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‘Heavy metal mariachi’ next month at The AMP


Alt/Latin artists Metalachi will perform their unique blend of metal rock and mariachi music at the Palmdale Amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 11 as part of the city of Palmdale’s summer concert series.

Billed as the “World’s First and Only Heavy Metal Mariachi Band,” Metalachi performs mariachi versions of classic metal songs such as “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne, “Sweet Child of Mine” from Guns ‘N’ Roses, “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi, “Man In A Box” from Alice In Chains, “The Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin, “Cemetery Gates” from Pantera, and many more.

With roots in Juarez, Mexico and Hollywood, Metalachi is a five-piece ensemble of classically trained mariachi musician siblings who go by the stage names Vega De La Rockha, El Cucuy, Ramon Holiday, Maximilian Sanchez and Poncho Rockafeller.

While they play their sets using traditional mariachi instruments, their stage show and presence is more along the lines of KISS and Rob Zombie, as they blend music and humor with outlandish costumes and stage personalities.

Metalachi has earned the admiration and praise of a loyal and diverse fan base as well as noted musicians such as Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, Sublime’s Eric Wilson, Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, Avenged Sevenfold’s M. Shadows, and Billy Idol. They have also been featured on America’s Got Talent, CNN’s Great Big Story, National Geographic” and Rolling Stone en Español.

“This show is going to be part mariachi, part metal, part comedy and a whole lot of fun!” said Palmdale’s Director of Recreation and Culture Keri Smith.

Tickets are available at VIP tickets are $10 and general admission is $5. Kids age 12 and under are admitted free with paid guardian or adult. Parking is free. Gates open at 6 pm and the concert begins at 8 pm. VIP ticket includes a chair (theater-style, first-come, first-served). General admission, bring your own chair. No outside food or drinks allowed. Concessions will be available, including beer and wine.

Other concerts coming to Palmdale Amphitheater this summer include the Freedom Celebration & Fireworks featuring The Alley Cats and Soul City Band on Saturday, June 30, The Lao Tizer Band featuring Eric Marienthal, Chieli Minucci and Karen Briggs with Incendio on Saturday, July 14, and Bret Michaels on Saturday, July 21. One additional act and date will be announced shortly.

About The Amp

The Amp at Marie Kerr Park is the Antelope Valley’s premier outdoor entertainment venue, providing audiences with a blend of high-energy concert performances and community-based programming. Voted AV’s Best Place for Live Music in 2018, its convenient location, great sight lines and comfortable, grassy seating areas are complemented by evening concerts and Family Movie Nights presented during summer months, and a host of charity walks, concerts, graduations, services and events throughout the year.