Best Free Mariachi Music - 2004
This little place might not look like much from the outside, but La Rondalla is San Francisco's unrivaled home for brassy, classic mariachi. Here, an eight-piece band hits it every day of the week except Monday. Dressed in matching jackets, studded pants, and shiny boots, the musicians offer patrons classic Mexican folk music on a traditional battery of instruments. The action in the place is nearly overwhelming: Waitresses dart to and fro between band members with steaming trays of Mexican comfort food; instrumentalists stand amongst the tables and take turns singing; and pummeling margaritas flow out of a tap! The resulting cacophony might be slightly out of tune and chaotic at times, but the experience is magnificent. And if the tips are big, the band will play all night long.