The Mariachi Ghost feeling alive after SXSW concerts
Winnipeg band travels to Austin, Texas to play legendary South by Southwest Music Festival
Winnipeg band the Mariachi Ghost says they had an "overwhelming" experience playing one of the largest music festivals in North America, South By Southwest (SXSW), in Austin, Texas.
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Lead singer Jorge Requena-Ramos said the media attention is invaluable for a band of their size.
"There were bands there that play stadiums in Latin America that were next to us on the same list," he said of NPR's coverage.
Requena-Ramos said the networking he was able to do in Austin, rubbing shoulders with the music industry's most influential people, should give the Mariachi Ghost and edge when it works with promoters in the United States to book future shows.
"Having those three or four days in Austin being treated with real, professional respect is a really big deal," he said.
The Mariachi Ghost played their first official show in 2009 at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.