Mariachi band interrupts Sen. Cory Gardner at Colorado Springs event

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Republican Sen. Cory Gardner was just about to speak at an event in Colorado Springs when he was interrupted by a mariachi band on Wednesday.

The band played for about 10 seconds at the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Coffee with Cory until they were asked to stop.

The band represented Americans for Conservation of the Arts and the Latino community.

Members of the band became members of the Chamber of Commerce to gain access to the event.

A spokeswoman for the group told Gardner they wanted to get the senator's attention after months of not being able to get a hold of him.

Coloradans have been demanding answers from Gardner on issues such as the future of marijuana in the state, health care and Russia.

In a bizarre political event staged in Denver in February, more than 1,000 people showed up at a town hall meeting, knowing Gardner wasn't going to show up.

The crowd -- almost entirely Democrats -- gathered at Byers Middle School to ask questions to a cardboard cutout of the senator.

In the past, Gardner has refused to hold town hall meetings, saying his tele town halls are more effective.

Gardner said more than 44,000 people have participated in his recent tele town halls.

When he held a telephone town hall meeting on March 1, close to 10,000 people listened in.