HoCo Fest benefits The Mariachi Miracle documentary.

Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta

Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta

The final night (Sunday August 31) of the 2014 HoCo Fest is a Latin music extravaganza that also serves to help fund Daniel Buckley’s now-in-production documentary, The Mariachi Miracle.

The lineup for the show includes Sergio Mendoza y LA Orkesta, Mexican Institute Of Sound (Mexico City), The Jons, Sweet Ghosts, Chicha Dust, Carlos Azrate Y The Kind Souls and a special appearance from Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo Magnet High School.

Daniel Buckley has been producing documentaries on southwestern and Arizona history and culture since 2009. The Mariachi Miracle, slated to debut in spring, 2016, is the sixth film in his Cine Plaza at the Fox documentary series. The film looks into the ways that youth mariachi and folklorico dance programs have changed Tucson socially, economically, politically and with respect to education since youth mariachis began in 1964 with Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos. In the 50 years that followed, these music and dance groups have been the catalyst to a cultural movement that has spread throughout America and back into Mexico.

An early version of Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos – Tucson and America's first youth mariachi.

An early version of Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos – Tucson and America’s first youth mariachi.

“I am so grateful for the support of the Hotel Congress and the musicians performing at this benefit show,” says Mariachi Miracle producer Daniel Buckley. “It really shows the community is behind this project.

“Dan Buckley knows this material inside and out, backwards and forward,” says singer Linda Ronstadt, an advisor on the film project. “He was on the scene when the Changuitos Feos and the first mariachi conferences began in Tucson and has had a chance to witness over a long period of time the positive effect it has had on aspiring youth in our communities. I can’t think of anyone who could tell this important story with more authority and integrity.”

Blind Lemon Pledge and the Lovely Miss Pearl Drops open the Club Congress

Blind Lemon Pledge and the Lovely Miss Pearl Drops open the Club Congress

HoCo Fest celebrates the birth of the Hotel Congress’ Club Congress which has become one of Tucson’s major cultural hubs. Under the name Blind Lemon Pledge, Daniel Buckley was the first to perform publically at the Club Congress on its opening night

For more on the Mariachi Miracle go to http://www.danielbuckleyarts.com

IF YOU GO:

What: HoCo Fest Latin Night benefit for the Mariachi Miracle

When: Sunday, August 31, 7 p.m.

Where: 311 E Congress St Admission: $12 advance $14 at the door.

For more information: www.hotelcongress.com/club

~ by Daniel Buckley on August 18, 2014.

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