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Entertainment Guide - August 12, 2017

Monday concerts

Concerts are held each Monday at this classy and relatively new cultural complex to the north of the city.

August 21: Charlie Jazz pays homage to Frank Sinatra. August 28: The Klaus Mayer Big Band presents Swing Forever, with the music of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, among others.

Palcco, Mondays, 8 p.m. 100 pesos.

Tuesday recitals

The Jalisco Culture Secretariat’s “Martes de Música y Ópera” series showcases talented classical musicians at free-of-charge Tuesday evening recitals. August 15: Guitarist Hugo Gracian and flautist Eduardo Arambula interpret works dating from ancient Greece to the 20th century.  August 22: The Orquesta de Cámara Elga performs suites by Warlock, Janacek, Holst and Grieg. August 29: Pianist Kamuel Zepeda plays an assortment of Mexican music.

Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Free.

Thursday Dance

Weekly performances by a variety of modern and classic dance troupes. August 17: Belly dancers. August 24: The Danza con Clase Fernando Serna company interpret various bailes de salón (Danzón, Son Cubano, Bolero, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo, Cumbia and Salsa). August 31: Escuela de Danza Doris Topete.

Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Thursday, 8 p.m. Free.

Folk dance

Regarded as the best folk dance troupe in Mexico, the Ballet Folklorico of the Universidad de Guadalajara returns for another season of summer shows on Sunday evenings. See dances from all over the country, as well as emotive local favorites, such as the “Jarabe Tapatio” and “La Culebra.” Not to be missed!

Teatro Degollado, Sundays: August 13 and 20; September 3, 10 and 17. All start at 6 p.m. 100-420 pesos.


Concert by well-known pop/rock band from California much loved by teens.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, August 12, 7:30 p.m. 590-950 pesos.

Batería al Frente


Dozens of young  drummers from the Academia de Batería Francisco Molina play pop and rock from various eras.

Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Friday, August 18, 8 p.m. 100 pesos.

Mexico-Israel duo

The duo LaSolFaReMi present a program titled “Tres siglos de dúos para flauta de pico” (Three centuries of duos for piccolo flute), with works by Orlando di Lasso, Thomas Morley, Hotterterre, Telemann and Ernst Krämer.

Ex Convento del Carmen, Saturday, August 19, 8 p.m. Free.

Ricardo Arjona

Guatemalan singer-songwriter enjoys a big following in Mexico. His music ranges from ballads to Latin pop, rock, pop rock, Cuban music, and more recently a cappella performances.

Auditorio Telmex, Thursday August 24 and Saturday, August 26, 9 p.m. 550-2,650 pesos.

Mariachi galas

The splashy and emotive evening galas are the big-ticket item at the 24th Guadalajara International Mariachi Festival. The Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra lines up alongside the biggest names in the genre: Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlán, Mariachi de América de Don Jesús Rodríguez de Hijar, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán and Mariachi Sol de América.

Teatro Degollado, August 25, 26, 29, 30 31 and September 1, 8 p.m.  500-2,250 pesos.  Tickets also available at Camera de Comercio (Vallarta 4095, corner Niño Obrero).

Cafe Tacvba


One of Mexico’s most iconic rock bands in concert.

Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, August 19, 9 p.m. 450-1,000 pesos.

God Save the Queen

Acclaimed Queen tribute band from Argentina have picked up rave reviews for their shows over the past decade.

Auditorio Telmex, Wednesday August 30, 9 p.m. 400-800 pesos.

Lindsey Stirling


U.S. violinist, dancer, performance artist and composer performs electronic, classical crossover and dubstep.  This show supports her “Brave Enough” album.

Teatro Diana, Thursday, August 31, 9 p.m. 480-1,300 pesos.

Alejandro Fernandez

Mariachi Festival gala concert features one of Mexico’s biggest ranchero stars – he’s also the son of music legend Vicente Fernandez – and top mariachi bands.

Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, September 2, 9 p.m. 550-2,600 pesos.

Il Volo

Italian operatic pop trio, consisting of Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto and Gianluca Ginoble.

Teatro Diana, Saturday, September 10, 6 p.m. 500-1,300 pesos.


U.S. band now in their 50th year is one of the best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 100 million records.  Music covers mostly rock, soft rock and jazz.

Auditorio Telmex, Tuesday, September 12, 9 p.m. 650-1,450 pesos.

Sara Valenzuela

Local musician/composer known for her eclectic repertoire, featuring jazz, funk, soul, rock and folk music.

Teatro Torres Bodet (Av. España 2020, Colonia Moderna), Thursday, September 14, 8:30 p.m. Tickets 300 pesos from voyalteatro.com.

Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra

The state orchestra gets its fall season underway with a special program dedicated to Mexican composers. Topping the bill will be Jose Pablo Moncayo’s moving “Huapango” composition. Also pieces by Silvestre Revueltas and Arturo Marquez. Young, locally-born composer Juan Pablo Contreras will be on hand to conduct the Guadalajara debut of his latest work, “Mariachitlan.”  JPO Musical Director Marco Parisotto takes the baton and Carlos Prieto, one of Mexico’s leading cellists, is the invited soloist. Amazingly, ticket prices are still the same as last year. In fact, they have not changed for the past five years! Expect a sellout.

Teatro Degollado, Thursday, September 14, 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 17, 12:30 p.m. 110-200 pesos.

Lila Downs

Concert by widely acclaimed Mexican-American singer-songwriter who works in multiple genres, including Mexican traditional and popular music.  The Oaxaca-born singer has received many awards, including one Grammy and two Latin Grammys.

Teatro Diana, Friday, September 22, 9 p.m. 350-1,200 pesos.

Romeo & Juliet

The Ballet Jalisco, the only professional classical troupe in the state, teams up with the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra to present the renowned work based on the play by William Shakespeare.

Teatro Degollado, Friday, September 22, 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 23, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 24, 12:30 p.m. 100-400 pesos.

Andre Rieu

Concert by popular Dutch violinist, who directs his own orchestra.  His melodramatic stage performances and rock-star demeanor have been widely associated with a revival of waltz music. Has been named the world’s most successful male touring artist by Billboard magazine on several occasions.

Auditorio Telmex, Saturday, September 23, 9 p.m. and Sunday, September 24, 8 p.m. 375-1,900 pesos.

Swan Lake

Moscow State Ballet returns to present classic work.

Auditorio Telmex, Friday, September 29, 9 p.m. 300-650pesos.



Presentation by U.S. trumpeter and composer who started to gain fame in 2001 with the recording of his “Night Sessions” album.  In 2013, Botti won the Grammy Award in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category for the album “Impressions.” He was also nominated in 2008 for his album “Italia” and received three nominations in 2010 for the live album “Chris Botti In Boston.”

Teatro Diana, Tuesday, August 29, 9 p.m. 350-1,200 pesos.

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