Posted: June 19, 2012 Filed under: Conjunto music | Tags: bajo sexto, Conjunto music, macias, mexican american, tejano, tex-mex
The man who defined the modern bajo sexto was the great Mexican American luthier Martin Macias from San Antonio, Texas, whose instruments are much sought after by bajo players today. The Macias family is still going strong with George Macias now following in the footsteps of his grandfather Martin and his father Albert.
At the start of this project, I didn’t know much about the bajo sexto and I wanted to get my hands on an old Macias to see how they were made. My friend Steve James, one of the finest proponents and practitioners of American fingerstyle guitar, knew Don Martin Macias in San Antonio, used to hang out at the shop and has acquired a couple Macias instruments over the years. Steve graciously loaned me a late 1950’s bajo quinto to use as a reference. (A bajo quinto is bascially a 10-string version of a bajo sexto.)
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Posted: June 16, 2012 Filed under: Conjunto music | Tags: accordion, bajo sexto, chicano, chicano art, conjunto, Conjunto music, flaco jimenez, los padrinos, max baca, santiago jimenez, squeezebox, steve jordan, tejano, tex-mex
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 Jimenez, Max 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.
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/Salute-celebrates-bittersweet-25th-3630540.php#ixzz1xyQ84QMD
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 17, 2012 Filed under: Conjunto music | Tags: accordion, bajo sexto, conjunto, Conjunto music, juan tejeda, mexican american, squeezebox, tejano, tex-mex, texas
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.
Posted: May 10, 2012 Filed under: Conjunto music | Tags: accordion, bajo sexto, conjunto, Conjunto music, flaco jimenez, los padrinos, mexican american, ruben naranjo, ruben vela, santiago jimenez, squeezebox, steve jordan, tejano conjunto festival, tex-mex
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…
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/entertainment/article/Tejano-Conjunto-Festival-mixes-old-new-3545787.php#ixzz1uUMXyyuG