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Mariachi Band Frogs in studio, 2013.
Mariachi Band Frogs in studio, 2013.

Frog Mariachi Band

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Nashville, Tennessee

In 1983, artist Bob "Daddy-O" Wade built six ten-foot-tall frogs wearing cowboy boots, which were then perched on the roof of a Dallas nightclub named Tango. Bob called them "Six Frogs Over Tango" (a pun on Six Flags Over Texas). He told us that while he was assembling them in a warehouse, he was approached by a man on a motorized bar stool who suggested that the frogs should move. Bob liked the idea, mounted the two dancing frogs on a turntable, and nearly died when one of them almost kicked him off the roof.

Mariachi Band Frogs on Nashville roof.
Mariachi Band Frogs on Nashville roof.

The six frogs were later split into sets of three. One group now stands north of Hillsboro, Texas; the other was sold to the owners of Chuy's Mexican restaurants. For a while the three -- the guitar player, saxophone player with a sombrero, and maracas player with a cocoanut bra -- stood on the roof of a Chuy's in Houston, but in 2013 they were moved to the roof of a new Chuy's in Nashville. "Downtown," said Bob, with pride. "Where the action is."

Also see: Roadside Art of Daddy-O

Frog Mariachi Band


1901 Broadway, Nashville, TN
Broadway and 19th Ave. S.
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