Mariachi El Bronx Gives Mexican Folk Music a Fierce Makeover

Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan, Sept. 13-15


Frontman Matt Caughthran prefaced his performance with a reminder, “Three years, Las Vegas. We’ve done it for three years. Every year, around this time, we sit in a dark room and wait for the phone to ring so we can play for you.” Sporting traditional Mexican Charro suits, Mariachi El Bronx proved to fans that a side project from the band The Bronx could be much more, especially on Mexican Independence Day weekend.

The Los Angeles eight-piece played a stellar hourlong set of their punk rock take on traditional mariachi music. They began with the fierce “48 Roses” and blazed through songs such as “Cell Mates” and “Revolution Girls” with musical prowess. In addition to the dancing, shot-taking and mayhem that transpired onstage, the band debuted songs from their upcoming album, III. The songs “Wildfires” and “High Tide” displayed a more progressive, mature sound from the band, which should have fans even more excited for the new record. ★★★✩✩