Playing the music of the revolution

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The history of the mariachi is the story of Mexico. They were the bards who traveled from village to village, singing stories and spreading news. And in the time of revolution, they were the ones who inspired the masses with music.

¤ Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra (part of the Mexican Independence Day celebration)

¤ 5 to 8 p.m. today

¤ 10th Street in front of City Hall

¤ Free

These days, their music is an integral part of the Mexican Independence Day celebration -- when Mexicans re-enact the original call-to-arms against the Spanish.

Juventino Romero, band leader of Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra, promises that his group will sing many classic revolution songs for the Mexicans and others who gather to celebrate, among other things, the growing diversity in our community.

Mariachi Sol de Mi Tierra is one of the best known and best loved of the Colorado mariachi bands. On Thursday night, they played for the Mexican Consul's Mexican Independence Day celebration in Denver.

The band has been playing in Denver for seven years. They play almost every night at bars, parties and celebrations. The eight band members hail from Mexico City, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Oaxaca and Michoacán.

Romero brought the group together seven years ago after spreading word of his desire to start a mariachi band in Denver. Each musician had experience playing in bands in Mexico, but playing their traditional music in the United States was a new experience for everyone.

These days, Romero guesses that half of the band's fans are American.

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