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Mariachi. Rock 'n' roll. Jazz. Rhythm and blues. Symphony. Pop.

With the smorgasboard of sounds served up at Fiesta, it would be no shame to be a little perplexed over what to see and hear.

Here are some tips so you, too, can be an educated musical Fiestero.

The Mariachi Festival

A cultural feast for those who appreciate the sounds of mariachis. Like all great forms of music, mariachi has cool cross-over appeal.

The popular teen mariachi group Juvenil Mariachi, whose members' ages range from 12 to 16, will perform.

If you love music, any kind of music, the Mariachi Festival, 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Barbara County Bowl is the one. Tickets are $15, $20 and $25, and are available at Ticketmaster outlets.

Perla Batalla

The Ojai resident is scheduled to perform songs from her self-titled CD at 10 a.m. Thursday at De la Guerra Plaza. Joe Velasco, musical coordinator for De La Guerra says Batalla "has an amazing voice" and that her CD "doesn't do her voice justice." She blends her Latin musical style with a little bit of contemporary pop.


Also at De la Guerra Plaza on Wednesday, the popular Los Angeles band will show off its myriad musical talents -- a mix of Latin, salsa, and funk. They take the stage at 10 a.m.

Mento Buru

No doubt this ska, funk, mambo and reggae band will sure get the crowd jumping at De la Guerra Plaza. Or as Velasco so candidly put it, "If you're not dancing to this band, you're either dead or crippled." They're scheduled to play at 10 a.m. Friday.

Roy Gallaway

Just a hip-hop, skip and a jump away from the the De la Guerra Plaza is El Mercado del Norte at MacKenzie Park. For a soulful twist from the traditional sounds associated with Fiesta check out this local R&B act at 6 p.m. Thursday.

West Coast Symphony Orchestra

Close out Fiesta with classical sounds of Christopher Story VI at the Courthouse Sunken Garden, 3:30 p.m., Aug. 3. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs.

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