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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Blend of tradition, innovation is key

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.

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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 blog.

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.

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Boni Jordan to pay tribute to his brother

Ten years ago today, Bonifacio “Boni” Jordan was taking his bows with his brother Esteban “Steve” Jordan at Rosedale Park.

“El Parche” had just made his triumphant return to the Tejano Conjunto Festival.

The accordion genius had boycotted the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center‘s music fest for five years. But that night, the original Los Hermanos Jordan were living it up, arriving in a white limousine to play for more than 4,000 fans.

That year, the festival celebrated the life of Valerio Longoria. On Friday, organizers will be paying tribute to Steve Jordan, who died Aug. 13.

And Boni Jordan will be there – again.

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The Music Beat: Boni Jordan to pay tribute – San Antonio Express-News.

Five Best Music Cities in America

The 2nd city mentioned is San Antonio TX!  For what reason?  Conjunto music baby!  Puro Bajo Sexto y Acordeón!  The only problem is the picture they use for the article…they use a picture of the International Accordion festival, with a guy playing the PIANO accordion!  WHAT? Again, someone forgot to do the research, this reminds me of the SA Current cover a few months back, announcing the death of accordion great Steve Jordan, I wrote about it here.  Anyways it is nice for San Anto to be recognized in this article I just wish they would have used a Conjunto musician playing a button accordion.  Here is one…because San Antonio IS CONJUNTO!

We need to educate!

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