When genres collide

Metalachi brings heavy metal mariachi music to an upcoming Levitt AMP Music series show.

Metalachi [Supplied]

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Posted April 5, 2024 | By Amy Davidson
Special to the Ocala Gazette

On Friday, April 5, The 2024 Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series has a treat in store for music lovers looking for a unique sound: The world’s “first and only” heavy metal mariachi cover band, Metalachi.

Joined by opener El Trio Rosal, self-proclaimed “party band” Metalachi will be performing from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, April 5 at Webb Field in the Martin Luther King Recreation Complex, 1501 W. Silver Springs Blvd. 

You don’t have to be part of any particular “music scene” to be part of the weekly concerts that run from March to May. Now in its eighth season, the free series showcases bands from a diverse and eclectic background, exposing the community to professional acts that locals normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to see live.

And it’s bands like Metalachi that highlight the appeal and success of the Levitt AMP Ocala Music Series. According to the band’s website, Metalachi began about a decade ago. Their fusion of heavy metal and mariachi cover songs bring a newness to hits like “Crazy Train” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The band’s theatrics, stage presence and musical skill seek to motivate the audience members to open their minds to a whole new musical experience. 

The “Gazette” spoke with Metalachi’s violinist Queen Kyla Vera over the phone during a recent show in California. 

“Gazette:” What makes a live performance a “good show?’’

A: The audience is always the most important part of a good show. There was a time our show was rained out but there was that one guy who was clapping: that’s a good performance. We’re a party band; Getting everyone into the show, even if it’s one guy, it’s what we do.

“Gazette:” The fusion of heavy metal and mariachi is fun, and easy to take in as a listener. 

A: The two genres are complementary. Sure, there are electric instruments and distortion peddles, but there’s also similar instrumentation. The singing styles, the guitars, are similar. It’s all passionately driven!

“Gazette:” Is touring a major part of your life?

A: Yes, we are always on the road. But we do have a full tour now through March [West Coast] and April. Touring is our life!

The family event offers kid friendly games and food/beverages for purchase from food truck vendors. 

Bring: Grab a lawn chair, a blanket and zone out to the music.

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