Joe Lococo was born in Buffalo, New York. He started taking guitar lessons at the age of 12 from a local Buffalo Music teacher who had been a student of Andres Segovia. Growing up in the midst of a flourishing Music Scene, Joe was a motivated student and spent many cold winters indoors as a kid practicing guitar and honing his craft. Taking advantage of every opportunity to play with some of the great Buffalo Musicians, Joe learned to play blues, jazz and rock & roll. It was in Buffalo that he began to make a living as a musician.
In the late 70’s Joe moved to San Francisco and became established over time as a guitarist/sideman/bandleader and vocalist. He’s played thousands of gigs with hundreds of different bands, learning the business side of music, dealing with agents and club owners, booking, promoting and putting great bands together for special occasions. He’s played on many records, including his own solo release, “Smokin” released in 2019.
As a seasoned pro, Joe Lococo, is highly respected by his peers as a sideman and bandleader. He currently plays regularly in a number of bands, including residencies at San Francisco Saloon with the late Johnny Nitro’s Door Slammers, Lucky Strike and the Lisa Kindred Band. Joe was a member of the legendary saxophonist Jules Broussard (Carlos Santana, Van Morrison) Band for over 15 years.