by Daniel Hill
Mariachi El Bronx is playing this Saturday at the Firebird. The show starts at 8:00 p.m.; San Francisco folk-rock duo Two Gallants opens the show.
We have a pair of tickets for the show, and you can win them! All you have to do is write in the comments your full name, a way we can contact you, and why it is that you think you should go to the show. Be creative! The winner will be chosen at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Mariachi El Bronx was first conceived in 2006 as the alter-ego of established hardcore punk band the Bronx ― a tongue-in-cheek response to the electric-goes-acoustic aesthetic that so many bands employ today. But soon the project took on a life of its own. Now, with two full-length albums and last year's tour opening for Foo Fighters under its belt, that which started as a lark has become a deadly serious affair for the charro-donning punkers. Guitarist Joby J. Ford has even gone so far as to learn several traditional mariachi instruments such as the vihuela, bajo sexto and the accordion, and fans of Mariachi music worldwide have come to respect the group as much more than a novelty.