Free concerts by contemporary pop and rock artists of various genres – local, national and, sometimes, international. August 6: Dirty Black Beans (rockabilly, blues, swing).
August 13: Cian (jazzz, rock, contemporary classic). August 20: José Meyer y los Bravos de Occidente (fusion of folk, country, americana and classic rock). August 27: Soulvivors (blues).
Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Mondays, 8 p.m. Free.
More on Mondays
Monday concerts of differing genres. August 6: Pianist Patricia Garcia Torres. August 13: Mexicanto. August 20: Ensamble Scherzy.
Palcco, Mondays, 8:30 p.m. 100 pesos.
The Jalisco Culture Secretariat’s “Martes de Musica y Opera” series showcases talented classical musicians at free-of-charge Tuesday evening recitals. August 7: Ensamble Cantiga Virreinal. August 14: Yalissa Cruz Espino (cello), Rosa María Valdez (piano) and special invited guest Sergio Emilio Parra (piano). August 21: Operatic favorites with Alan Hernandez (tenor), Gabriela Florez (mezzosoprano), Hector Miguel Ocampo (piano), Erick Lopez (flute). August 28: Ancient music with Volta, a nine-member group.
Teatro Alarife Martín Casillas, Tuesdays, 8 p.m. Free.
The Ballet de Jalisco present “La Fille mal gardée” (The Wayward Daughter), a comic ballet in two acts, inspired by Pierre-Antoine Baudouin’s 1789 painting, La réprimande/Une jeune fille querellée par sa mère.
Teatro Degollado, Friday, August 10, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, August 11, 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, August 12, 12:30 p.m. 100-250 pesos.
Disney on Ice
All those lovable Disney characters will be sliding, twirling and jumping around a frozen block of water at another summer vacation presentation of Disney on Ice at the c in Zapopan. Tickets start at a very affordable 150 pesos, but be warned, the cheap seats are in the very highest part of the vast auditorium and offer only a distant view of proceedings and may be a letdown for the young ones.
Auditorio Telmex, Thursday, August 9, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Friday, August 10, noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, August 11, noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, August 12, noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. 150-1,350 pesos.
Traditional Mariachi Festival
As in past years, the 13th Encuentro Nacional del Mariachi Tradicional (Traditional Mariachi Festival) will precede the big annual mariachi bash, with performances scheduled at several city venues from August 13 to 19. Whereas the modern mariachi band, with its mix of brass and strings, charro outfits and big, bold sound, has come to represent Mexico and Jalisco in particular throughout the world, traditional mariachi musicians represent a style closer to son music, the form that gave birth to mariachi in the 19th century. They often wear much less ostentatious loose-fitting white peasant shirts, usually with black or white pants and huarache sandals. The big difference, though, is that they do not employ brass instruments, sticking with guitars and violins, guitars and harps, or some other mix of string instruments.
Various venues in metro Guadalajara, August 13-19. Free.
Rock Pack: The Legends of Rock
A concert experience featuring the lead vocalists, past and present from bands such as Chicago (Bill Champlin), Journey (Kevin Chalfant), Boston (Fran Cosmo), Santana (Alex Lingergood), Toto (Bobby Kimball) and more.
Teatro Diana, Wednesday, August 22, 9 p.m. 600-1,800 pesos.
God Save the Queen
One of the most highly-rated Queen tribute bands in concert.
Palcco, Thursday, August 23, 9 p.m. 250-350 pesos.
The gala concerts at the majestic Teatro Degollado are among the high points of the International Mariachi Festival in Guadalajara, scheduled August 22 to September 2. On six evenings during the festival, the country’s top mariachi groups perform alongside the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra in lively and emotional performances. The high-end ticket prices help fund many of the festival’s free events.
Teatro Degollado, Friday, August 24; Saturday, August 25; Tuesday, August 28; Wednesday, August 29; Thursday, August 30 and Friday, August 31. All at 8:30 p.m. 550-2,300 pesos, available from Ticketmaster and Chamber of Commerce (Camara de Comercio) box offices (33)3880-9043.
Cirque du Soleil
The famed Montreal-based troupe brings its Mexican-themed show, Luzia, to Guadalajara for a series of presentations. Luzia is inspired by the richness of the Mexican culture, its name fusing the sound of luz (light in Spanish) and lluvia (rain), two elements at the core of the show’s creation. The show features a cast of 44 artists from 15 countries and is Cirque du Soleil’s 38th production since 1984. Its promoters in this country describe the show as “a sumptuous journey through an imaginary Mexico – a surreal world suspended between dreams and real life.”
Explanda Lopez Mateos (Avenida Lopez Mateos and Las Rosas). 890-2,290 pesos, available from Ticketmaster. Thursday, August 30, 9 p.m.; Friday, August 31. 9 p.m.; Saturday, September 1, 5 and 9 p.m.; Sunday, September 2, 1 and 5 p.m.; Tuesday, September 4, 9 p.m.; Wednesday, September 5, 9 p.m.; Thursday, September 6, 9 p.m.; Friday, September 7, 9 p.m.; Saturday, September 8, 5 and 9 p.m.; Sunday, September 9, 1 and 5 p.m.; Tuesday, September 11, 9 p.m.; Wednesday, September 12, 9 p.m.; Thursday, September 13, 9 p.m.; Friday, September 14, 9 p.m.; Saturday, September 15, 5 and 9 p.m.; Sunday, September 16, 1 and 5 p.m.550-3,600 pesos.
Catherine Russell quartet
U.S. vocalist whose father, the late Luis Russell, was Louis Armstrong’s longtime musical director. Her mother, the late Carline Ray, held degrees from both Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music and performed with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm during World War II. With Russell’s deep and genuine roots in jazz and the blues, a reputation for talent and quality performances, significant exposure in the country’s jazz and other music venues (including Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center), Russell has become well known in jazz circles and, as of January, 2014, was the second best-selling female artist on several jazz charts.
Conjunto de Artes Escenicas, Thursday, September 20, 9 p.m. 200-350 pesos.
Depeche Mode tribute band, Strangelove, in concert. Despite being a British band, this outfit is composed of four musicians from Los Angeles.
Teatro Diana, Thursday, September 20, 9 p.m. 400-800 pesos.
Carmen & Bolero
The Ballet de Jalisco, the state’s only full-time professional classical dance troupe, presents an adaptation of the famed Spanish work, Carmen, accompanied by the Jalisco Philharmonic Orchestra. With music by Rodión Schedrin, based on Bizet’s original score, this will be a world premiere featuring new choreography by Mark Godden. Also, a performance of Ravel’s Bolero, with choreography by Ballet de Jalisco director Dariusz Blajer.
Teatro Degollado, Friday, September 21, 8:30 p.m., Saturday, September 22, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, September 23, 12:30 p.m. 150-450 pesos.
Les Balletsde Monte Carlo
A premier European dance troupe presents “Swan Lake.” Thirty dancers are expected in Guadalajara to perform ballet’s most famous and adored work. Established in 1985, the troupe is the official company of the Principality of Monaco.
Conjunto de Artes Escenicas, Friday, October 5, 9 p.m.; Saturday. October 6, 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 7, 6 p.m. 500-1,100 pesos.