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Nuestra Familia
The Purple Rose, 1629 Jet Wing Drive
Saturday, Oct. 18 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.
$10 in advance or $15 at the door, 596-2077

How is Tejano music totally awesome? Let me count the ways: matching brocade outfits, accordion jams, polka beats and frequent appearances on shows like Sabado Gigante. The list goes on. You can have your very own gigantic Saturday, live at the Purple Rose with a Tejano show band that puts a decidedly Colorado twist on its act. Nuestra Familia (that's "Our Family" to you gringos), goes for the all-black-leather urban look rather than the bedazzled toreador getup, and you'll find them dabbling in all varieties of contemporary popular music from jazz to country, Latin and beyond. Now in their 10th year together, Nuestra Familia was founded by Steve Hernandez and JR Villanueva (son of the legendary accordionist Margarito Villanueva), and as their name implies, the members are all related to each other in some capacity or another with lots of ties between Greeley (where the band is based) and San Antonio, Texas. They have won many accolades including "Best Mexican Band" at the Colorado State Fair in 2000, and you can bet your bottom booty that you'll be shakin' it if you go.

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