Last Night: Go Tejano Day 2013 at Reliant Stadium
|McAllen's Mariachi Aztlan, winners of the 22nd Annual Mariachi Invitational|
The first group dialed in "La Puerta Negra," a personal favorite of mine. The bad news was that due to technical difficulties, the sound was very poor for the opening competitors. They followed with the songs "Volver, Volver" and "Mexico Lindo" and the crowd finally warmed up to them, but it was too little too late.
Group No. 1 followed, and although they also fought a few microphone issues, they started strong with "Aca Entre Nos," a heartfelt love ballad by Vicente Fernandez, following with "De Que Manera Te Olvido" and "Como Mexico No Hay Dos." The lead singer's voice was booming and confident, and was accompanied by crisp, well-tuned instrumental backing. When the crowd was asked to choose a winner, there was no doubt.
The Best Mariachi in Texas once again proved to be McAllen's Mariachi Aztlan, who celebrated by elevating the gold trophy and doing a brief encore.