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    Give mariachi group a Cinco de try-o

    BY KELLY ARDIS The Bakersfield Californian
    Wednesday, Apr 29 2015 02:56 PM

    For the members of Mariachi San Marcos, music is the family business, and since they spend so much time together, it's a good thing they all like one another.

    "We enjoy each others' company, and the camaraderie makes us even stronger," said violinist Julian Picasso. "We love what we do ... We have a good time when we perform."

    The community can see the fun Mariachi San Marcos has on stage at the Cinco de Mayo party at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace on Tuesday. They will play alongside Mento Buru and Velorio for the fourth time at the event.

    "The first year, it was mind-blowing how much support there was," Picasso said. "It sold out, there was a full house and everyone was elbow to elbow. "

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    Bako singer pens song for Merle: The lyrics

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    Haggard happy about resurgence of his music

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    PETE TITTL: Johnny on the spot at Guy's Bako restaurant

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    MATT MUNOZ: Bakersfield gets sounding board

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    Oak Ridge Boys still in harmony, 40-plus years on

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    Mento Buru taps fans for Musica Unsigned contest

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