Ask Chris: Merry Mariachis


Q: Where can I go to hear great mariachi music?

A: What’s better than watching a big, brassy mariachi band? Watching two big, brassy mariachi bands playing on the same day! Decorated with jungle-temple reliefs, the top floor of El Mercado de Los Angeles in Boyle Heights has dual stages where more than a dozen charro-suited musicians perform at least three times a night, every night. Order a combo plate, grab a seat at a banquet table, and catch an earful of guitarrón heroes.