[9/19] Preview: Little Joe y La Familia with Frank Gomez at Baby Acapulco

Baby A'sOn Friday September 19, Baby Acapulco welcomes back the legendary Little Joe y La Familia. The Temple Tejano icon is sure to put on a great show for longtime fans and music lovers alike, along with Austin favorite Frank Gomez.

The “King of the Brown Sound” is a fitting nickname for Little Joe Hernandez. Coming from humble beginnings in the cotton fields of Temple, Texas, Little Joe has seen and done it all. 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.

The music of veteran guitar slinger Frank Gomez kind of defies categorization. Like Carlos Santana, his style is a melange of blues, R&B, jazz, with a few Tejano bits here and there, steeped in funky soul. His albums, Under the Influence and Soul Resurrection are fine showcases of his versatility and musical passion.

Long story short: A master at work, playing some of the best Tejano music ever made, alongside a soulful guitar master. A must-see for music lovers.

Baby Acapulco is located at 5610 N Interstate 35, just south of 290, on the southbound service road. The music starts at 7 p.m., there is no cover charge, and all ages are welcome. For more information, contact Baby Acapulco Restaurant at 512-302-1366.

Little Joe y La Familia

Frank Gomez

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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