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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Reunion of accordion icons to honor their father

Juan Tejeda is betting big that the stars have aligned this weekend.

If all goes as planned, the co-founder and producer of the 31st annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio will have pulled off a fantastic coup: the historic reunion of brothers Flaco Jimenez and Santiago Jimenez Jr.

That’s expected at the finale at Rosedale Park on Sunday. Both award-winning musicians are on the bill with separate shows and will (according to Tejeda, Flaco and Santiago) play together at some point to honor their dad.

“It’s going to be history,” said Santiago.


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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.? 


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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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 mySA.com blog.


Busy 2012 for TexManiacs

Max Baca still has miles to go.

The leader of the Grammy-winning Los TexManiacs says 2012 is shaping up to be a great year for the conjunto rock ‘n’ rollers with upcoming gigs in China, a series of dates with Los Lobos (including a Fiesta stint) and a new Smithsonian Folkways album, “Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds.”

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