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At seven in the evening the party began. Thousands of people gathered at Plazuela Machado and walked through the streets of Centro Historico and Olas Altas to enjoy the XIX edition of Dia de la Musica.

Raúl Rico González, General Director of the Instituto de Cultura, Turismo y Arte de Mazatlán welcomed the public on the main stage located at the foot of the Machado.

Dia de la Musica was born in 2003, but was suspended twice. Like other social gatherings, it also suffered through the pandemic, and this 2023 came back with everything.

The streets of Centro Historico were filled with people enjoying the music of different genres and periods among the old estates- considered patrimonial assets of the Nation – which, unlike 20 years ago, today showed off the splendor of an area restored and turned into an attraction tourist destination, without losing an iota of its historical value and the charm of its nineteenth-century architecture.

A light breeze refreshed Plaza Machado, on sidewalks and cobbled streets souls traveled in search of music in its most diverse genres.

Five hours of continuous music on four stages installed from Plazuela Machado to Olas Altas, made the circuit of fun and wonder possible in the vigorous cultural and economic life of Centro Historico.

In the midst of the noise caused by thousands of people coming and going from one stage to another, and motorists who could not find a place to park, around 250 artists did what they like best on the four stages.

In Plaza Machado, the Pop Concert group began the musical journey. Songs in English and Spanish, ballads, rock, disco by ABBA, Something by The Beatles, Shallow by Lady Gaga; I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston; Queen’s Love of My Life and other classic and timeless pieces sparked memories and moved audiences’ emotions. Violins, piano, cello, percussion, accompany the voice of Ana Elena Morales; with her performance, the first applause of the night arose.

At 8 o’clock at night the Municipal President of Mazatlán, Edgar González Zatarain made his way through the people that packed the Plazuela Machado. He took the stage and delivered a simple message.

It’s time for recognition. Alfredo Gómez Rubio received a distinction and public thanks from the Mazatlan Mayor for being the creator and promoter of MDia de la Musica. In his message, the President, accompanied by his wife, María Teresa Apodaca Muñoz, stressed that the celebration of Dia de la Musica speaks of the importance that his government gives to culture.

“Today, on this important day, I am very pleased that this thing that had been suspended is being resumed, today that it is practically 20 years old (this festival) is part of what the CULTURA team and Raúl Rico have been resuming, that is the importance that we from the government give to the issue of culture and traditions that have been formed little by little”, said the Mayor.

Pleased to be present at this important event that had the support of the Ministry of Public Safety and Municipal Transit, Public Services, Mayor’s Office and Civil Protection, González Zatarain awarded Alfredo Gómez Rubio Lemmen Meyer for his contribution to cultural tourism in our city by creating Dia de la Musica.

Alfredo Gómez Rubio thanked the Mayor and the CULTURA team and recalled that Dia de la Musica was born to give Centro Historico new life and mentioned all the characters that have made the growth of this festival possible.

Afterwards, the party continued with the performance of the Ángela Peralta Choir and her singing with a flavor of Spanish zarzuela under the direction of the teacher Mary Devaki Murillo. In the first row, the President of Mazatlán Edgar González, his wife and some councilors appreciated the show.

At Machado, the celebration continued with the Mazatlán Camerata under the baton of guest director Sergio Freeman Osuna. The public enjoyed the soundtracks of ‘The Legend of Zelda’, ‘Tetris’, ‘Pokemón’, ‘Super Mario Bros’, ‘Dragon Ball Z’, ‘Knights of the Zodiac’, ‘Naruto’ and ’90’s Cartoons’ , while images of video games and cartoons scrolled across the screen.

The Chéjere group closed the festival in Machado with music overflowing with a contagious rhythm that moves through melodies of different musical genres from Latin America and the world.

On the Recuerdo stage installed outside the Art Museum, more than a thousand people of all ages enjoyed the musical offering of Los Cryps, Sarah Holcombe and Cuarteto Hermanos Osuna, with boleros that are sung and danced; Las Chelas Disco Live Show and Heidi Herrera who woke up the voices of the women.

With a repertoire based on rock and roll, disco music and boleros with lyrics like “California Sun”, “Surfing USA”, “Piel Canela”, “Sabor a mí”, “Dancing Queen”, “Can’t take”, “El sol no regresa”, “La maldita primavera” y “Como la flor”, “Te quedó grande la yegua” y “Que agonía”, among others, the artists managed to have their songs chanted, danced and applauded at all times.

On the Olas Altas stage (between Constitución and Mariano Escobedo streets) the avenue became a mega dance floor facing the sea.

Locals and tourists did not stop dancing to the rhythm of the Percussion Ensemble of the Municipal Center for the Arts, Banda La Maz Caliente, and Maz Candela Musical Show. La Chona and the Rodeo Clown were the songs most danced to by a meandering human wave that slid from one side to the other on the boardwalk.

The Rock & Fusion stage a diverse and expectant audience was present to enjoy the cast in Liverpool Alley.

Families, couples and loners danced, shouted, sang, smiled and encouraged themselves to socialize creating new friendships.
Go Elektra, LSDLBO, Vitamin E, La Bande-Son Imaginaire that caused a sensation among the attendees and DJ Papi Pérez made up a splendid night for Rock and Fusion to make a sensational experience that many would like to repeat in the incomparable Mazatlán.

Éste artículo fue publicado en Press, Spring Season Press. .

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