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Little Joe to celebrate 80th birthday with virtual Onda Live! finale on Oct. 29

The virtual birthday celebration will culminate with over 90 musicians and singers joining other with a world video premiere of an all-star performance of the classic hit 'Las Nubes'!

LOS ANGELES, CA – Acclaimed content producer INGEÑUITY announces Little Joe’s 80th Birthday Bash on Thursday, October 29, as the finale virtual OndaLive! Chicano Music + Culture Fest sponsored by AARP.


Respectfully, known as the “King of the Brown Sound,” Little Joe has been a trailblazer in Tex-Mex or Chicano music with a career that spans more than 60 years.  His virtual birthday celebration is hosted by comedy icon Paul Rodriguez and features an exclusive Little Joe live performance from a forthcoming DVD.  Also included are testimonials from artist peers, former band members, and national and local leaders, including Dolores Huerta, President of the Dolores Huerta Foundation; Paul Chavez, Chairman & President of the Cesar Chavez Foundation; and San Antonio, Texas Mayor Ron Nirenberg. The birthday bash includes a zoom interview of Little Joe by EMMY Award-winning anchor Rudy Trevino.

The highlight of the web special is the uniting of 90 Tejano artists and musicians, which have rerecorded and will perform, the “Chicano national anthem” Little Joe’s “Las Nubes.”  The song was originally recorded by Little Joe Y La Familia on the Para La Gente album, originally released on the Buena Suerte label in 1972, remastered on CBS Records in 1989.  The new recording is being produced by former members of La Familia, John Ontiveros, and Mike Torres III of LA 45, as well as Ricky Ray Hernandez.

“Little Joe is synonymous with Chicano music,” said David Chavez, INGEÑUITY CEO and OndaLive! Creator.  “We are honored to work with his family in galvanizing the Tejano industry behind a meaningful commemoration of his important milestone!”

OndaLive! is co-hosted by pop culture icon Cheech Marin and GRAMMY Award-winning Marisol “La Marisoul” Hernandez of La Santa Cecilia, andis sponsored by AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older.

The 3-day unprecedented fan gathering is scheduled for October 27-29, 2020, The festival begins at 8:00pm CST/PST/MST and 9:00pm ET  – to watch free, register visit

For Fest updates stay connected by following official OndaLive! social media channels (@laOndaLive on twitter and Instagram, LaOnda Live on Facebook and YouTube).

Participating accomplished and renowned musicians, by instrument, include:

Horn Sections:

LA 45:
     John Ontiveros
     Xavier Vidal
     Ricky Ray Hernandez
     Hector Ramirez
     Ryan Espitia
Latin Breed:
     Charlie Rodriguez
     Danny Perez
     Frank Perez
     Steve Sanchez
     Robert Dorantes
     Lonnie Lalanne
     Tory Treviño
     Rick Rios
The Mexican Revolution:
     Rupert Pacheco
     Charles Reyna
     Juan Nañez

Armando Lichtenberger, Jr.

Herbie Lopez
David Lee Garza  
JR Gomez
David Farias
Eddie Perez Jr.

Josh Baca

Bajo Sexto:
Max Baca
Billy O’ Rourke
Eddie Perez 

Gibby Escobedo
Fabian Hernandez
Manuel Castañeda
Cleto Escobedo Jr
Cleto Escobedo III

Rene Garcia
Francisco Torres

Poncho Sanchez

Will O’Rourke
Aaron Holler
Cristina Hinojosa
Mel Sanchez
Chris Rivera
Richard Solis
Chente Barrera
Lalo Reyna
Adam Garza

Mike Torres III
Steve Roth
Stanley Revillas
Rene Camacho
Tony Banda
Roy Paniagua

Estevan Ramirez
Juaquin Cura
Roger Velasquez
Steve Velasquez
Gilbert Velasquez

Julian Carillo
Gilbert Sedeño
Rick Fuentes
Steve RAT Silvas
Henry Parrilla
Mario Ortiz

David DeLa Garza
Rolando Revilla
Emanuel J

Campanas de America:
     Juan Ortiz
Mariachi Azteca:
     Gino Rivera
     Eric Garcia
     Uriel Bibiano
Las Alteñas:
     Valerie Vargas
     Sandra Gonzalez
Classical Strings:
     Christina Trongone
     Ronald Villabona

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1 comment on “Little Joe to celebrate 80th birthday with virtual Onda Live! finale on Oct. 29

  1. Joseph Sepulveda

    this was an amazing tribute to the king of the brown sound. does anyone know if the version of las nubes as performed at the end of the show might be on youtube or streaming services?


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