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Grammy-winning pioneer in Tejano music
After 50 years in music, Little Joe y La Familia remains one of the most popular Tex-Mex bands in music. Described as “King of the Brown Sound,” Jose Hernandez (Little Joe) helped pioneer Tejano music, a mix of traditional “norteno” music and country, blues and rock styles. The seventh child of 13 from Temple, Little Joe was recruited when he was 13 to play guitar for David Coronado & the Latinaires. Five years later, he made his recording debut, then took over the band, renaming it Little Joe & the Latinaires. Joe went on to create his own independent record labels for both Spanish-speaking and English recordings and win four Grammy Awards and one Latin Grammy Award. He has toured around the world and was the featured artist for Governor Ann Richards’ inaugural ball. He has performed at the Kennedy Center and for Willie Nelson’s Fourth of July picnics. In 2001, Little Joe was honored with a Lifetime Legend Award from the Smithsonian Institute and remains a legend of Tejano music today.
Free admission unless it’s stated that a ticket purchase is required. Open lawn seating on lawn chairs and blankets for all free concerts. For free concerts, picnics, snacks and coolers with beverages are allowed, including beer and wine, but no glass containers, please.
Paid-ticket concerts have different rules. If the concert you’re attending required you to buy a ticket, chairs will be provided for you, concessions will be sold (including beer and wine), and no pets will be allowed on the lawn. Please do not bring chairs, coolers, picnics, beverages or pets to a paid-ticket concert.
For more details about visiting the Levitt Pavilion, please see Your Visit.
The Levitt Pavilion is located in Founders Plaza, 100 W. Abram St., at the corner of Abram and Center streets. For directions and parking, please see Directions & Parking.