“Watching this magnificent mariachi band play with a power and passion that I’d never seen before. It was Amazing.”
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Two-time Grammy Award winner, Mariachi Los Camperos originated in 1961 by Natividad “Nati” Cano. Mr. Cano played a fundamental role in the development of mariachi music in the United States by training and mentoring new generations of mariachi musicians. The Mariachi “Giant” was a visionary leader that wanted to take the mariachi performance out of customary locations such as Cantinas and into concert halls where celebrities performed.
Nati Cano fulfilled his dream by presenting Los Camperos and performing at various casinos and other places where mariachis had never previously performed. Performances took place in New York’s Carnegie Hall, Washington DC’s Lincoln Theater and many theaters alike.
In 1969, Mr. Cano opened the first ever Mariachi Dine and Show at “La Fonda Casa de Los Camperos” now known as a Landmark in Los Angeles, California. Today, mariachi restaurants all over the world are modeled after La Fonda.
Nati Cano passed away in 2014 and left Mariachi Los Camperos in good hands, having passed the leadership baton to Jesus “Chuy” Guzman whom has served as the musical director since 1992. “Chuy” Guzman was Cano’s right-hand man for nearly three decades. Under Guzman’s direction, Los Camperos released a 2015 Grammy-nominated musical tribute to Nati Cano called: Tradición, Arte, y Pasión, this album gave Mariachi Los Camperos their 4th Grammy nominations.
In January of 2018, Mariachi Los Camperos became the featured Mariachi to start in the First Mariachi Opera “Cruzar la Cara de la Luna”, having their first presentation in the Big Apple, New York City.
Mariachi Los Camperos continue to salvage the richness of our music and culture in effort to display and pass the mariachi traditions, as Los Camperos continue to open doors to influence the new generation of mariachi musicians throughout the world.
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