Damas de Jalisco is San Antonio’s premiere all-female mariachi ensemble. These young ladies are San Antonio’s newest and hottest cultural sensation! Founded May 21, 2005, and hand picked by director Sonia Marin, Damas is an eleven piece group comprised of local beauties ranging from 19 to 28 years old. These young musicians have been chosen for their specific talents, instrumentally and vocally as the best and brightest that San Antonio has to offer!
All of the members of Damas de Jalisco have had previous successes in the genre of mariachi, with their varied performance experiences. Damas brings to the table some of the hottest vocal talent in San Antonio, with one of the core vocalists, Vanessa del Fierro having recently been a finalist on Voces de America-the latino version of American Idol! Some of these young ladies have shared the stage with musical icons such as Trio Los Panchos, Jose Feliciano, Mariachi Mujer 2000, Mariachi America, Sol de México, and the world renowned Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán.
Although these talented young ladies love their music and entertaining, they are not to be taken lightly. The repertoire of Damas is extremely unlike that of other ensembles. Together, Damas de Jalisco chooses music that carries meaning and relevance. These ladies love to interpret music they know will attract all of their audiences-from the young to the young at heart! The jazzy vocals mixed with the upbeat personality of each of the Damas is what excites audiences when first experiencing a group performance. These are just some of the reasons that Damas de Jalisco is anything but a typical mariachi!
A wide array of performance experience in such a short time span, is also what makes Damas de Jalisco an elite group. Using their art ot attract attention and awareness, Damas has supported different organizations such as ¡Feliz!, an awareness and fundraising organization for birth defects, based out of Houston, Texas. Seeking community involvement to promote humanitarian causes as well as their culture, last year Damas participated in a parade based out of the cultural heart of San Antonio at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center downtown. With the extensive military community in the Alamo city, Damas has also held the honor of performing for local military celebrations. The group has been featured on Channel 41 Univision in a news special, recommending them as the top mariachi to hire for Mother’s Day serenades. To add to all of this, the group has been hired by such entertainment companies as Stertio entertainment, and 3 local venues, at which the group performs regularly. The group offices out of the Network for Young Artists (NYA), a non-profit community youth group that promotes the arts for local talent in the San Antonio area.
When these ladies are not rehearsing at NYA or performing, they are either studying at local colleges and universities, working as professionals in their field of expertise or taking care of their families. Maintaining all of these important goals and interests intact and being awesome musicians really sets these young women apart from the rest! This drive for educational and career success carries over into their efforts as an ensemble. All you have to do is see these ladies perform together and you can see their personalities blend together to make up a unique and exquisite entertainment experience!