[5/12] Preview: Little Joe y La Familia at Baby Acapulco

Tonight Baby Acapulco welcomes back the legendary Little Joe y La Familia. Performing at Baby A’s on Mother’s Day has become something of a tradition for the Temple Tejano icon, and is sure to put on a great show for longtime fans and music lovers alike.

The “King of the Brown Sound” is a fitting nickname for Little Joe Hernandez. The music he has played over his storied career has blended together everything from mariachi, orquesta, conjunto, country, doo-wop, Sinatra-style standards, jazz, rock, salsa, and whatever else sounds and feels right, creating a sound that has resonated with Chicanos for over 50 years. Members of his bands (the Latinaires and La Familia) have been the best of the best and some, like Tony “Ham” Guerrero of Tortilla Factory, have gone on to create legacies and sounds of their very own.

Coming from humble beginnings in the cotton fields of Temple, Texas, Little Joe has seen and done it all. Famous for collaborations and duets, the Grammy winner has worked with everyone from Conjunto pioneer Valerio Longoria to longtime Tejano friends Ruben Ramos and Roberto Pulido to Country legend Willie Nelson to parody master extraordinaire Weird Al Yankovic.

Long story short: A master at work, playing some of the best Tejano music ever made. A must-see for music lovers and a great gift for Mom!

Baby Acapulco is located at 5610 N Interstate 35, just south of 290, on the southbound service road. The music starts at 6:30 p.m., there is no cover charge, and all ages are welcome. For more information, contact Baby Acapulco Restaurant at 512-302-1366.

Piper LeMoine

Piper LeMoine manages all things technical, promotional, and creative at Austin's own Rancho Alegre Radio, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Tejano and Conjunto music. She also co-hosts Rancho Alegre, playing Tejano and Conjunto music every Monday from 9-10 a.m. on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin and online at koop.org.

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