Former Changos attribute success to mariachi experience
Early members of Los Changuitos Feos Jerry Gay, Bob Gastellum and Frank Felix talk about how the experience of being in America's first youth mariachi – Tucson's Los Changuitos Feos... Read more
Jam session video and update
Don't know how many of you have had the opportunity to attend any of the jam sessions that take place at mariachi festivals and conferences around the country, but they... Read more
Elementary school mariachis with Los Lobos
On April 25, 2014, the always gracious Los Lobos invited Bulldog Mariachi and Folklorico from Tucson's White Elementary School to join them onstage at the Rialto Theatre. It was an... Read more
Upating you all – heading into the mariachi blizzard!
It's been a while and so much progress is being made on what is now called The Mariachi Miracle.
So far over 60 interviews have been conducted for the film,... Read more
Video shown at San Jose VivaFest!
A couple of weeks ago I traveled to San Jose, California's VivaFest! to present a couple of teasers from The Mariachi Miracle (as the film is now called).
In the... Read more
Clips from Changuitos Feos 40th anniversary
Back in 2004, Mariachi Los Changuitos Feos celebrated its 40th anniversary.
I created some video content for the Tucson Citizen at the time to tell the story of America's longest... Read more
So many mariachi miracles
With every interview I do for this film I find myself marveling at how the improbable so frequently becomes reality when the will to create mariachi and folklorico programs is... Read more
Buckley to preview, talk about film in progress at VivaFest! in San Jose
Big news! Daniel Buckley, producer/director of "the Mariachi Miracle" (Formerly Mariachis Transform Tucson), will be in San Jose on September 18 at VivaFest, screening samples of the in-progress film and... Read more
Arizona Illustrated spotlights Mariachis Transform Tucson
On August 22, 2013, PBS Tucson affiliate KUAT's Arizona Illustrated did an interview with Mariachis Transform Tucson producer/director Daniel Buckley.
Below is a link to the show. The segment on... Read more
Progress on the NEH grant makes for a better film
Raising money for this film is both a necessary evil and a learning experience in itself.
For the past several weeks I have been spending a great deal of my... Read more
update - what's going on
I can't believe it's been over a month since my last update, but things have been busy.
Thanks to all of you I'm making large strides on the film in... Read more
Powerpoint from Buckley mariachi lecture
For those of you who may have been curious about the talk I gave today at the Joel Valdez Main Pima County Public Library, here's a link to be able... Read more
A folklorico Wizard of Oz
I've seen a lot of brilliant things done with folklorico dance, but Tucson choreographer Julie Gallego's family folklorico show based on the Wizard of Oz was truly a great one.... Read more
Another noteworthy mariachi Kickstarter
Thanks so much for all who have supported my Kickstarter project to make the documentary Mariachis Transform Tucson.
I just wanted to point out another project that I think is... Read more
Ballet Folklorico, Hip Hop and more for free this Sunday
Julie Gallego's Viva dancers will be performing this Sunday. Here's some details and some short clips from one of her Viva shows in 2007:
This Sunday, June 23rd...Viva Performing Art... Read more
And there's more
Another wonderful development. Along with making the Kickstarter goal, Pima County, supervisor Richard Elias and county administrator Chuck Huckelberry have provided another $4,000 for the hiring of a couple of... Read more
Looks like we made it.
Looks like we made it, with a little bit to spare. I want to thank everyone on Facebook, Twitter and LinkenIn for all the help and support with this –... Read more
It's the final day of the Kickstarter campaign and I find myself overwhelmed by the support that people have shown.
These are tough times. No doubt about it. But people... Read more
Cool stuff ahead
We're down to roughly 48 hours before the end of the Kickstarter campaign and while there's a ways to go, I remain hopeful and optimistic that we'll make it.
I... Read more
Media steps up to support mariachi film Kickstarter in final days
The Tucson Weekly put in another last ditch plug for the Mariachis Tranform Tucson Kickstarter project. Many thanks to David Mendez for that:
Also, Daniel Buckley will be on... Read more
The story line grows a little bit richer
Something I have learned from making six documentaries is that opening them up to the community always means folks will let you know about stories you may have missed.
Sometimes... Read more
Tuson Sentinel publishes story on mariachi film, Kickstarter campaign
Molly Baker, writer for the online news journal The Tucson Sentinel, has written a beautiful piece on this upcoming mariachi film and the Kickstarter campaign underway to get things rolling... Read more
Buckley on Bill Buckmaster radio show
Many thanks to Bill Buckmaster for having me on his radio show on KVOI (AM 1030) in Tucson today to talk about the film and this Kickstarter campaign to support... Read more
John Huerta tells Ronstadt story
As Day 8 in the countdown dawns on the deadline for this Kickstarter project, I spent yesterday afternoon with local legend John Huerta, who talked Linda Ronstadt into making her... Read more
9 Days left
9 Days Left in the project campaign and still a lot of ground to pick up, but I remain optimistic that we will make it to the goal by June... Read more
Passing of key mariachi dad adds urgency to project
The recent passing of Leo Carrillo – father of Mariachi Cobre members Randy and Steve Carrillo – highlights why this film and the Kickstarter campaign to support it are so... Read more
Singer Linda Ronstadt endorses Buckley's mariachi film
"Dan Buckley knows this material inside and out, backwards and forward. He was on the scene when the Changuitos Feos and the first mariachi conferences began in Tucson and has... Read more
A few photos from the history books
Here are some early photos of Los Changuitos Feos – Tucson's first youth mariachi.
A few more will be added strictly for project backers.
Getting ready for graduation
Pueblo High School's Mariachi Aztlan gets ready to play Pomp and Circumstance at graduation Thursday night.
Backers get to watch a clip from the rehearsal.
Daniel Buckley has been interviewing... Read more
Some more clips from Ballet Folklorico Los Diablitos Azules
Here's a few more clips for backers of the project only.
I will be adding similar backers-only clips of mariachis from recent events over the next week.
Thank you all... Read more
A taste of high school folklórico dance
A taste of Ballet Folklórico Los Diablitos Azules de Sunnyside High performing Friday night.
Folklorico programs and their impact are as much a part of this film as mariachi programs.... Read more
4th anniversary of the Tucson Citizen's closing
Today is the fourth anniversary of my last day of work at the Tucson Citizen newspaper.
Tomorrow from 5 p.m. on former Citizen staffers will gather at the Shanty to... Read more
Calexico's Joey Burns endorses "Mariachis Transform Tucson!"
Some days things happen that just blow you away. Today was one of those. I've been jumping from appointment to appointment all day when I took a moment to look... Read more
More mega-filming in progress
This is the hurricane season of Tucson's mariachi world, with more events and performances than you can shake a stick at, and I've been hustling around trying to catch as... Read more
More mariachi photos
Here's some more photos from the recent Tucson International Mariachi Conference:
Mariachi Conference Participant Showcase, Pt. 2
Here's more highlights, this time from the second half of the Participant Showcase of the 2013 Tucson International Mariachi Conference.
Once again, the clips were too long to go on... Read more
Participant Showcase video Part 1
Here's a few highlights from the first half of the 2013 Tucson International Mariachi Conference's Participant Showcase concert.
The file was a little too big to fit on KickStarter, so... Read more
Mariachi conference reflections part 2 - the participant showcase
In my thirty plus years of covering mariachis, the event at the Tucson International Mariachi Conference that I most look forward to is the participant showcase.
This is where the... Read more
Looking at the mariachi conference workshops
I took some time today to reflect on this year's mariachi conference workshops where some 700 mariachi and folklorico dance students got the chance to learn new repertoire and some... Read more
Afterglow of the mariachi conference
My induction into the hall of fame was the smallest corner of the 2013 Tucson International Mariachi Conference.
Over 700 mariachi and folklorico students from around the U.S. got to... Read more
Mariachi Hall of Fame recipients
The Tucson International Mariachi Conference' Hall of Fame, into which filmmaker Daniel Buckley was inducted on April 26, 2013, is a who's who of the mariachi world.
The list includes... Read more
Buckley inducted into the Mariachi Conference Hall of Fame
On Friday, April 26, 2013 Tucson International Mariachi Conference board president Alfonso Dancil inducted documentary maker Daniel Buckley into the Mariachi Conference Hall of Fame.
The award was given for... Read more
Danny Martin's button designs
Wanted folks to see the reward buttons Tucson artist Danny Martin has designed for this Kickstarter project.
Check 'em out!
Mariachi Conference under way
Students flocked back by the hundreds today to the Tucson International Mariachi Conference as workshops began with some of the best local and national talent in the mariachi and folklórico... Read more
Kickstarter project begins as Mariachi Conference starts
As this Kickstarter project to help my film on the mariachi's impact on Tucson begins, so does the 32nd Tucson International Mariachi Conference.
Wednesday students will arrive for workshops with... Read more