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Joel Hernandez set to take Ziegfest stage (Video)

By by sonny long/
Oct. 17, 2012 at 5:17 a.m.

Joel Hernandez, a 15-year-old from El Campo, will open the musical lineup at the 54th annual Yorktown Western Days/Ziegfest.

Western Days/Ziegfest Musical Lineup (free)


• 5-7 p.m. - Joel Hernandez

• 7:30-9:30 p.m. - Two Tons of Steel

• 10 p.m.-midnight - Granger Smith


• Noon-1 p.m. - Brian Milson

• 1:30-2:30 p.m. - Cooper Wade

• 3-4:30 p.m. - Jason Meadows

• 5-6:30 p.m. - Cody Johnson

• 7-8:30 p.m. - Bleu Edmonson

• 9-10:30 p.m. - Kyle Park

• 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. - Roger Creager


•  Noon-1:30 p.m. - DJ Val

• 2-3:30 p.m. - Trevor Cole Band

• 4-5:30 p.m. - BJ Thibideaux & Backwater Blvd.


The Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall will be on display during Yorktown Western Days/Ziegfest. An opening ceremony unveiling the wall will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial.

The wall will be available for viewing starting at 9 a.m. each day the remainder of the festival. It will close at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The traveling wall is the largest traveling replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. It is 360 feet long and eight feet tall. All the names on the wall in Washington are also on the traveling replica.

YORKTOWN - Joel Hernandez has been involved with music most of his life - all 15 years.

Joel won the Battle of the Bands competition at this year's Fools Folly Festival, earning the right to be the opening act at the 54th annual Yorktown Western Days/Ziegest.

The El Campo 10th grade honor student will take the stage for two hours starting at 5 p.m. Friday, kicking off three days of live music mixed in with a carnival, parades, children's activities, cook-offs and other events.

Joel's grandfathers played in bands, as did his dad and his mother is a pianist. Joel has been in the church choir since he was able to sing and began playing the piano at 5. He started singing karaoke at 8 and started playing the guitar in the fifth grade. He and some friends formed a band in the seventh grade.

"My family was a large influence in getting me into playing music. I have always had music around me," said Joel.

Joel has shared the stage with country artist The Band Perry, Patrick Murphy, Sarah Hickman, Latin rock artist Andy Vargas, Haydn Vitera, and rock guitarist George Lynch.

He has performed several concerts in Las Vegas, California and around Texas.

"I would love to play at Wembley Stadium," said Joel.

Joel's sound is unique - he calls it a form of pop rock - with a little Texas swing, hard rocking guitars and keyboards.

Add his powerful vocals, and Joel Hernandez is quickly becoming a musical force to be reckoned with not only in Texas, but on the national scene.

"I hope to make a long, successful career out of singing. I want to get songs on the radio and have gold and platinum albums," he said.



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