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Little Joe Wows MOT Crowd–Again!

Little Joe y La Familia headlined Friday night’s line-up at the 36th Annual Festival Chicano. Energized by another SRO-out crowd–including thousands seated on the hill–La Familia returned the favor with an energized show packed with hits and a couple of surprises.

Ljoe1Heading toward 75, Little Joe has not lost the voice and stage presence that made him an international superstar who has recorded and toured with greats, such as Willie Nelson and Tierra. Kicking off the gig with a medley of his early hits, such as  Cuidadito and La Bola Negra, the hits continued. Even Little Joe felt the energy of the crowd when the they joined him on Prieta Linda.

One surprise was LJ giving the main mic to bassist Mike Torres, III who belted out the salsa-tinged cumbia, El Alacran. Later, Little Joe would belt out Cartas Marcadas, Chicano national anthem Las Nubes, Borrachera, Cuando Salgo a Los Campos, and the tried and true Pa’ Todo El Año.

In between, Little Joe would bring out Neal Sharpe who would offer some R&B, as well as Houston Jazz pianist/keyboardist and La Familia alumnus Gilbert Sedeño for an instrumental version of Mañana de Carnaval–flawlessly and without having rehearsed prior to the concert.

LjoeDanielA poignant moment came when Little Joe brought out Festival organizer/founder Daniel Bustamante to recognize his most recent achievement:  Recognition by Mayor Annise Parker as an Hispanic Heritage honoree for Arts in the Community. Daniel will receive his award on Monday, October 5. A well-deserved recognition after 36 years of organizing an even which attracts thousands of Chicanos/Mexican Americans for a weekend of beautiful music and culture.

Earlier in the evening, we enjoyed the sounds of Cañonazo and Acordeon powerhouse AJ Castillo. So, it was a great night of dancing in your seats (since the union ushers didn’t allow any dancing in the aisles.) The best way to celebrate this event is with friends and family and I was lucky enough to enjoy it with both. Until the next Festival Chicano, ¡Que viva La Musica Tejana!

Kudos to Council Member Robert Gallegos for attending the event. It was a great opportunity for some hand-shaking, especially during the hour-and-a-half prior to the event while folks were picnicking. Too bad other candidates didn’t take this opportunity to do the same; although, I did hear of a few at the other festival down the street. Anyway…


Me and 10,000 of my closest friends.

Oct 1-2-3: Festival Chicano Houston!

It’s that time of the year, again! That time of year when thousands of Chican@s get together to enjoy three nights of Musica Chicana (Tejano, to others) to celebrate 523+ years of Chicanismo, and 36 years of Cultura here in Houston. Here’s the line-up.

Thanks to organizer Daniel Bustamante. And congrats to Daniel for being chosen for one of Mayor Parker’s Hispanic awards this year!


Event: 34th Annual Festival Chicano Line-Up Announced [HOUSTON]

We all know that every month is Hispanic Heritage Month, and Houston is the place to be October 3 – 5, for the 34th Annual Festival Chicano. The line-ups have been announced for the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances at Miller Outdoor Theater.

Concert organizer Daniel Bustamante has done it again. Here’s the line-up:


David Lee Garza y Los Musicales

Sunny Ozuna & The Sunliner Band

Shelly Lares


Little Joe y La Familia

Elida y Avante

Zenteno Spirit


Jay Perez

David Marez

Tortilla Factory featuring Charro Negro

Every night is a huge night, whether you want to listen to the new vocalist fronting Los Musicales (Juaquin Cura), Little Joe’s tried and true “Las Nubes,” or the return of the African-American Onda Chicana vocalist Bobby Butler “El Charro Negro” with the Tortilla Factory. The rest of the bands are pretty damn good, too.

So, start making plans for this truly Mexican American music and cultural festival. There is no other event like it in Houston.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm. If tickets remain at 1pm, the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, open seating on the hill.