Darold Vigil, aka “Pocho Joe,” host of the Chicano-flavored La Raza Rocks radio hour, is a walking encyclopedia of Latin rock, soul and R&B. And he graciously shares his immense knowledge of those musical styles and their purveyors past and present, taking La Raza listeners on a guided tour, from Denver’s Brass Monkey to Cali’s Champs and beyond. But in his quiet, affable way, Vigil, a 2018 Chicano Music Hall of Fame inductee, lets the music he plays speak for itself. The show, which runs on Sundays from 1 to 2 p.m. on KUVO 89.3, will set the mood for your weekend afternoon (“Suavecito,” anyone?), especially with Vigil at the helm; consider it a learning experience with a groove. (Westword-Arts & Entertainment 2021)
La Raza Rocks weekly show that presents the “Roots and Branches of Chicano Music.” KUVO is a public radio station (89.3 FM in Denver), and La Raza Rocks is part of the station’s dynamic weekend programming. La Raza Rocks is only an hour each Sunday (1 pm), but in that hour the listener is treated to a great mix of oldies, Chicano Rock, Movement Music, Chicano Blues, a bit of Latino Independent Music, a dash of the latest from young innovators, and plenty of information about the music, musicians, and the music industry, as seen from the cynical but astute Chicano eyes of Pocho Joe. (Excerpted from La Blog)
Photo: Pocho Joe and KUVO founder Florence Hernandez-Ramos at Pocho’s 10th Anniversary (of being on-air at KUVO) party at Rick’s Tavern in 2013.
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