Saturday, Nov. 30, Tejano legends Roberto Pulido y Los Clásicos return to Austin at the Texas Club Bar and Grill. The band led by the beloved Tejano music icon from Edinburg is sure to draw adoring fans from all over Central Texas to the southeast Austin club.
With a career spanning 40 years, “El Primo” is one of Tejano’s undisputed heavyweights, who began his music career playing the saxophone, which won him a scholarship to UT Pan American in Edinburg, where he studied to be a teacher. After choosing music over teaching, Pulido developed a sound firmly rooted in conjunto with the addition of a saxophone, helping to define the accordion-heavy post-orquesta progressive Tejano genre practiced by the likes of David Lee Garza y Los Musicales and La Tropa F. Hits like “Flecha Envenenada,” “Señorita Cantinera,” “Copa Tras Copa,” “La Tumba Sera El Final,” “Te Vi Partir,” as well as his collaborations with fellow legends Ruben Ramos and Little Joe as Los Tres Amigos, continue to be staples on playlists everywhere.
Along with his music, his personality has helped drive his popularity since the very beginning. Known for his humor, kindness, and down-to-earth persona, Pulido always makes time for his fans and always greets them with a smile. Even though he has played the same songs for decades, he always puts on a great show and seems to connect with each and every person in the audience. An avid outdoorsman and sports fan, he is genuinely every bit the down-home, regular guy he seems to be, despite being one of the most successful Tejano stars in history of the genre.
Long story short: It’s been a long time since El Primo has had a solo show here in the ATX. He’s played a couple of jamaicas here and there and had a guest spot with Los Texas Wranglers at this year’s Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival, but this show will be all Pulido. This is a must-see for hardcore Tejano music fans, with plenty of rancheras, smooth cumbias, and, of course, plenty of entertainment from the man himself.
The Texas Club Bar and Grill is located on Burleson Road just south of Ben White Boulevard in southeast Austin. The cover charge is $10 before 9 p.m., and $12 after 9 p.m. 21+ are welcome. For more information call (512) 541-7621.