Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns
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Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE

Austin, Texas, United States | INDIE
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Jun
30
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ Miller Outdoor Theatre

Houston, Texas, USA

Houston, Texas, USA

Mar
17
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ Threadgill's World Headquarters

Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, Texas, USA

Mar
16
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ The Dog and Duck Pub

None, Texas, USA

None, Texas, USA

Mar
13
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ South by Southwest (SXSW) - Skinny's Ballroom

Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, Texas, USA

Mar
10
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ The Kessler Theater

Dallas, Texas, USA

Dallas, Texas, USA

Sep
04
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ Railroad Blues

Alpine, Texas, USA

Alpine, Texas, USA

Sep
03
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ The Marfa Lights Festival

Marfa, Texas, USA

Marfa, Texas, USA

Sep
02
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ Cheatham Street Warehouse

San Marcos, Texas, USA

San Marcos, Texas, USA

Aug
27
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ Crossroads Saloon

Fredericksburg, Texas, USA

Fredericksburg, Texas, USA

Aug
26
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ Uncle Billy's on Lake Travis

Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, Texas, USA

Jun
26
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ Sam’s Burger Joint

San Antonio, Texas, USA

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Jun
25
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ Antone’s

Austin, Texas, USA

Austin, Texas, USA

Jun
24
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ Poor David's Pub

Dallas, Texas, USA

Dallas, Texas, USA

Jun
18
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ The Back Porch Port Aransas, TX

Port Aransas, Texas, USA

Port Aransas, Texas, USA

Jun
17
Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns @ The Continental Club - Houston

Houston, Texas, USA

Houston, Texas, USA

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Press


Austin360.com's Best of SXSW 2012 lists
"5. Joe "King" Carrasco & the Crowns making middle-aged people dance as unselfconsciously as 3-year-olds at the Dog & Duck." Parry Gettelmen
"2. Joe "King" Carrasco on Friday at the Dog & Duck. Arrived well early for the Gourds. Lucky break. Carrasco's wild theatrics made for an epic beach party." Brian T. Atkinson
- Austin 360


""Que Wow" is the new disc from the reunited original version of Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns. It's Tex-Mex rock ‘n' roll at its finest, sounding like the band never broke up -- even though it's been 31 years since the last recording.............." - Lincoln Journal Star


Joe "King" Carrasco placed into our Hall of Fame years back for his decades of Tex-Mex rock, reggae, and soundtrack work, but only with the Crowns beginning in 1979 did he eventually become one of the original MTV darlings. The band, which reunited this year, plied a colorful, upbeat border rock dubbed "Nuevo Wavo" with Kris Cummings' Farfisa organ putting an 1980s spin on the San Antonio sound of Augie Meyers' Vox organ of the 1960s. The band recorded on prestigious UK punk/New Wave imprint Stiff Records. - Austin Chronicle - Margaret Moser


As far as we know the recording artist Joe King Carrasco wasn’t involved in the drug trade but he did draw on the sonds from both sides of the border to create his unique brand of Tex-Mex music. - KUT


Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns were pretty much my life soundtrack in the early 80’s –from their early videos on MTV, to that fateful night at Tango when someone tossed a tear gas bomb into the crowd during their performance. So it was a bit surreal to sit in a room with the band, these decades later, and rehash their careers and experiences touring and performing. Joe King and the band still maintain their high-energy and great sense of humor, both on and off the stage. - Art and Seek - KERA


The problem with being Joe "King" Carrasco these days is that you just can't get good crowns anymore.

At least not the nice red-velvety ones he wore at the dawn of the '80s when he and his band the Crowns had their unlikely coronation on the coattails of "Party Weekend." And Carrasco needs his Crowns lately, both the upper- and lowercase kind, for a five-city reunion loop that brings them to Antone's Saturday. - Austin American Statesman


Discography

2012 - Que Wow! All new music from Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns.

2011 - Danceteria Deluxe -CD - Recorded March 1980, Released June 2011, Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns recorded this demo tape in the Bronx, New Youk. It was never released until 2011 when the original Crowns reunited to take thier Tex-Mex Nuevo Wavo Party Music back to the stages of Texas. Joe King Carrasco (vocals, guitar), Kris Cummings (vocals, vox organ), Brad Kizer (vocals, bass), Mike Navarro (drums). Songs include Buena, Let's Get Pretty, Betty's World, Party Doll, Tuff Enuff, Wild 14, Kicks on You, Nervoused Out, Susan Friendly.

2011 - Live at Dixies - DVD - released in 2011 by Anaconda Records. DVD of a show from Dixie's Bar in Austin Texas in 1984.

1979 - Tales of the Crypt - was recorded in New York City NY and released in 1979 by Rior Records. Songs include: Buena, Caca de Vaca, Tears Been Falling, Morning Coffee, Wild 14, One More Time, Sweet Little Rock N Roller, That's the Love, Let's Get Pretty, Betty's World, Federales, Monkey Got My Frisbee The musicians are - Kris Cummings (keyboards),Brad Kizer (bass guitar), Mike Navarro (drums), and Joe King Carrasco (guitars and vocals).

1981 - Party Safari - released in 1981 by Hannibal Records. Songs include - Bad Rap , Gin Baby Gin , That's the Love , Ta U La Ou Va. The musicians are - Kris Cummings (keyboards), Brad Kizer (bass guitar), Mike Navarro (drums), and Joe King Carrasco (guitars and vocals).

