New York’s “Mariachi Tapatio de Alvaro Paulino” is a Mariachi band based out of Brooklyn, New York. They were established in 1983 by Alvaro Paulino, years after he moved to the United States. He and his son Alvaro Paulino Jr. now play together, with his son taking most of the singing duties.
With Paulino Jr. taking control of musical direction, the band has continued to share the stage with world famous artists and perform at distinguished venues and events. On Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, they performed with Camila Cabello during the NBC special Michael Bublé’s Christmas in the City, where she sang “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”
The band is linked with The New York City Mariachi INC, which serves as an outlet for them to teach Mariachi music to aspiring musicians, both kids and adults.
“My vision is that the public, students and professional musicians are able to develop, promote and preserve this valuable musical tradition, “El Mariachi!”” said Paulino Jr.
Not only have they had the chance to play in the tri-state area and the states surrounding it, but they have also had the opportunity to perform internationally, including places like Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Panama, and Costa Rica.
They play at various venues throughout the week, on average playing about 30 hours a week. However, there are busier times throughout the year where they can perform for up to 40 hours a week.
Paulino Jr. knows that it is important to be able to make a living but he and the band are not in it for the money.
“I do it for the passion I have for the music,” said Paulino Jr. “I don’t worry about the money, but the love for the music and being able to follow such a rich tradition is why I do it.”