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.

Master Accordionist to Perform in Concert at Trinity University

SAN ANTONIO – Master accordionist Eva Ybarra and music scholar Juan Tejeda will visit Trinity University as part of Trinity University’s Legends of Texas Border Music Series. Tejeda, an instructor at Palo Alto College, will present “Xicanismo and Tejano/Conjunto Music: Local Music, Global Identity, and Vision” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall. That evening, Ybarra will be accompanied by her conjunto group in concert at 7:30 p.m. in Laurie Auditorium. Both events are free and open to the public; tickets or reservations are not required.

Before teaching at Palo Alto College, Tejeda taught bicultural studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has written and lectured on the history and socio-cultural significance and importance of Tejano and conjunto music. He is also the founder of the Tejano Conjunto Festival.

Ybarra teaches her style of music at two colleges in San Antonio and performs locally with her mariachi and conjunto groups. She has toured in Washington, Canada, New York City, and performed at the San Antonio Conjunto Festival for the last 15 years. She has received numerous recognitions and awards throughout the years, most recently with her induction into the 2010 Conjunto Hall of Fame in San Benito, Texas. Her style and music complexity compares to Esteban Jordan, Paulino Bernal, and Oscar Hernandez.

For more information on the Legends of Texas Border Music Series, contact Mary Anthony at 210-999-8441.


Master Accordionist to Perform in Concert at Trinity University | Trinity University | a blog.

Festival seeks to establish Live Music Capital as Conjunto Country

Conjunto music, which began at the end of the 19th century, is folk music, similar to blues or old‐style country, and tells the stories of the everyday lives of the working class. It is also dance music, characterized by a strong, unrelenting beat and bright accordion melodies, evidence of the fusion of German and Mexican immigrant cultures in south Texas at the beginning of the 20th century.

It was tremendously popular among working‐class Hispanic Texans during the post‐World War II era. Then, audiences flocked to Tejano music, which was a heavily influenced by rock, rhythm and blues and jazz, beginning in the late 1960s and 1970s, nearly wiping out conjunto on radio playlists everywhere.

Read article : Festival seeks to establish Live Music Capital as Conjunto Country | The Blackland Reporter.

Roberto Pulido true to his roots

Legendary singer-songwriter Roberto Pulido describes his famous norteño, Tejano and rock ‘n’ roll sound as “like a guacamole.”

“It’s a little bit of this and a little bit of that,” said Pulido from his Edinburg office.

The fruits ‘n’ vegetables metaphor is fitting.

As a child of migrant farm workers, he grew up listening to conjunto and norteño as well as the music of Little Joe & the Latinaires and Sunny & the Sunliners while working in the fields.

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Local legend fulfilled dream

At Janie’s Record Shop, Juanita Esparza is a legend to her customers. They come from all over to pick “Miss Janie’s” brain on everything conjunto or Tejano, and she doesn’t disappoint.

“People come in here to test her,” says her daughter Rebecca “Becky” Deleon. “She’s never failed. People say, ‘Janie doesn’t have it? You don’t need it!’”

Esparza was honored earlier this month with the 2011 Tejano Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award alongside Flaco Jimenez for being a pioneer and trendsetter in Tejano music. She has also been inducted into the National Hispanic Music Hall of Fame and has appeared in Billboard Magazine, thanks to her record shop, now 26 years old.
Read more: – San Antonio Express-News.

Remembering ‘El Parche’ a year after his death

August 13 will mark the first anniversary of the death of accordion legend Esteban “Steve” Jordan. He left behind a musical legacy that will never be equaled in Chicano history: close to 60 albums (eight of them unreleased), a Jordan-ized band of sons, and a string of regional hit songs that spanned over four decades. He penned the unofficial Chicano national anthem, “Soy de Tejas,” and created a genre of music with only one practitioner — himself. Jordan was, in my estimation, the only musical genius Chicanos have ever produced.

Read more:  Music – San Antonio Current.