Sunday, Aug. 4, Conjunto comes to Antone’s! Texas Folklife will be celebrating the release of its Accordion Kings and Queens Live! CD, which features performances by legendary accordionists from a variety of genres, including Flaco Jimenez, Mingo Saldivar, and others. Also featured on the CD are the two groups scheduled to perform: Los Morales Boyz and Los Texmaniacs.
Los Morales Boyz are a young family conjunto from Dallas, led by 2011 Big Squeeze Contest champion Nachito Morales. His brothers Rudy (bajo sexto) and Cheque (drums) do a great job of backing him up and keeping the beat. Also playing bass for Los Morales Boyz is this year’s Big Squeeze winner, Michael Ramos. Los Morales Boyz are making waves throughout the Conjunto world, and just released their first CD, Conjunto Nunca Muere!
Los Texmaniacs, founded by bajo sexto master Max Baca, are known for playing hardcore Conjunto, but also adding a little something from other genres as well. Their albums with Smithsonian Folkways have not only been extraordinarily successful, but have also helped add Conjunto to the map of uniquely American roots music. Borders and Bailes, an album full of traditional Conjunto favorites, took home the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Tejano Album.
Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. Every year, they present the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest, with young accordionists from various genres and from all parts of Texas competing for the top prize.
Long story short: Conditions are perfect for a squeezebox jam session of epic proportions, along with a glimpse at the future of Conjunto. It’s great to see such a legendary Austin music venue embrace some of the purest Texas music out there as well.
Antone’s is located at 2015 E. Riverside, just south of Riverside off of Burton Drive. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 pre-sale available online here or $7 at the door. All ages are welcome. Follow the Facebook event here.