BEST LIVE MUSIC IN OMAHA

BIOGRAPHY

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FAMILY HISTORY

BARRIENTOS BROTHERS

FAMILY HISTORY

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...

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GRANDFATHER

BARRIENTOS BROTHERS

FAMILY HISTORY

Marcos'  grandfather, Vidal Barrientos, played guitar and mandolin in the South Omaha community who married Eduarda Rodriguez, she had been born in a boxcar

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BARRIENTOS BROTHERS

BARRIENTOS BROTHERS

BARRIENTOS BROTHERS

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.

BARRIENTOS BROTHERS MUSICAL HISTORY

Juan, Vidal & Panfilo Barrientos

About Us

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Family of Arts & Activism

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.

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1970s Chicano Awareness Center Folkorico Group

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.

3rd generation

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1973 Cinco de Mayo

Marcos, at the age of 8 years old, performed with cousin Tracy Barrientos at South Omaha festival.

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Aunts, Uncles and Cousins

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.

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1979 Omaha Ethnic Festival

Marcos continues cultural traditions at the age of 14...

marcos HAIRBAND DAYS

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Rockin' it out

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...

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CONSPIRACY

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

COLLEGE DAYS

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Mariachi

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.

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SABOR

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

TODAY

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Carrying on the tradition...

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.