Six-year-old Daniel Hinojosa was armed with his pearl white accordion and was ready to watch one of his favorite bands, Siggno.
When the family arrived at the Bee County Expo Center, they met a few friends on the Summerfest Committee and received VIP passes, which meant they could attend the meet and greet. The family was really excited to actually be able to meet Siggno lead singer and accordion player Jesse Turner.
Daniel’s mom, Daisy, recalled, “So, when we got to the back area, they were letting us in family by family, and when it got to our turn, we walked in, and he (Turner) said, ‘Oh, my God, a little mini me!’”
Turns out Daniel and Turner were pretty much dressed identically, including the same haircut.
Turner quickly gave his phone to Daniel’s older sister to record a message with his little twin, which he then posted online (as of printing, the video has 1,262 likes on Facebook).
Turner asked if Daniel could play, and he quickly whipped out his white accordion, which Turner autographed for him, and played a little tune.
“Then he asked, ‘Will you play with me tonight?’ And Daniel said ‘Yes, yes!’” Daisy said with a laugh.
The family then received backstage passes and waited for Daniel to be called on stage.
Turner’s manager asked Daniel what is his favorite Siggno song, to which he replied, “El Mundo Se Acabo.”
The song finally came up, and Daniel was ready, accordion in hand.
“When the time came, he went up on stage. It was unbelievable,” Daisy remembered.
In the video of the performance, Daniel is right up on front of the stage, playing and dancing away like a true professional.
“It was just so neat to see him up there,” Daisy recalled. “I was trying to record while crying at the same time.”
When asked how Daniel felt about the performance that night, his answer was simple: “Awesome.”
Soon after hitting the stage, the video went viral and garnered over 2,000 views in just a few hours. Daniel was now a star of both the stage and the Internet.
And if Daniel seems familiar, it’s because you’ve probably seen him as the Lil’ Marine who cites the pledge of allegiance in English and Spanish at the local Neighborhood Night Out, H-E-B 4th of July Parade and several veteran memorial events as well as karaoke at local businesses.
“This is so different,” Daisy said. “This is almost 2,000 people.
“He just likes to entertain.”
Daniel owns several instruments at home, including a drum set, a guitar and a keyboard.
When asked what he wanted to be when he grows up, he quickly answered, “A singer...
“And a lifeguard.”
He may just end up being Bee County’s first singing lifeguard. We’ll just have to wait and see.
Daisy added, “We just really wanted to commend Summerfest for bringing Siggno back and especially to Jesse for taking time out for children like he said.
“It’s really neat when artists give children an opportunity to do what they like doing. We were really touched by that as parents.”
So, keep an eye out for Daniel because when asked what message he has for all the fans he made that night, he responded, “I’ll be back one day.”
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5207 or at Paul@stxscene.com.