Latin Notes: Saluté anniversary a bittersweet event

Azeneth Dominguez’s crowning achievement — Saluté’s 25th anniversary — is admittedly bittersweet.

As the bar owner and loyal patrons celebrate at the St. Mary’s Strip landmark this weekend with Flaco JimenezMax Baca, the West Side Horns, Joe Jama and Los Dudes, it’s with a sinking feeling that things didn’t play out quite the way they’d hoped.

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Salute’s days are numbered

The sale of a small retail center on St. Mary’s Strip between East Craig Street and East Russell Place signals the beginning of the end for Salute International Bar, a landmark with a storied musical history.

It’s no secret that Salute owner Azeneth Dominguez has been looking to get out of the business for nearly two years, since the death of Esteban “Steve” Jordan in August 2010.

Jordan had a longtime residency there and Salute played home to performers like the late Randy Garibay, Joe Jama and Flaco Jimenez, as well as punk rockers and DJs.

San Antonio businessman Casey Lange bought the center in April.  Lange, who is the landlord forLimelight and Feast, says he has no immediate plans for the space.

But he doesn’t plan to operate Salute or carry on the name.  Lange envisions launching a new nightclub with a food component at the site in 2013.

Both parties said they hadn’t discussed details of Dominguez’s eventual exit.  At this time, current tenants are operating on a month-to-month basis.

“If I can stay until June, I’ll be happy,” said Dominguez who has operated the bar for 24 years.  Salute is located at 2801 N. St, Mary’s.

Salute’s days are numbered | The Music Beat | a blog.

Conjunto’s Roel Flores keeps music alive with paintbrush

The 69-year-old musician-turned-artist, said he hopes his art can bring his memories and experiences as a migrant worker to life. He aims to preserve the history of migrant workers and connect with those that grew up with the same values and love for conjunto that he did.

“I’m trying to keep conjunto alive, not by sound, but by sight,” Flores said.

Read more here:  The Monitor

Puro Chicano Art and Conjunto Music Links

Here are some links that you might want to pass along or share with others!

  • Gallista Gallery 
    Chicano Art Gallery studio of Joe L. Lopez here in San Antonio Tx.
  • San Antonio Murals The San Anto Cultural Arts Center has tried to restore and maintain the tradition of painting murals in our local community.
  • Say Sí
    SAY Sí, in San Antonio, is a year round, long-term, non-profit multidisciplinary arts program that provides students opportunities to develop artistic and social skills in preparation for higher educational advancement and professional careers. SAY Sí’s MAS [Media Arts Studio], is a creative multi-media environment where students can develop their artistic voices through the use of innovative and empowering communications and media technology.
  • Los Angeles: Painted City 
    Murals in Los Angeles CA
    An Educational Forum Furthering the Conversation Regarding Mesoamerican Roots and Contemporary Chicano Aesthetic Vision
  • Corridos Sin Fronteras 
    Learn about Corridos from the Smithsonian. Tambien en español.
  • Accordion Dreams from PBS 
    Everything you wanted to know about Conjunto music can be found on this website – based on a documentary by Hector Galan. Also, here is a good article by foremost Conjunto expert Manuel Peña.
  • Soul to Squeeze 
    About the accordion and Conjunto music
  • Border Cultures: Conjunto Music 
    The music of the Mexico/United States border region is one of the most vibrant expressions of this unique culture. The links on this page provide starting points for learning about the conjunto musical style, its history, cultural significance, and artistry. From the Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Dueling Accordions 
    How the Texas-bred music made famous by Selena is losing the tug-of-war with Mexico. Austin American-Statesman, 2006