Though Los Bukis disbanded more than quarter century ago, their music continues to provide a vibrant soundtrack for generations of Latino families who still play the band’s songs at weddings, backyard parties, on road trips and at just about any other type of family gathering.
In 2021, the regional Mexican band announced that it would reunite for the first time in 25 years and head out on a three-stop tour, including an evening at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. Fans bought up tickets quickly and Los Bukis sold out their local stadium show in August 2021 and a second concert was added. That one sold out, too.
With excitement still surrounding the reunion, Los Bukis announced additional dates for their Una Historia Cantada tour and are now headed to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The concert on Aug. 18 is sold out; however, there are verified resale tickets available starting at $24.50 at Ticketmaster.com. The band is also performing on Aug. 20 and tickets are $29.50-$194.50.
With the musicians feeling nostalgic out on this run and performing highlights from throughout their career, here are four key pieces of Los Bukis history to know before the group takes over the Coliseum.
A family affair
The band was formed in 1975 by cousins Marco Antonio Solís (lead vocals and guitar) and Joel Solís (lead guitar and backing vocals). Los Bukis have remained a family band as Marco Solís’ younger brother, José, joined on percussion and backing vocals in 1982 and brothers Roberto and José Guadarrama, who play keys and trumpet and keys and saxophone, respectively, also joined the band in the early ’80s. The group is rounded out by longtime members drummer Pedro Sánchez and bassist Eusebio Cortez.
Los Bukis almost immediately made a name for themselves as their debut ballad, “Falso Amor,” quickly spread across Latin America. The hit helped popularize the band’s unique style of romantic-pop with a mix of of mariachi and other regional sounds. Some of the band’s other biggest songs, which continue to resonate with new generations of fans, include the 1986 heartbreak ballad “Tu Cárcel.” It has been a staple in the tour setlist, as well 1989’s Hot Latin Songs chart-topper “Como Fui a Enamorarme de Ti,” which includes heartbreaking lyrics about falling in love with the wrong person. When the band hits the Coliseum, it’s likely to take fans on an emotional journey. Los Bukis played a whopping 29-song set at the reunion shows at SoFi Stadium. Throughout the current tour, the band has leaned on hits like “Viva el Amor,” that includes elements of cumbia and pop music with lyrics that celebrate love, and the 1978 corrido-style song “Los Alambrados,” which talks about the plight of immigrants crossing the boarder.
Breakups and makeups
In 1996, Marco Solís decided to embark on a solo career and Los Bukis officially disbanded. The remaining members went on to form Los Mismos and continued to tour and released 11 studio albums. Solís found success on his own, releasing 10 albums, garnering six Grammy award nominations, winning five Latin Grammy awards and getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Earlier this year, Solís was also named the 2022 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year. It was Solís who got the band back together in 2021, and announced the reunion of Los Bukis during a livestreaming event that brought the group together to perform an updated version of its hit “Tu Cárcel” for the first time in 25 years.
Making history in LA
The 2021 run of the Una Historia Cantada tour was the biggest Latin tour of that year and, according to Live Nation, the second biggest tour worldwide, selling out nine stadiums and bringing in nearly half a million fans. Following the two sold out shows in Inglewood, Los Bukis announced its 2022 dates during a press conference held May 3 at the Coliseum. It was a historic moment since the venue last served as the band’s final show in the United States back in 1995. Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price was on hand that day to declare May 3, 2022 Los Bukis Day in Los Angeles and comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias presented the band with special plaques commemorating its record-setting 2021 tour.