Saturday June 18, 2011 / 6:00pm22nd Annual MARIACHI USA Festival
Section U or Q
How was your experience?
I've been to the Bowl many times, and have always enjoyed my time with friends, family, food and the concert. I was taking my parents for their first time to see the Mariachi Festival. The picnic before hand was great, as I went to look for the Goldstar booth were I was told I could pick up my tickets, there was NO booth adjacent to the will call box office, as it said on the print out. When I asked the Hollywood Bowl employees were the booth was, I was told Goldstar didn't show up, so now I had to wait in line with the rest of the will call customers, which put me back by the parking lot close to where we ate. NOT HAPPY! I waited in line for about 45 minutes, missed the first hour of the show, then once inside, the festival, after finding our seats, the MC, was horrible, talked waaaay too much, and it seemed to be all about her, then she was presented with an award, Really? Who was she? Seems she has done a lot for the female latin community, which I applaud, but, I came to see a Mariachi Show, not an awards festival! Then, commercials!! Really? Commercials, like the courtyard filled with the sponsor's logo's wasn't enough, but now I payed money to see commercials, for Southwest, Farmers, and blah blah blah. Then the video montages of our great singers from the golden era of Mexico, were narrated in english! 99.9% of the audience either spoke spanish, or understood it, so to have that montage in L.A. at a Mariachi festival in english? Who were they catering to? After all the self gratification, the mariachi's left more to the imagination than leaving it on the stage! Specifically, the back handed compliment to Juan Gabriel, who's songs were sung, with a mockery of his flamboyancy, by some guy, that "acted" as a gay stereotype or maybe because he was gay, he was the "man" for the job. Then to add insult to injury, besides his own flat interpretation, the "macho" lead singer of El Sol Mariachi, referred to Juan Gabriel as the Dona. This has got to be one of my worst experiences at the bowl, I just hope that my parents didn't see any of that, and if they did, I hope that the alcohol took the edge off from the lackluster performances. It didn't matter how many fireworks were set off at the finale, they were all duds. This was my first mariachi festival, and sadly my last!