Marcos Eduardo Mora Barrientos comes from a rich musical anthology of Mexican and indigenous ancestry that dates back to the late 1800s that started in México...
Marcos' grandfather, Vidal Barrientos, played guitar and mandolin in the South Omaha community who married Eduarda Rodriguez, she had been born in a boxcar
The Barrientos brothers, Juan, Vidal and Panfilo, arrived to the United States in 1926 to become the first musical family in Omaha, NE. They performed at social gatherings, weddings and community events.
Juan, Vidal & Panfilo Barrientos
After the Barrientos brothers had children many of them became involved in the arts starting in the 1950s through the 1980s. Larry Barrientos' activism went on to form the Chicano Awareness Center (now know as the Latino Center of the Midlands) in 1974. Marcos Eduardo's aunts and uncles danced traditional baile folklorico, and sang and played in various Mexican groups.
The Chicano Awareness Center was the focal point for cultural activities and it's where Marcos' family thrived in the arts of dance, theater, and music.
Marcos, at the age of 8 years old, performed with cousin Tracy Barrientos at South Omaha festival.
Every Sunday, the Barrientos family would gather at grandmother's house for food and fun. Love, activism and arts were a part of everyday life...it was a norm for aunts, uncles and cousins to all be performing.
Marcos continues cultural traditions at the age of 14...
Marcos had been exposed to the arts all his life with a love for Spanish music but then eventually a love for rock music from the 1960s, 70s, and 80s...he picked up the guitar and formed a garage band with cousin Benny...
The 1980s rocked the hair bands, so these South Omaha boys played halls and house parties as well as the Joker, the 20s, SeptemberFest and many other venues in Omaha, NE
After rockin' it out for a decade, Marcos found himself studying his grandfather's beloved art form of traditional mariachi music. Marcos went on play guitar and guitarron to get himself through college and then formed the group Mariachi Luna y Sol.
In the late 1990s, Marcos and a number of UNOmaha students started a band to share their love of American and Latin American music. They played at college and local venues
Marcos Eduardo's family has been performing in Omaha since the 1920s and so the tradition reigns on with performances for all occasions. Marcos is fortunate to have played and be connected to some of Omaha's finest artists that have performed all across the Midwest. He continues to collaborate and perform across the region.