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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Flaco Jimenez steps back in time with duos other half

Fred Ojeda, left, and Flaco Jimenez record as Los Caporales at the Blue Cat Studio. Their cantina-sounding album, the product of sessions in which Jimenez became emotional, will be released this summer. Photo: Billy Calzada, Staff / © 2012 San Antonio Express-News

Flaco Jimenez is back in the studio consumed by a labor of love.  Not to work on a new solo project (he’s vowed those off) but rather to dig deep into his past with the long-extinct Los Caporales, a duo with singer and bajo sexto player Fred Ojeda.

They are the embodiment of the spirit of their boyhood heroes, Los Alegres de Teran.


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Polka on stolen instruments

It’s always the same conversation.

“How can you be Hispanic?” someone asks. You’re way too white and your name is Nathaniel Miller. Nathaniel Andrew Miller.

It’s not the name I chose for myself, I try to explain. My mom’s mistake was marrying a white guy and taking his name.

“Yeah, but how are you Hispanic?” they always ask.

I then end up explaining my family history. My mother’s maiden name was Rocha. Her middle name is Guadalupe. My grandmother’s maiden name was Ramos. To drive it home, I usually go further on down the family tree.

But none of that matters. My mom married a white Oregon boy stationed in San Antonio while with the Marines. Now I have a light skin tone. Love does strange things to people.

Even after my birth, mom’s family members would ask her why she gave me the name she did.

“What ever happened to good Mexican names like Jose and Pepe?” They asked her upon hearing my new name. It didn’t matter what they thought, she said; she loved my name and said it was her gift to me.

I told her if she wanted to give me a gift, she should have gotten me a bicycle….

Read more:Polka on stolen instruments- Odessa American Online.


Flaco Jiménez: Will the ‘King of Conjunto’ finally play with his brother Santiago Jiménez Jr.?

The 31st annual TCF has attractions for all tastes: the young, the old, and the fusion-minded. But none of those attractions shine more than the potential for three, five, 10, 15 minutes, or whatever Flaco Jiménez and his brother Santiago Jiménez Jr. could give us.

The brothers, children of Santiago Jiménez Sr. and two of the greatest living legends of conjunto in their own right, haven’t recorded together since 1960, and haven’t played together since 1982, when they shared the stage with their father at the very first Tejano Conjunto Festival in 1982. While Santiago is ready for the gig, Flaco was surprised when I asked him about it.

“They have sort of a long duel, an estrangement of sorts,” said festival director Juan Tejeda. “Santiago is willing to do it, but I spoke mainly to Flaco’s son about doing a polkita or two in tribute to their father. That’s the plan, and we all hope it happens.

Read the whole article here: “Flaco Jiménez: Will the ‘King of Conjunto’ finally play with his brother Santiago Jiménez Jr.? 


La Santa Cecilia returns to their home away from home

“The band LOVES San Antonio,” writes Grammy-winning producer Sebastian Krys about La Santa Cecilia, the first band he signed for his label Rebeleon Entertainment. “It was the first city outside Los Angeles that they felt they really connected with fans, so it has a special place for them.”

Read more here – Music – San Antonio Current.


Tejano Conjunto Fest gets under way

The Seniors Conjunto Dance, the kickoff event to the 31st annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio, is a free event for seniors featuring a different conjunto each year.

Juan Tejeda, founder and music coordinator of the festival that showcases new and old styles of conjunto music, said the dance pays tribute to seniors.  Read the entire article here: ConexiónSA | a mySA.com blog.


Tejano Conjunto Festival mixes old, new

As the Guadalupe Cultural Art Center‘s Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio celebrates its 31st incarnation, it does so by balancing the ways of the old guard with those who are searching for new directions.

Festival co-founder and organizer Juan Tejeda wouldn’t have it any other way…

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