Totally Tejano Fridays continue March 20 at Tejano Ranch with Los Palominos. Far from the South by Southwest madness of downtown, the popular Uvalde-based family band known for their vocal harmonies and fusion of various south Texas styles, will be back at the north Austin Tejano club much to the delight of their die hard fans.
Since forming in the mid-1980s, the Arreola brothers have enjoyed great success with the unique sound and strong songwriting. Led by Johnny and James, they scored their first big hit with the cumbia “Corazon de Cristal” at the height of Tejano’s popularity in the 1990s. Los Palominos finished out the decade riding high with Grammy and Latin Grammy Awards for Best Tejano Album for 1999’s Por Eso Te Amo.
Tragedy struck the tightly-knit band in 2001 when a tour bus accident killed their drummer, brother Jesse. The group was able to overcome this tragic loss with brother Julio taking over on drums and have continued to record and perform all over the country. They won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Tejano Album for 2006’s Evoluciones. Their latest album released in December, Strait Tejano, is an album full of exquisite Tejano arrangements of George Strait classics.
Long story short: Be prepared for a sound that reflects a little of Ramon Ayala-inspired Norteño, accordion-driven and keyboard-embellished Tejano, and even some hardcore South Texas Conjunto, complete with some of the genre’s most perfect harmonies. And there will be more than a few Palomino-ized George Strait gems.
Tejano Ranch is located at 7601 North Lamar, just south of Highway 183 in north Austin. The doors open at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $10 before 9 p.m, and $12 cover after 9 p.m. 18+ are welcome. Visit the Facebook event page here.