The show begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 5th at The Greek Theater and features Mariachi El Bronx, X and Los Lobos (with special guests). Tickets range from $29.50 – $65.00 and are available via Ticketmaster.

Transit Directions:

From Exposition Park/USC: Take the 4:54 pm Eastbound Expo Line Train to 7th/Street Metro Center Station. Transfer to the lower platform and take Red Line train toward North Hollywood to Sunset / Vermont.  On the NE corner of Sunset / Vermont take LADOT Weekend Observatory Shuttle bus (50 cents) and exit at Vermont Ave. / Commonwealth Canyon. [Google Maps]

Return To Exposition Park/USC: Return uses 204 bus at Vermont/Sunset Station [Google Maps return directions at 9:55 (last shuttle), 10:43 (adds 15 minutes and additional bus transfer)]. If you would prefer using Rail at Vermont/Sunset, the last Red Line train that will connect to the Expo Line at 7th Street/Metro Center arrives at 12:18 am.