Hits Keep Coming for UHD's Mariachi Los Caimanes
By Mike Emery
In a short time, the University of Houston-Downtown’s Mariachi Los Caimanes has earned local acclaim as a musical group on the rise.
It was just one year ago that the group made its public debut performing in Dia de los Muertos make-up to a lunchtime crowd in UHD’s Academic Building. A follow-up concert in January of this year packed the Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium, and despite a pandemic, the group is in demand throughout the city.
The group recently performed on the streaming special H-Town Votes Live (performance starts at 41:00 mark), and on Oct. 30, Houstonians will experience these young musicians during “Calavera con Calavera!” This performance is part of Miller Outdoor Theater’s Dream Streams.
The group will contribute music to the Day of the Dead-themed play “Calavera con Calavera” performed by Grupo de Teatro Índigo. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 30 and can be viewed on YouTube and Facebook.
Adding to the group’s recent success is vocalist Jimmy Arredondo being named a finalist in Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza National Vocalist Competition. The student was among only 10 people from the U.S. selected as a finalist and the only singer from Houston.
“The success of Mariachi Los Caimanes can be attributed to the resiliency of the students in the group,” said Jose Vazquez, Assistant Director of Student Activities and the group’s Director. “They’ve overcome many challenges … navigating family life, work schedules, and a lack of full band rehearsals because of COVID-19. In spite of this, they were able to incorporate ourselves into this year’s Dia De Los Muertos production at Miller Outdoor Theater and join the H-Town Votes Live initiative at MECA Houston. We hope to inspire all Gators and hope to make you all proud. We play for you!”
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.
As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 54,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College).
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.