We don’t want to limit ourselves. The two met as teens in an after-school mariachi band. At the pasadena church performance days later, samaniego belted out a song, in english, that he dedicated to the lgbt community: frank sinatra’s “my way. Hire a little person for your event, performance, commercial, movie or production at gigsalad. Samaniego is the director and founder of mariachi arcoiris de los angeles (rainbow mariachi), which bills itself as the world’s first lgbt mariachi band.
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Often, gay people in the crowd get emotional having a same-sex person in a mariachi sing to them because it never happens, samaniego said. Once, a friend and fellow musician she and samaniego grew up with needed a female musician for a gig and samaniego suggested melendez. As trumpeter ruby gutierrez sang “la feria de las flores,” a woman in a collared shirt and vest walked up and grinned shyly, tucking a dollar into gutierrez’s blouse as the people at her table clapped.