FILE - In this June 8, 2011 file photo, mariachi musicians stand at the Mariachi Plaza by the Boyle Heights Metro Station in Los Angeles. Los Angeles’ famed mariachis of La Plaza in Boyle Heights ... more 
FILE - In this June 8, 2011 file photo, mariachi musicians stand at the Mariachi Plaza by the Boyle Heights Metro Station in Los Angeles. Los Angeles’ famed mariachis of La Plaza in Boyle Heights are singing a lot of ai-yai-yai’s these days. Not only are they seeing fewer bookings from the recession, but they’re being vastly undercut in price by “coyotes” – amateurs trying to make an extra buck, but lack, the pros say, the musical talent and even the complete elaborate spangled costumes that forms part of the essential mariachi experience. The musicos of La Plaza are banding together to form a “mariachis union,” said to be the first of its kind, to set prices and share bookings. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Damian Dovarganes, file
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