Summer World Music Festival: Mariachi Atlanta
Part of Spivey’s Summer World Music Festival (June 25 - 27), Mariachi Atlanta celebrates a musical expression that dates back to at least 19th century Western Mexico. Mariachi goes beyond music; it is the sum of a cultural revolution expressed through a group of musicians, dressed in popular clothing (most recently charro suits) which encompasses the essence of Mexico and its people. It is something cultural, spiritual and traditional that is unique to this country, an experience not to be missed. Their songs speak about machismo, love, betrayal, death, politics, revolutionary heroes and even animals (one particularly famous song is "La Cucaracha"). In between concerts, festival goers can enjoy DIY craft tables reflecting the cultures of the day and an “instrument petting zoo.” The Clayton State University Center will again this year offer a globally-inspired menu and concert goers can picnic by the lake before or after performances.