Inocencio Aguilar Acosta is a self taught musician. He picked up a guitar for the first time when he was 17. He dedicated himself to practicing until he learned the entire set list of a Norteño band that played at the local pub in his home town in Durango Mexico. That impressed them enough to let him join their group even though he was still not of legal age to be in a bar.
He played guitar and sang lead vocals on occasion with the band for 13 years. While his dream of making it big never came to be, there were enough gigs at dive bars and private events that allowed Inocencio to earn a living as a musician his whole life. Some of his favorite memories come from touring with his band. He loved visiting lots of different cities and of course the fans, especially the pretty female ones.
When he was 30, his band played a gig in Ensenada. Inocencio met his wife, left the band, and settled down here. Even though they had nine children, he still managed to find enough work as a musician to support his family until all of his kids were grown. He is very proud of that.
Inocencio came to Casa del Abuelo at age 74 when he realized that he was too much of a burden for his children to care for him. He only stayed for two months while he made arrangements for permanent housing. Inocencio now lives with his older brother in Mexicali, Baja California. He still loves music. And though it hurts his hands to play his guitar for too long in one sitting, it is still his favorite pastime.
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