Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan
The Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan concert comes in the midst of a fall season that may be the most diverse the University Musical Society has ever mounted. November alone brings, along with major classical artists, a revival of the internationally significant avant-garde ONCE festival of the 1960s, Lebanese pop from vocalist Assi El Helani, and the rock-theater fusion of Stew & The Negro Problem (which UMS is taking to the space left vacant by Leopold Brothers bar.) I don't know of a major performing arts organization anywhere in the country that's experimenting more vigorously.
[Originally published in November, 2010.]