Joe King Carrasco
Known as the King of Tex-Mex rock and roll, Joe King Carrasco, creates a stylistic borderland of pop rock and Latin rhythms. His cross-cultural stew blends cumbias, calypso, salsa, surf, reggae, and Latin-tinged polkas. It has been a long road, coming from Dumas,Texas, a dusty little west Texas town where in the 7th grade he started playing in garage bands. In his late teens, he was often lured to the beaches in Southern Mexico and was drawn to the Mexican music he was hearing around him. Back in Texas he joined up with future members of the Texas Tornados and in 1979 released his 1st LP titled Tex-Mex Rock & Roll. He later formed a band in Austin, Texas featuring Vox organ-driven Tex-mex pop and soon the band was playing chic New York venues and generating lines around the block. Signing with England's legendary Stiff Records, he toured extensively consistently delivering high energy performances. Joe's had interviews in Rolling Stone and performed on SNL and MTV. His song Party Weekend is still known as the quintessential party anthem and made him a household name to MTV viewers across the world. In 2009 he released "Rancho No Tengo"- a movie and soundtrack that he wrote and directed. He sang "Adios Mexico" with members of the Texas Tornados, in a 2010 tribute to one of his early heroes the late Doug Sahm. Joe, a Texas Hall of Fame inductee, continues to tour, write music, record musicians, act in independent films and relentlessly search for the perfect desolate Mexican beach to hang out with his 3 Jack Russell Terriers. Joe King Carrasco has found his musical home at Nacho Daddy in Puerto Vallarta, a Mex-Tex restaurant and club. Its walls are tapered with memories, such as posters and photographs of Joes' musical history and travels around the world. Holding court at Nacho Daddy gives Joe King a palace to rock his Tex Mex and transport those who drink the magic flavored "margaritas" to a place where the "Party Weekend" goes on forever.