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Mariachi Group Will End Weis Center’s Current Season

Apr 18, 2017 01:44PM ● By Erica Shames
Mariachi Los Camperos will bring the Weis Center’s 2016-17 season to a close on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Mariachi Los Camperos was founded in 1960 by mariachi giant Natividad “Nati” Cano. His passing in October 2014 was mourned nationwide by performers, students, and lovers of mariachi.  A traditionalist and a visionary, Cano played an integral role in the development of mariachi music in North America by training and mentoring new generations of mariachi musicians, by expanding the repertoire, and by bringing mariachi performance out of the traditional venue, the cantinas, and into the concert hall.  

Cano’s seminal contribution to mariachi was marked by institutions as diverse as UCLA, where he where he taught for many years and revitalized the “Music of Mexico” program, and the Smithsonian Museum, whose recording label Smithsonian Folkways released a number of albums recorded by Los Camperos, including the GRAMMY winner, Amor, Dolor y Lágrima. 

The ensemble emerged as a major driving force of mariachi music in the United States and celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in 2010.  Los Camperos is known for Cano's musical arrangements that highlight the individual skills and voices of the players. The ensemble features the finest musicians from Mexico and the United States and has performed for audiences worldwide.

Mariachi Los Camperos was one of four mariachi bands that collaborated on Linda Ronstadt’s album, Canciones de Mi Padre (Songs of my Father). In 1988-89, the group worked on the promotion of the album, including national television appearances on programs such as The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and the Grammy Awards Show. They also appear on Linda Ronstadt’s Mas Canciones (More Songs).

The ensemble has recorded nine albums including: Puro Mariachi (Indigo Records, 1961); North of the Border (RCA/Carino Records, 1965); El Super Mariachi, Los Camperos (Latin International, 1968); Valses de Amor (La Fonda Records, 1973); Canciones de Siempre (PolyGram Latino, 1993); Sounds of Mariachi (Delfin Records, 1996) and Fiesta Navidad (Delfin Records, 1997); Viva el Mariachi (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2003); Llegaron Los Camperos, (Smithsonian Folkways, 2005.) Los Camperos shared a 2005 Best Musical Album for Children Grammy for cELLAbration!, A tribute to Ella Jenkins. In 2006, the album Llegaron Los Camperos was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album. In 2008, the group released their third CD with Smithsonian Folkways, entitled Amor, Dolor y Lágrima that won the 2009 Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Album. The group has most recently been nominated for a 2016 Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Album for Tradición, Arte Y Pasión.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2). Tickets can be purchased online at the Campus Box Office or by calling 570-577-1000.

Please note that tickets are available in the main auditorium only; the balcony will be closed.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at

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