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Since its opening last year, Jazz, TX hasn’t limited itself to its namesake musical style. Folk, rock, blues, and even classical musicians have taken the stage at the cozy spot beneath the Pearl’s new food hall. One audience favorite over the past year has been Mariachi Las Coronelas, an all-female ensemble led by Vanessa del Fierro.

The fastest-growing Mariachi music program outside of Mexico is in Wenatchee, a town in central Washington state where kids of Mexican descent are trying to stay connected with their roots.

Northwest News Network’s Emily Schwing (@EmilySchwing) visited Wenatchee’s award-winning high school mariachi band.

Do you know that feeling when a song moves you so much, you just feel like you have to add your own voice? Mexican culture has an answer to that: a cathartic, joyous yell called a grito.

Legendary Mexican performer Vicente Fernández, aka "Chente," performs the crazy tragic love song "Volver, Volver." "It's one of the most iconic mariachi songs of all time, performed by the most popular Mexican mariachi vocalist ever," says alt.latino's Felix Contreras. "And there is a championship grito at the top of the song."

Joey Palacios

On Fronteras: His singing is beautiful; it takes you to another place because of his passion and joy. It connects even to those who don't always understand the words. On this special edition of Fronteras, we meet up with 12-year-old mariachi performer, "El Charro De Oro,” San Antonio’s own, Sebastien De La Cruz.

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The San Antonio Symphony is back in action this weekend, but they're not going to sound like they usually do. They won’t be playing Beethoven, Brahms or Bach, this weekend Fiesta Pops events have a little more picante than that.

“Fiesta Pops is our official Fiesta event, annually," said San Antonio Symphony Associate Conductor Akiko Fujimoto.

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