1981 - Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns - released in 1981 by Hannibal Records (USA). Songs include - Houston El Mover , Gimme Sody,Jody, Buena , Betty's World , I Get My Kicks on You , One More Time , Don't Bug Me Baby , Nervoused Out , Caca de Vaca , , Party Doll , Federales , Let's Get Pretty. The musicians are - Kris Cummings (keyboards), Brad Kizer (bass guitar), Mike Navarro (drums), and Joe King Carrasco (guitars and vocals).

1981 - Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns - released in 1981 by Stiff Records (Europe). Songs include -Buena , Betty's World , I Get My Kicks on You , One More Time , Don't Bug Me Baby , Nervoused Out , Caca de Vaca , Susan Friendly , Party Doll , Federales/Wild 14 , Let's Get Pretty. The musicians are - Kris Cummings (keyboards), Brad Kizer (bass guitar), Mike Navarro (drums), and Joe King Carrasco (guitars and vocals).

1982 - Synapse Gap - released in 1982 by MCA Records. Songs include - Imitations Class , Person - Person , Don't Let a Woman , Where We At , Senor Lover , Wanna Get That Feel , Bad Rap , Front Me Some Love , Rip It Up-Shake It Up , That's The Love , Man Overboard.The musicians are - Kris Cummings (keyboards), Brad Kizer (bass guitar), Dick Ross (drums), Joe King Carrasco (guitars and vocals) and courtesy of Epic Records - Michael Jackson (harmonies).

1983 - Party Weekend - released in 1983 by MCA Records. Songs include - Let's Go , Dance Republic , Kantina , Get Off , Buena , Tears Been A-Falling , Party Weekend , Let's Go Nutz , Lupe , Perfect Spot , Burnin' It Down , Gracias. The musicians are - Kris Cummings(keyboards), Brad Kizer (bass guitar), Dick Ross (drums), and Joe King Carrasco (guitars and vocals).

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Bio

In the late summer 1979, Joe King Carrasco formed a stripped-down four-piece combo to replace his Chicano big band, El Molino. Dubbed the Crowns, organist/accordionist Kris Cummings, bassist Brad Kizer, and drummer Miguel Navarro backed up Carrasco at Raul's, the famed punk club, and the Hole-in-the-Wall, and other University of Texas-area venues in Austin, quickly gaining a following around their revved-up Tex-Mex brand of punk rock, harkening back to the classic Vox and Farfisa organ-driven sound first popularized by the 1960s Texas bands Sir Douglas Quintet ("She's About A Mover"), Sam The Sham and The Pharoahs ("Wooly Bully"), and ? And the Mysterians ("96 Tears").

In November 1979, Joe King Carrasco & the Crowns made their first trip to New York City where Joe King almost gave the Lone Star Café's owner, Mort Cooperman, a heart attack when he jumped off the club's balcony onto the stage. The band was such a sensation, they were invited to play the storied Mudd Club downtown, and returned to Austin with praises from rock critic Lester Bangs and the New York Times’ John Rockwell.

Armed with a 45 rpm single "Party Weekend" b/w "Houston El Mover" that was financed by ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, the band returned to New York in the spring of 1980 to record a demo album for Warner Brothers Records and play two weeks worth of dates at CBGB's, Hurrah, TR3, which would lead to more bookings at the Danceteria, the Peppermint Lounge, and the Bottom Line, as well as appearances in Washington, DC, Boston, Toronto, Providence, and other cities in the northeast.

By the end of the summer, Joe King Carrasco & the Crowns signed a recording contract with Stiff Records in England and embarked on the Son of Stiff Tour with Tenpole Tudor, Dirty Looks, the Equators, and Any Trouble, playing the United Kingdom, Europe, and the northeastern United States, promoting their debut album and the single "Buena," a Top Ten hit in France and Sweden that charted in the Top 40 on the BBC.

While overseas, the band filmed a video of "Buena" in London, and taped television appearances in Spain, France, and Germany. In January 1981, the band issued their first US album on the Hannibal label for music impresario Joe Boyd, appeared "Saturday Night Live," and were one of the first featured acts on a new cable television channel called MTV. Later that year, JKC and the Crowns made their West Coast debut at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go behind their Hannibal EP "Party Safari" and shared the stage at Hollywood’s Cathay de Grande with a new band called Los Lobos.

Joe King Carrasco & The Crowns played a critical role in exporting the Austin sound and Texas music around the world, while establishing the band as one of the most popular music-makers in the Lone Star state in clubs, at Spring Break in South Padre Island, and in storied venues such as Red Rocks in Denver, the Agora in Cleveland, and the Ritz in New York, where they shared played dates with the Talking Heads, the Police, REM, UB 40, the English Beat, and the Go-Gos.

Thirty years later, the band that exported Tex-Mex Rock-Roll around the globe has reunited. After a round of Texas dates in the summer of 2011, Joe “King” Carrasco & The Crowns recorded and released a new album QUE WOW (Anaconda), performed as an official band at South By Southwest 2012, played the Austin Music Awards (along with a guy named Bruce Springsteen, among others), where they were inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame, and are going out on an extended run of road dates. New fans are discovering what old hardcore fans knew back in the 80s: Joe "King" Carrasco & the Crowns rock their Tex-Mex like no one else before or since.

Written by JOE NICK PATOSKI