Coordinates: Mariachi Plaza is located in the Boyle Heights district of the city of Los Angeles, east of downtown. Since the 1930s, mariachi musicians have gathered in hopes of being hired by visitors who are looking for a full band, trio or solo singer. The plaza resembles Mexico's famed Plaza Garibaldi in both form and function and draws people form all over Los Angeles. This plaza is also an historic gateway to the neighborhood.
Day or night, one can find many musicians waiting around the plaza and hotel across the street to be hired for work. Local leaders hope to promote the plaza and for it to remain a sanctuary for musicians. There is a small kiosk located in the plaza, similar to those found in Mexico, donated by the Mexican State of Jalisco, the birthplace of mariachi music.
The plaza is bounded by E. 1st Street to the south, N. Boyle Avenue to the west, and a small residential street named Pleasant Avenue to its north. The Kiosk is ornamental and not necessarily the best structure for acoustics.
Mariachi Plaza (LACMTA station)
The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority has a light rail subway station under the plaza on the Eastside extension of the Gold Line. The plaza has a direct route into Downtown Los Angeles and a connection to other lines of the Metro. The square will be revamped and retail is planned.
- Bermudez, Esmeralda (November 30, 2014) "Mariachi Plaza development plan worries L.A. musicians" Los Angeles Times
- Ohnsman, Alan and Gould, Jens Erik (March 12, 2008 "Ay Caramba! Los Angeles Mariachis Play Blues After Forced Move" Bloomberg News
- Bermudez, Esmeralda (January 23, 2015) "Boyle Heights residents force a fresh start on Mariachi Plaza project" Los Angeles Times
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