Posted: June 14, 2012 Filed under: Conjunto is Life, Conjunto music | Tags: accordion, bajo sexto, conjunto, Conjunto music, flaco jimenez, fred ojeda, polka, san antonio, tejano, tex-mex
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.
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/article/Flaco-Jimenez-steps-back-in-time-with-duo-s-other-3627938.php#ixzz1xjfEIDyq
Posted: May 17, 2012 Filed under: accordion, Conjunto music | Tags: accordion, conjunto heritage taller, Conjunto music, juan tejeda, juanito Castillo, polka, steve jordan, tejano, tejano conjunto festival, tex-mex, texas
For 23-year-old accordionist Juanito Castillo, traditional conjunto is not even close to being the only type of music he wants to play.
“I like to keep a modern, hip vibe,” says the multi-instrumentalist widely regarded as Esteban “Steve” Jordan’s heir. Castillo will perform Saturday, May 19, at the 31st annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio.
Presented by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the festival showcases conjunto musicians from across the country. This year’s festival, which kicked off May 15, culminates with a three-day series of shows at Rosedale Park.
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/sacultura/conexion/article/Blend-of-tradition-innovation-is-key-3563027.php#ixzz1v9IsPLtO
Posted: May 17, 2012 Filed under: Conjunto music | Tags: accordion, bajo sexto, conjunto, flaco jimenez, juan tejeda, mexican american, polka, san antonio, santiago jimenez, tejano, tejano conjunto festival, tex-mex
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.?
Posted: May 9, 2012 Filed under: Conjunto is Life | Tags: accordion, chicano, chicano art, conjunto, flaco jimenez, polka, squeezebox, steve jordan, tejano, tex-mex
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.
Posted: March 16, 2012 Filed under: Conjunto music | Tags: accordion, bajo sexto, chicano, conjunto, Conjunto music, Eva Ybarra, juan tejeda, polka, san antonio, squeezebox, tejano, tejano conjunto festival
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 mySA.com blog.
Posted: December 2, 2011 Filed under: Conjunto music | Tags: accordion, bajo sexto, conjunto, Conjunto music, polka, squeezebox, tejano, tex-mex, texas, valerio longoria
Posted: November 22, 2011 Filed under: Conjunto is Life | Tags: accordion, bajo sexto, Conjunto is Life, Conjunto music, polka, squeezebox, tejano, tejano conjunto festival, valley
La Joya ISD festival brings conjunto youth, legends together
Guarded by posters of rock and pop legends like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Michael Jackson, a group of young men from Palmview High School worked on perfecting the sounds of their region that holds strong routes throughout South Texas and Mexico since the 19th century.
“It has a good beat to dance to, to listen to,” said 17-year-old Omar Garza, an accordion player with La Tradicion, PHS’s conjunto group.
Read more here: Progress Times.