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Celebrate July Fourth with Bubba Hernandez’s band

If the Fourth of July calls you to more intimate fireworks, you won’t have to go farther than the downtown Square today.

Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos play the patio at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern from 7 to 9 p.m. The Denton artist and his band will reheat Hernandez’s latest album, Big Pounding Heart.

The album takes all of the two-time Grammy winner’s countless musical experiences and influences and puts them together in a playful album glazed with Latin touches.

Los Super Vatos usually includes Denton’s crack guitarist Robert Hokamp and drummer Chris Hokamp, but guests occasionally sit in.

Big Pounding Heart has its share of winking, autobiographical stuff, such as “Testosterone,” as well as more aching fare, such as “Baby Please Come Home.” Hernandez wears reggae like a second skin in “Naturally.”

Sweetwater, at 115 S. Elm St., has made it a priority to put dance-worthy music on its patio on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos promises to deliver. Music on the patio is free, though audiences can have dinner and drinks while listening.

Coming up on Sunday at Sweetwater: Mario Cruz & Friends.

— Lucinda Breeding


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