Midtown Sacramento will be the place to be Saturday for people who love mariachi - a traditional style of music from Western Mexico. Several groups will be performing at an event called Mariachi Festival de Sacramento.
Singer Dinorah Klingler, one of the festival's performers and organizers, said the event is a way to keep the musical heritage of mariachi alive.
"For us it's very important to bring it to California because it's like bringing home from faraway,” said Klingler on Insight with Beth Ruyak. “Especially for families that they have no way to go back and they're missing out. So it's really important for us to cultivate it."
Klingler said the festival will feature a variety of groups, including bands from Colombia and Brazil...and an all-female group.
"It's part of a dream that I've always had,” said Klingler, “getting together bands like Mariachi Las Colibri - these girls are super talented. We're going to have Colombia Viva, Mistura Brasileira. So we like to integrate other nationalities, not only Mexico. But it's all into the Latin flavor of the Mariachi Festival."
"It doesn't matter where you are from,” said Klingler. “Mariachi music has grown very, very much. Now we have bands pretty much in every part of the world. I have seen Ukrainian mariachi bands and French mariachi bands and it's fantastic."
The festival will be held Saturday at the E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts at 24th and N Streets from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.