Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque 2023 – July 12th -15th


Showcase Competition

The Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque Showcase Competition Concert provides an opportunity for musicians from around the country who have attended the 3-day Mariachi Spectacular Conference to perform for the people of Albuquerque and to compete for the opening slot in the Mariachi Spectacular Concert scheduled for the following evening at Sandia Casino Amphitheater. Groups are limited to a seven minute performance and no piece of music may be repeated if it has already been played. The categories include Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College and Open.There will be one winner in each category, as well as one overall winner.  Remember, all category winners will have a production video created courtesy of Mariachi Spectacular. Production videos are loaded onto YouTube under Mariachi Spectacular channel. Furthermore, the entire Friday night Showcase event is broadcast nationally and internationally on the internet LIVE, so family and friends can watch performances. Our last two years of broadcasts have averaged over 25,000 viewers.     

THE 2023 Ballet Folklorico Conference/Showcase Is Postponed this Year

Ballet Folklorico Showcase Rules

Unfortunately, Ballet Folklorico will be postponed for this year.  We hope to bring back this beautiful art form back to our Mariachi conference in 2024.  Mariachi Spectacular’s Folklorico Showcase provides a variety of performances and talent levels on display. As an art form, Ballet Folklorico is composed of ballet steps and musical pieces reflecting various regions and folk music genres of Mexico. The regions performed can be Vera Cruz, Guanajuato, Chihuahua as a small sampling but there are many others. Performances are both colorful in costume and design but also artful in the music presented and of course the grace of the dance form itself. Ballet Folklorico groups from around the country are represented at the Mariachi Spectacular’s Ballet Folklorico Showcase Competition. 


Mariachi Showcase Rules

  • All members of the performing group MUST be registered in the Mariachi Spectacular Conference/workshops. Roll call of each member will be verified prior to performance.
  • ALL members of a performing group will perform with that group only.
  • Performing time will not be more than 7 minutes. Groups exceeding the time limit established for the competition will be disqualified. At least two timekeepers will start the clock on the first note you play through your last note.  Talking or other activities will be included in your allotted time.
  • Music selections may not be repeated by groups during the concert.  Choices of music selections will be approved on a first come first serve basis.  The earlier you submit the music selections, the better your chances that they will be approved.  Submit your music selections by using registering on line, Mariachi Spectacular will confirm your music selections by E-mail or telephone.
  • Each group will be introduced by name, the city you are from, school name, and the name of the director.  If you want to include additional information or recognition, you must submit it in writing by July 13th, 2023.  
Any questions please email Jeanette Salazar at or call 505-873-6035
Mariachi Spectacular Showcase’s will only be accepting the first 16 groups. Hurry and don’t miss your chance!


Open and Overall Winner – Mariachi Nuevo Cascabel Varsity;   Mission, Texas University Winner – Mariachi Estrellas Del Alamo;   San Antonio, Texas High School Winner – Mariachi Los Lobos;   Kyle, Texas Middle School Winner – Mariachi Los Unicos;   Dallas, Texas   (Please click blue links above to view the Mariachi Showcase Winners.)  

THE 2019 Ballet Folklorico SHOWCASE WINNERS!

Open and Overall Winner – Ballet Folklorico Santa Fe;   Santa Fe, New Mexico      (Please click blue links above to view the Ballet Folkorico Showcase Winners.)

THE 2019 Mariachi Spectacular SHOWCASE CONCERT!

Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque Showcase Competition Concert – Pre Show Mariachi Spectacular de Albuquerque Showcase Competition Concert      (Please click blue links above to view the Showcase Competition Concert.)

Student Showcase Competition Cash Prize Awards!!!

Mariachi Music Showcase 2023

  • 1st place winner receives $2,000
  • 2nd place winner recives $1,250
  • 3rd place winner receives $750

Folklorico Dance Showcase 2023 ​


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