Mezcal

"Nobody reads a crowd, then consequently owns a room, better than the versatile, multi-genre, dance party-starters, known as Mezcal" - Aaron Gomes (Sound & Vision Foundation)

  

Born out of the belly of the San Joaquin Valley, MEZCAL has been entertaining audiences across the state for the past ten years. Their Latin groove's have taken them from Visalia’s annual Dia Del Niñ  o Celebration at the Manuel Hernandez Center to Las Vegas for the nationally televised America’s Next Great American Band competition in 2007. Out of over 10,000 acts, MEZCAL was chosen as one of the top 60 bands for the FOX series. They have shared the stage with the likes of Los Lobos, Malo, El Chicano, Tierra, and Poncho Sanchez.


The band consists of local members, Alejo Delgado- Bass, and family members Carlos- Guitar, Estevan- Congas, and Marisa Rodriguez- Timbales. Over the years, MEZCAL has kept their audiences moving to their mix of Rock and Afro-Cuban rhythms. In addition, core members Carlos, Estevan, Marisa, and Alejo actively participate in community events to support local youth and migrant farm workers through volunteer work and music workshops/performances. Their involvement with organizations like CASA, Sound & Vision Foundation, and other groups has helped raise funds and/or spread awareness for the enrichment of community interests. 
MEZCAL has successfully operated as a grassroots effort with the support of local family, friends, and fans. Check the Shows page to see when Mezcal will be playing near you!

 

Percussionist Marisa Rodriguez Receives Award

This past September MEZCAL percussionist Marisa Rodriguez was selected as an honoree for the 2014 Latinas in Business & Professions Association, Celebrating Latinas in the Performing & Visual Arts.  The LBPA Committee selected eight nominees in the community.  Honorees were chosen for their artistic work throughout the Central Valley and their efforts in promoting leadership within their communities.  “I remember attending events like these as a teenager, usually performing or selling merchandise for my family’s business,” states Rodriguez.  “It was a humbling experience to be honored in such a forum and by people that I have longed recognized as local leaders”.    


Marisa works as a History Teacher at Fort Miller Middle School of Fresno Unified.  She received her BA in History at Fresno State; followed by a Teaching Credential at Fresno Pacific.  Following in the music tradition of the “Familia Rodriguez”, Marisa started playing music at an early age with her brothers’ first band the “Latineers”.  She started performing live around the Central Valley with current group MEZCAL at age seventeen.  MEZCAL proudly participates in community events to support local youth and migrant farm workers through volunteer work and music workshops/performances.  Their involvement with organizations like CASA, Sound & Vision Foundation, and other groups has helped raise funds and/or spread awareness for the enrichment of community interests.  “It was a beautiful event with friends and family.  I’m grateful to be able to carry on the musical heritage of my family here in the Valley.” 

  Marisa - El Pargo

Marisa - El Pargo

Marisa - Siempre Selena Show

 Marisa & Rosalinda

Marisa & Rosalinda

Congratulations Marisa, we are proud of you. 

Rodriguez gets lost in Paris

For most of the month of September, frontman Carlos Rodriguez had the fortunate experience of traveling to Paris, France. Invited by fellow bassist Richard Caetano, Carlos was able to meet and jam with many different musicians around Paris, touring even as far south as Toulouse.

 Rodriguez and Richard Caetano - 2014

Rodriguez and Richard Caetano - 2014

From enjoying delicious foods and making many new friends, to taking in the sights and sounds of an ancient romantic city, Rodriguez thought that this adventure couldn't get any better. But after playing a private function in a small village, tucked away in the country side of south France, Rodriguez was given a gift that he will never forget. Guitar collector, Eric Montiel, hosted Rodriguez and shared his collection with Carlos. "I played some of the most famous and iconic guitars ever made... From Les Paul gold tops to vintage Gibson hollow bodies". After almost 4 hours of strumming on Rickenbacker's, Telecasters and Epiphone's, Montiel surprised Carlos with giving him a vintage Fender Telecaster! The 1958 Esquire maple neck is what makes this instrument special. The body was refinished and looks like the butterscotch classic that many like Prince and Keith Richards have played for decades. The Tele, which Carlos endearingly calls "Frenchie" was given with two stipulations.

1. Rodriguez could not sell the guitar. (Which he'd never do anyways!)

2. He also had to promise to go back to the Montiel residence one day to play music again.

Rodriguez accepted and now is the proud owner of one of his dream guitars. Dig the photos..

 

Frenchie - Body shot

Frenchie Front

Carlos and Richard Caetano - 2014


 
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