TUCSON, AZ — Original and current members of Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson broke out into a pop-up performance featuring four traditional mariachi songs at the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival on Saturday, October 9.
The surprise performance featured multiple generations of Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson coming together for a once-in-a-lifetime performance in support of the “Ugly Little Monkeys” feature documentary which tells the story of the original Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson and the legacy they’ve built. The production is in its final stages of filming and the pop-up performance will be highlighted in the completed project.
Tejano Nation contributor Elisa Jaimez (DJ Peaches) caught up with members of the group including Adalberto Gallegos, an original member who went on to become the lead vocalist for legendary band Latin Breed, former member Louie Ranjel and current members about the experiences with Los Changuitos Feos.
The Ugly Little Monkeys feature documentary tells the story of Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson, the first youth mariachi group in the U.S. founded in 1964 by Irish Catholic priest, Father Charles Rourke. The name, Los Changuitos Feos de Tucson, chosen by Father Rourke, although controversial, still remains after 50 plus years and achieved national recognition following performances at presidential inaugurations for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
The group eventually rose to international fame. Despite all their success, there was a deep, dark, ugly secret that would destroy anyone. However, it was their faith and faith in each other that helped these young men overcome the pain they suffered at the hands of their spiritual and musical leader and it was their will to rise above it that led them to become successful men, musicians and community leaders.
To learn more about the Ugly Little Monkeys project and to view the teaser, visit: www.uglylittlemonkeys.com.
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