Musicians in Plaza Garibaldi, Mexico City D.F. 11pm, November 20, 2009.
Last night, after a long day of wonderful conversations and presentations by colleagues in the Society for Ethnomusicology, I went out on the city with Ben for dinner and a soundwalk. Eventually we found ourselves in Plaza Garibaldi, known for the many mariachi groups and bandas norteñas who hawk their skills and play requests for passing listeners.
Walking home from the plaza, we both wondered why so many costumed mariachis were standing in the street hailing taxis, but not getting in.