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We are a high-energy variety band based in San Antonio, Texas. Perfect for any occasion, we frequently play weddings and private parties in addition to numerous local venues! We play venues of all shapes and sizes from backyards to casinos, and are an extremely versatile band with many services to offer including:

Full variety band
Playing all your favorites from oldies, to current top 40 hits, covering all genres!

Live Band Karaoke

Be the frontman of our band! You rock the mic, we'll take care of the rest! Choose from over 650+ songs in our ever-growing song list!

Tribute Shows
Michael Jackson & Prince Tribute,
Bruno Mars & Justin Timberlake Tribute
Queen Tribute
George Strait & Garth Brooks Tribute
80s Tribute band.


We have become known as one of the hardest working bands in Texas, at one time playing 6 shows a week, every week! Not to mention, we have one of the largest song libraries in our arsenal that would be difficult to rival anywhere in the south.

Meet the Band!

John Hernandez


A self-taught musician and manager of Retro Nouveau, John has a background in both live music and studio work. He is a composer and film scorer, as well as a musical director and instructor of both guitar and piano. John has been playing guitar since 1986 and has been musically employed since the age of 12.  He was the winner of Guitar Wars 13, voted "Best Guitarist" 2009-2012 consecutively at the San Antonio Music Awards, and winner of the "Open for Steve Vai" guitar competition 2013. After playing with such acts as Chakare, Sauce The Band, Cristian Castro, Drive, Jay Perez, and Royal Dukes, amongst many others, John decided in 2014 to form his own variety band which is known today as Retro Nouveau. However, John wanted the band to be able to adapt to any stage. Whether they have a normal cover show, are playing a wedding, provide a backing band for a solo artist, host Live Band Karaoke, or get commissioned to produce a tribute show, his goal was to have a band nobody could compare to. 


Sam Tovar

3rd Generation Musician, Sam has been on stage since the age of 9. sharing the stage with acts oike Grupo Cielo, Mike Anthony, The Backwoodz, The Dirty Bowties, Troubadour, Los Tovares, Beatriz Y Destino, The Q Band, Fiesta Texas, Dembo, Papawood, Misty Ann Lubianski, and Blow My Cover. Upon joining Reto Nouveau, he was handed a setlist of over 700 songs and didnt flinch. ALso with a background in audio production, music is forever in his soul. 

Chad Collins


Chad has been singing professionally for 6 years with acts such as Ukranium, 12 Gauge, and Selfish Machines. Chad's first introduction to Retro Nouveau was as a featured singer for their Michael Jackson Tribute shows, and has since become their lead male vocalist. Chad has also performed in musicals such as Rock Of Ages, All Shook Up, and The Rat Pack Lounge. He is an extremely versitile singer and his voice has been compared to Steve Perry, Geoff Tate, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, and Claudio Sanchez. Surprisingly enough, when its time to perform country, or even pop, Chad has the ability to adapt to any genre and sing in a variety of  styles while still achieving his own sound. 

Adam Ramirez

Adam started his musical journey on guitar at age 12, he eventually found his home with the bass (he's also a hell of a drummer). Playing in jam sessions and smaller projects over the years he was eventually hired in The Patsy Torres Band by the age of 20. Other associated acts include Cantaloupe St Pierre, Savannah Votion, Valeria Gonzalez, Beatriz y Destino, and Creciendo Fuerte. Proficient in many genres including Funk, Rock, Metal, Latin, Math Rock, Progressive Rock, Djent, and Pop. Aside from John, Adam is one of the longest running musicians in Retro Nouveau. He also has quite an amazing voice, and frequently jumps in on vocals on most gigs!


Featured Artists

Cecilia Zevala


Ceci grew up attending her father (Geno Zavala)’s onstage performances since the early age of 6 years old and from there her passion for the performing arts led her to leading female roles in West Side Story, and The Wiz throughout her school years. In 2009 She was crowned Laredo’s Ms. Tejano / Country. Upon moving to San Antonio, Ceci Zavala was able to explore different creative avenues for her talents. Ceci has shaped her musical stylings by gathering inspiration from artists such as Selena Quintanilla, Janis Joplin, Shania Twain, and Ariana Grande among others. Within the last five years, she has been the lead singer for multiple local San Antonia bands. She began as a member of Finding Friday for four years and is now currently the lead singer in the high energy bands E7 as well as Bump Latino. Ceci was recently invited to participate in the popular NETFLIX original series, SING ON! Season 1. Filmed in London in November of 2019, and currently streaming! 

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Emily Apolinar

Born and raised in Pecos, Texas; Inspired by her uncle, Gospel recording artist Ben Apolinar, she began performing local events, church services, talent shows, school events, and the West of The Pecos Rodeo. From the age of 11, she would join mentors Esmi Talamantez and Adam Vargas (Viento Loco), Abel Talamantez of Menudo/MDO, alongside many other Tejano performers and band members every summer instructing choir classes at a local Summer Jam Camp. Influences include Stevie Wonder, Lady Gaga, Amy Winehouse, and Stevie Nicks and her versality includes Rock, R&B, Pop, and Latin music. 

Analina Devora

Analina was introduced to the drums at the early age of 5 first in her Grandfather's garage by her grandfather - who was a member of the Naval Academy Band. Analina continued on and took what her grandfather taught her to NYA (a local organization for young musicians) and Take Note Youth Band of San Antonio organization at the age of 15 where she began professionally working as a musician. She received her Bachelors Degree in Music from St Marys University focusing on Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Quintet. Studying under established musicians such as Jim Kalson, Joe Caploe, and Audra Menconi, Analina is well versed in all genres including Latin, Jazz, R&B, Motown, and Rock. 

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Jennifer Espinoza

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Jen is a seasoned performer who has toured the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. with Queen's official tribute band, The Queen Extravaganza put together by Brian May and Roger Taylor themselves. She has also fronted Janis Joplin's original band Big Brother and the Holding Company as a guest singer. A 10 year veteran as a Six Flags artist, performing in big-production shows singing Country, Pop, R & B, Soul, and Rock, She still somehow finds time to perform with San Antonio local band Finding Friday as well as her own project Jenn E. and the Dealers.

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