Billed as the “World’s First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band,” Metalachi will bring their unique blend of metal rock and mariachi music to the Palmdale Amphitheater tomorrow at 8 p.m. as part of the city of Palmdale’s summer concert series.
Metalachi performs mariachi versions of classic metal songs such as “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne, “Sweet Child of Mine” from Guns ‘N’ Roses, “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, “Man In A Box” from Alice In Chains, “The Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin, “Cemetery Gates” from Pantera, and many more.
With roots in Juarez, Mexico and Hollywood, Metalachi is a five-piece ensemble of classically trained mariachi musician siblings who go by the stage names Vega De La Rockha, El Cucuy, Ramon Holiday, Maximilian Sanchez and Poncho Rockafeller. While they play their sets using traditional mariachi instruments, their stage show and presence is more along the lines of KISS and Rob Zombie, as they blend music and humor with outlandish costumes and stage personalities.
Metalachi has earned the admiration and praise of a loyal and diverse fan base as well as noted musicians such as Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, Sublime’s Eric Wilson, Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows, and Billy Idol. They have also been featured on America’s Got Talent, CNN’s Great Big Story, National Geographic and Rolling Stone en Español.
“This show is going to be part mariachi, part metal, part comedy and a whole lot of fun,” said Keri Smith, director of Palmdale Recreation and Culture.
Tickets are available at www.PalmdaleAmphitheater.com. VIP tickets are $10 and general admission is $5. Kids age 12 and under are admitted free with paid guardian or adult. Parking is free. Gates open at 6 p.m. VIP ticket includes a chair (theater-style, first-come, first-served). General admission, bring your own chair. No outside food or drinks allowed. Concessions will be available, including beer and wine.