Little Joe Hernandez named 2019 TX State Musician - To Do Música —
August 12, 2020

Little Joe Hernandez named 2019 TX State Musician – To Do Música

By Liz Lopez

Litlle Joe Hernandez, 2019 Texas State Musician


The Texas State Musicians are selected for one-year appointments by the Texas Poet Laureate, State Musician and State Artist Committee. Last month, multiple Grammy winner Little Joe Hernandez from was named the 2019 Texas State Musician and the title was official by the Legislature and the Texas Commission on the Arts on March 25. He will be headlining the first night of this year’s Fiesta de la Flor (Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13) in Corpus Christi.

“Nicky Jam has gone Norteño! Sort of…” and that is how Son de Rey describes the celebration of the re-release of their single, “El Amante,” a cover of the Nicky Jam hit single with a Tejano Twist. The song was arranged by David Moreno in collaboration with Grammy Winner Fabian Hernandez, Armando Aussenac, and Raphael Flores.

The video features Son de Rey’s lead vocalist Luis Miguel Ramírez, accompanied by Deborah Moreno, at Richard Moya Park in Austin. The video was filmed by Austin Kilcullen  and produced by Ramirez. More information on the artist’s Facebook page.

Superfonicos are on the list of the Black Fret nominees 2019. “We’re so thrilled and honored to make the nominee list for Black Fret this year!,” they stated. “A big thanks to all the voting members and everyone who continues to support Superfónicos. Pa’lante mi gente!” Among other shows coming up, they will be performing at the Taco Libre festival on April 27 at the Dallas Farmers Market, on the same bill with Austin’s Bidi Bidi Banda, among others scheduled.

The first annual Margarita and Taco Festival will feature live music, with scheduled bands including Vallejo as the headliner at 6:45 p.m., as well as Conjunto Dominate and Grupo Vidal earlier in the afternoon. Saturday, April 6, from 12 noon to 8 p.m. at the Round Rock Premium Outlets, 4401 North Interstate Highway 35. Tickets start at $10. The festival brings the combination of food, music, shopping and fun for 21-and-up patrons. Full festival details and music line up at

The 15th annual Fiesta del Mariachi will be featuring Ballet Folklorico Tonantzin (6:30 p.m.); Mariachi Los Gavilanes (7 p.m.); Mariachi Cielo Azul (8 p.m.) and Austin’s Mariachi Relampago (9 p.m.) on Saturday, April 27 in Lockhart (Dr. Eugene Clark Library, 217 South Main Street). Tickets are $5 per person. Children 10 and under are free.  For more information, call the library at 512-398 – 3223.

Tejano Idol’s filmed auditions, hosted by the Austin Tejano Music Coalition, began in March and the schedule for more monthly auditions will be available soon. This is the ninth year they continue to search for new and amazing vocal talent. The competition is similar to other singing contests, and Tejano Idol has cash prizes for first, second and third place finalists in the fall, aside from recording opportunities with Freddy Records and Hacienda Records. For more details about plans for San Antonio and other cities being considered, send an email to to reach Aggie Saldana-Sanchez and visit

Mia Garcia (photo by Chris Garcia)

Check out Mia Garcia’s newest release now on Spotify in celebration of earning a Tejano Music Award at 11 years young. “Si Yo Puedo, Tu Puedes!” Listen on

The event “DIANA + Entre Amigos” will open with the screening of the documentary “DIANA,” directed by Elias A. Hinojosa, in honor of the Colombian singer-songwriter Diana Naranjo and her musical history in East Austin. For three months the filmmaker accompanied Diana through many different venues and concerts, capturing numerous musical and personal moments in nine minutes of art.

After the screening, enjoy a Bohemian night “Entre Amigos” with voice, guitar and the original themes of Diana Naranjo, as well as other songs that have inspired and nurtured her as an artist. She will be accompanied by Carlos Ufret. Doors at 7:30 p.m. Take your own beverages. Tickets $15 in advance/ $20 at the door. Esquina Tango Austin, 209 Pedernales Street. Visit the artist and the venue’s Facebook pages for more.

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Oscar Ornelas will release a new album, “Some Gospel,” in June. You can hear his new song “Happy to be Free” on Soundcloud and read more about him at

The Spanish Governors Palace and The Battle of Medina Historical Society (Dan Arellano) invite you to attend the 11th Annual “Founding of the First Texas Republic,” now to be known as “Tejano Independence Day.” Commissioner Dan Arellano states the mission is to preserve, protect and promote Tejano history, and this is to be a historical and educational event, including food, a lecture and Tejano Music featuring Leonard Davila and Street People, Jorge Tamayo and Friends, Johnny Gonzales and Ruben Ramos and The Mexican Revolution. Saturday, April 6 from 4 -8 p.m. at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street.

Castaneda presents “T.R.U.T.H.,” an urban/R&B/blues/soul release from Gold Man Records. Raul Hernandez – Bass/Vocals, Bryce Kelley – Drums, Chris Castaneda – Guitar/Vocals. This new music presents lyrics that move your inner soul with happiness, real life struggles and simply the truth. Read more on


Jonas Alvarez Band will perform Saturday, April 6 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Café Mueller by H-E-B, 1801 E 51st Street.

Rosie Flores concert on Friday, May 3 at 290 Vinery, located at 300 W Main St (HWY 290) in Johnson City. Cook your protein of choice on the giant grill beginning at 5 p.m., then enjoy some fine music by Rosie from 7 to 9 p.m. Price includes all the sides for your dinner and ticket information can be found at

Huerta Culture plays the last Sunday of the month at Craft Pride and will be mixing cumbia, ska, reggae, hip-hop, blues, rock, and Balkan influences to create a sound that has been dubbed ‘psichocumbia’… with songs in English, Spanish, and Quechua (an indigenous language of Bolivia). 61 Rainey Street.

Yayo Castillo invites you to make plans to party with Grupo Rumores on Saturday, April 6 at The Texas Club, 4914 Burleson Road. They are also working on a brand new single and plan to make it available on iTunes and Spotify soon. For updates, visit Yayo’s Facebook page.

Check out T. Tex Edwards’ first Thursday early show April 4, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Carousel Lounge, 1110 E 52nd Street.

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