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.”
Congratulations Marisa, we are proud of you.