Los Bukis Will Kick off the 50th Anniversary of Mexican Fiesta

It’s expected to be the largest performance for a Latin artist ever in Milwaukee.

Los Bukis, led by five-time Latin Grammy Award winner Marco Antonio Solís, will make their only Midwest appearance this year in kicking off the 50th anniversary of Mexican Fiesta.

The concert will be held at American Family Insurance Amphitheater at 8 p.m. on Aug. 24, a day before the official opening of Mexican Fiesta. 

“Mexican Fiesta’s 50th anniversary is a great opportunity to honor our community’s strong tradition of hard work and commitment as well as its unique cultural heritage,” Mexican Fiesta Executive Director Teresa Mercado said.  



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Amid the pandemic, Los Bukis got back together for the first time in 25 years. In 2021, they launched one of the biggest tours of the year, grossing nearly $50 million in just nine U.S. shows, including a weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago where more than 80,000 tickets were sold over two nights.

“We believe this concert will be the largest performance for a Latin artist ever in the city of Milwaukee and we anticipate hosting fans from all over at this momentous event,” FPC Live President Charlie Goldstone said. 

Los Bukis’ appearance stems from a collaboration between Mexican Fiesta, Milwaukee World Festival and FPC Live, Wisconsin’s largest concert promoter.

Founded in 1976 by cousins Marco Antonio Solís and Joel Solís before disbanding in 1996, Los Bukis recorded 16 studio albums that produced numerous chart-topping and multi-platinum to diamond-certified songs that are among the most revered by fans across the Latin Music spectrum. 

In the 1980s, distinguished by innovative costumes and a unique emblem, Los Bukis went from being a youth band that opened concerts to becoming a growing Latin American music phenomenon. The 1987 hit “Your Jail” launched Los Bukis to dimensions never experienced before by a Mexican music group. They were honored with a Diamond Record, delivered for the first time in the history of the Mexican music industry. 

Los Bukis also received three American Grammy nominations and performed at historic venues such as the National Auditorium of Mexico, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Their hits off their 16 studio albums include “Love Me,” “I Need You,” “Now You’re Leaving,” “Morenita,” and “I Need a Partner.”

In May 1996, Los Bukis gave performed its last concert before more than 100,000 fans in Guadalajara, Mexico, before launching a reunion tour last year. 

“Milwaukee is well-known as the ‘City of Festivals’ and we are excited to join efforts in bringing the community together through culture and music as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mexican Fiesta,” Milwaukee World Festival Inc. Chief Executive Officer Don Smiley said. 

Tickets for the Los Bukis concert go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. on ticketmaster.com. All purchased concert tickets for this event will grant free admission to the opening day of Mexican Fiesta on Aug. 25.



Rich Rovito is a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine.