Saturday, Mar. 2 at the Austin Moose Lodge, Rancho Alegre presents another great Conjunto show. “La Reina De Conjunto,” Linda Escobar will be coming to Austin all the way from Corpus Christi, along with the Conjunto Cats from Seguin, for another fantastic evening of down-home Texas Conjunto music with Austin’s own Los Texas Wranglers at the eclectic eastside venue.
Escobar, a native of Alice, Texas, began her career as a child in the 1960s, playing with her father, the legendary Conjunto musician, Eligio Escobar. Since then, she has continued to perform with the genre’s most legendary and beloved performers including Tony De La Rosa, Chano Cadena, and many more, and has recorded numerous albums. Her signature song is “Frijolitos Pintos,” which she recorded as a child.
Austin’s own Los Texas Wranglers will be celebrating the release of their new CD, Mi Canciones, which includes quite a few entirely new original Conjunto songs by bandleader Julian Limón Fernandez. The group, which features veteran musicians and even two female voices, is a hard-working conjunto with a loyal fan base that loves to dance to the group’s unique blend of country and conjunto music. Fernandez has won Austin Music Awards for Best Drummer, Accordionist Mariano “Sonny” Trujillo has won in the Miscellaneous Instruments category, and the group has also won for Best Latin Traditional Band as well.
The Conjunto Cats are an up and coming Conjunto from Seguin beginning to get a following with Conjunto fans in the central Texas. They recently opened for Little Joe y La Familia and also impressed fans at the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival in February. Led by bajo sexto player Art Campos, the Cats have a lot of charisma, play well together, and clearly love what they do.
Long story short: Conjunto, Conjunto, Conjunto. Polkas, rancheras, redovas, cumbias, maybe a few two-stepping curveballs from the Wranglers. Infectious, classic Texas dance music that gets you on the dancefloor.
The Austin Moose Lodge is located at 2103 E.M. Franklin Avenue, east of Airport and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevards in East Austin. Tickets are $12 at the door, or $10 presale, available at Estrada’s Cleaners (2618 E 7th St), Turntable Records (1903 S 1st St), or online at ranchoalegretexas.com. All ages are welcome, and children under 12 are free. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the music starts at 8 p.m. The Facebook event is here.