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Mariachi El Bronx

8 p.m. Saturday, May 19. The Firebird, 2706 Olive Street.



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.

Bring Your Parents: While the Bronx's hard-hitting punk anthems and bitter lyricism may be a bit abrasive for some, Mariachi El Bronx includes lighthearted songs dealing with life and love in their set, making it a band fit for music fans of any age.