Tio Chico is a music project started by Frank Almendra, a Brazilian musician living in the US since the '90s that delivers talent, diversity, grace and a multitude of rhythms in his songwriting. He is a member of many local Brazilian music acts in town but this one is the first where he sings and has a chance to showcase his own compositions, highlighting upbeat and very danceable music styles from the North and Northeastern regions of Brazil where he grew up. He has surrounded himself by some of his great musician friends to help him create a unique sound that has a Brazilian but also a World music feel. Veteran Austin guitar side man Darin Layne, Sax player Scott Mcintosh, Drummer Bruno Vinezof, Bass player Marcos Santos and backing vocalist Simone Novaes are his current bandmates.
The name Tio Chico was chosen because it is one of Frank's nicknames used by many of his nephews to call him by.