Tonight, The Hometown Boys invade the Austin Moose Lodge. One of Tejano music’s most beloved bands comes back to the Live Music Capital of the World armed with a catalog full of polkas, classic hits, and new releases for the crowd at the east Austin family dancehall.
Originally from Lubbock, the family band rose to fame in the 1990s, enjoying success unheard of for most conjuntos. They built their trademark sound on beautifully blended vocal harmonies, which were supported by a strong, steady, unrelenting conjunto beat and accentuated by the sharp, edgy, but smooth accordion of Joe Martinez. Hits like “Los Barandales Del Puente,” “Aquel Amor,” and “El Pintor” (penned by Austin’s own Johnny Degollado), continue to dominate playlists at Tejano music stations and in clubs everywhere.
Sadly, the band has suffered unimaginable tragedies. With the untimely deaths of brothers Roman Martinez Jr. at age 45 in 1997, Joe at age 34 in 1998, Jesse (also at age 34) in 2002, and Ricky at age 48 in 2007, they not only lost band members, they lost family. Despite these losses, patriarch and bajo sexto player Roman Martinez Sr. continues to perform all their hits alongside son Bobby and daughter Rosie Perea to packed houses and die-hard fans all around the country. Accordionist Anthony Treviño does the signature Joe Martinez style justice, and the group has had success with several lead singers, including veteran vocalist Marky Lee, who recently rejoined the band.
Long story short: They still jam and play all the favorites. As with any conjunto-based band, the Moose is the perfect environment.
The Moose Lodge is located at 2103 E.M. Franklin Avenue, north of MLK and east of Airport Boulevard in East Austin. The cover charge is $12 before 8 p.m, and $15 cover after 8 p.m. All ages are welcome. Visit the event page on Facebook here.