Little Joe & La Familia to Headline 16th Annual Radio Aztlan Music Festival on April 14

Tejano icon leads a diverse bill that includes Salvador Santana, Blanca Sandoval and Little Ray Jimenez

Radio Aztlan 2012

Little Joe & La Familia headline the the 16th Annual Radio Aztlan Music Festival on Saturday, April 14, 2012.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( — Little Joe & La Familia  are the headliners for the 16th Annual Radio Aztlan Music Festival on Saturday April 14, 2012 at the University Theater at the University of California Riverside. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. The festival is sponsored by Radio Aztlan and UCR Chicano Student Programs.

Pablo “Tripp” Treviño, who has been a part of Radio Aztlan for most of its 25 year history and who will serve as master of ceremonies at the show, said he is thrilled to have Little Joe & La Familia perform.

“Over the last five years or so, we have brought in some big acts in in Chicano music, but this year we has even gone beyond that by bringing in Little Joe & La Familia,” Treviño said. “He is iconic, he transcends that tejano or Texas-music genre and is a real Renaissance artist for us to have. It is hard to describe how much it means to have him as part of our show this year.”

Advance tickets may be purchased for $25 from the University Theatre Box Office in person from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays or by phone at (951) 827-4403. They are also available through Tickets are $30 at the door. Parking will be available in lot 6 for $5.

The show’s line-up also features a combination of big names and local groups.

“As always, we have a very eclectic line up,” Treviño said. “We have Tex-Mex music, we have Chicano sounds, we have oldies, we have movimiento music, or music from the Chicano movement.”

Little Ray Jimenez, former lead singer of the iconic group Thee Midniters will perform with his band Starfire. Salvador Santana, the 28-year-old son of guitar legend Carlos Santana will play, along with Blanca Sandoval, the “Sweetheart of Latin Rock” and another disciple of the “Santana-style.”

“When you listen to her play her guitar, it is really obvious where she is getting her training from,” Treviño said.

Los Angeles-based The Bomb Squad, featuring Gorilla Joe, and The Groove Time All Stars featuring B.B. Wolf, an amalgamation of some top Riverside bands, round out the bill.

For more than 25 years, Radio Aztlan has been a Friday-night staple on KUCR 88.3 FM. From 5:30 p.m to 7 a.m., the show features news, interviews and traditional and contemporary music.

“Radio Aztlan is a long-running popular tradition at KUCR 88.3fm, with a very loyal and strong community following throughout the Inland Empire – listeners who appreciate the truly authentic culture that the program block presents every week,” said KUCR Director and General Manager Louis Vandenberg. “There’s nothing like it on the air.”

Treviño, who hosts Puro Brown Sounds from 8 – 10 p.m. on Fridays, agreed. He said the show is recognized throughout the Chicano/Latino community and plays an important role.

“It is the preservation of our culture through arts and entertainment,” he said. “With the absorption of radio stations and media markets by big networks, regional music doesn’t exist anymore. We are able to help keep a little of that alive. I think we have done something that hasn’t been done elsewhere in the United States – we’ve held together a program that people can count on weekly.”

Media Contact

Tel: (951) 827-4756

Additional Contacts

Louis Vandenberg, General Manager - KVCR
Tel: (951) 827-3737

Estella Acuna, Director - Chicano Student Programs
Tel: (951) 827-3821

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