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Tonight: Hernandez’s Holiday Hangout

December 27, 2018

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

Thursday, December 27 (tonight), join the live-music throng at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm Street from 7 to 9 this evening for the 2018 edition of the Hernandez Holiday Hangout.

“Relax and enjoy the living room vibe for our DFW/D families who are not traveling


Bubba and Ricky Hernandez at Casbeers.

and sticking around town. Hernandez originals as well as R&B Rockish chestnuts or whatever comes to mind (“beauty marks” and all) in a round-robin, you-call-it, sink-or-swim format.

This laid-back event co-stars Bubba and Ricky Hernandez, with Robert Bacigalupe, Alan “Big Al” Emert and maybe a few surprise-guest performers … and that could mean you!

So please, come hangout! Dance, sing, be merry and happy!”


The 2015 Holiday Hangout.

About Bubba

Combining delectable, danceable compositions, provocative vocals, and hip motivating grooves, Cenobio Xavier “Bubba” Hernandez III boldly defined his sound as a 20-½-year member of the two-time Grammy Award-winning polka rock band, Brave Combo. Today, he continues creating fresh, alternative-world music.


Bubba’s Latest Release.

His first solo disc, Grammy-nominated Polka Freak Out featuring accordionist Alex Meixner, rocked Germanic, Polish, Serbian and other eastern European polka styles with Tex-Mex. His second album, Dancing En Fuego, had Hernandez combining old school funk and effortlessly bending genres like middle-eastern, lounge and traditional Latin styles such as cumbia, salsa, conjunto, mariachi, and banda with rocking guitars, funky drumming and pumping bass.

Hernandez has stretched his considerable talents to embrace both his past and the future. A fourth-generation musician, he allows himself to indulge his Mexican heritage while at the same time building a cultural bridge.BubbaDentonJazzFest

“My grandfather, Cenobio I, came to Texas from Mexico to play in the orchestra pit for the silent movies in the early 1920s. With over 100 compositions to his credit, we were fortunately surprised when his piece “Recuerdos” was placed in the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer as well as in the Oscar-winning documentary, The Personals: Improvisations on Romance in the Golden Years after the music had been mostly dormant for 50 years.”

Considering such a pedigree, it comes as little surprise that Bubba’s own credentials include 30 ongoing years of touring nationally and internationally, appearances in True Stories, The Simpsons, and Late Bloomers. His compositions are featured in radio, television and film including such movies as Day Break, Bullet, Quick, Fools Rush In, Tortilla Heaven, The Ballad of Ezequiel Hernandez, and The Lord of Illusions. Hernandez’s productions also include a children’s album All Day Fun with Miss Polly (Maynard). His future projects include collaboration with percussionist/engineer John Bush of Eddie Brickell and New Bohemians.

Bubba travels and performs with Robert Hokamp and Jimi Tunnell on guitars and rounded out by regional players wherever they go.


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