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October 29, 2006 11:38 AM   Subscribe

Mariachi bands for hire in Portland, OR?

The future Mrs. pdb and I are getting married in Portland on May 5 next year. As such, we thought it would be cool to have a mariachi band play for an hour during dinner, before the DJ shows up. We're struggling to find a mariachi band, though. Does anybody out there know of a mariachi band for hire in Portland?
posted by pdb to Media & Arts (8 answers total)
Contact the musician's union. Even if the guys aren't unionized, you should get some leads.
posted by rossination at 12:00 PM on October 29, 2006

Call hotels and mexican restaurants.
posted by kdern at 2:46 PM on October 29, 2006

La Carretta had a mariachi band years ago. Don't know if they still have 'em but it's worth a call.
posted by Tacodog at 3:05 PM on October 29, 2006

Depending on whether you're looking for a bona fide mariachi band or more of a mariachi-esque band-like entity, you could probably find local musicians willing to fake it, too.
posted by cortex at 3:29 PM on October 29, 2006

Gimme a day to get contacts put together, but I have buddies-of-buddies that are in at least two bands.
posted by SpecialK at 4:58 PM on October 29, 2006

specialK -

My email's in my profile...I'd appreciate the contacts!!!!
posted by pdb at 7:03 PM on October 29, 2006

Not a problem. Waiting for people to get back to me now with contact info. I can't keep track of what everyone's doing now, but I know Kulani was in a Mariachi band for a while.
posted by SpecialK at 4:27 PM on October 30, 2006

This is an awesome idea. I attempted this at my wedding but my husband wouldn't go for it.
One of my friends in LA had a kid's mariachi band from a local school at her reception.
posted by FergieBelle at 11:09 AM on October 31, 2006

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