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!

 

Should I start teaching lessons? How?

The beginning...


I get asked frequently about how to start teaching music lessons from fellow musicians. I have been teaching private lessons for over a decade and I wished I started a lot sooner for the sole fact that I would have become a better musician faster. In my experience I found that in order to be viewed as a potential instructor I had to study and get organized. For years I had what my friend Jimmy Townsend called “Swiss cheese knowledge” due to the holes I had in my musical training. Well after I stuck my neck out taking on my first student it was time to start at the beginning. I bought guitar method books, music theory for dummies and most importantly I spied on other_ teachers. Sadly my first student didn’t know what was coming and tried to dump all the informatin I had been studying in 30 min which was a disaster. The poor kid just wanted to strum his new guitar and I got lost trying to explain to him how to harmonize the major scale. After a couple lessons I figured out our pace and outlined some rough lesson plans. My student and his dad were both happy and I felt good about our progress as well. 
If you feel that you are wanting to make some extras cash and learn more about your craft then by all means I recommend you start teaching. Maybe try with a relative or friend first to get your beak wet before you throw a price out there. Nowadays it so easy to post videos online or at least record them to critique your teaching skills. 

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"2009 Entertainers of the Year" - Hispanic Round Table

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