Mariachi de Grand Ave only has been around for about a year, but these centrally located folks do it right. Led by David Marquez (of the renowned Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra), the traditional mariachi band regularly performs at ThirdSpace on Grand Avenue (at the junction of Grand and 11th avenues) as well as other venues around the city. In the past year, they have shared the stage with bands as diverse as Valley metal masters Sacred Reich (for a Bernie Sanders fundraiser) and touring band Metalachi, who plays classic heavy metal covers mariachi style, as well as sharing their killer sounds with art events and local favorites like Fayuca. Marquez is often joined by a stellar cast of players, including regulars Adrian Fontes, Yoli Bejarano, Gabi Velez, and brother Simon Marquez. Known for their exquisite harmonies and ridiculously tight and authentic musicianship, Mariachi de Grand Ave have made quite an impact on mariachi music in Phoenix, and their future is incredibly bright.