[5/6] Preview: Los Texmaniacs at The Long Center Concert Club in Rollins Studio Theatre


Los Texmaniacs will perform at The Long Center Concert Club in the Rollins Studio Theatre on Wednesday. Courtesy photo from The Long Center.

Wednesday, May 6, Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs are bringing conjunto to The Long Center as part of The Long Center Concert Club series. These days, it’s pretty rare for any Tejano or conjunto artist to play a venue like this here in Austin, so when Max and the guys take the stage, the audience is sure to get an earful of their unique brand of this homegrown accordion-driven Texas music.

Founded by bajo sexto master Max Baca, Los Texmaniacs are known for playing hardcore conjunto, while adding a little something from other genres as well. Their albums with Smithsonian Folkways have not only been extraordinarily successful, but have also helped illuminate conjunto’s place on 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. Since joining the group last year, Josh Baca has done a fantastic job taking over squeezebox duties from accordion wizard David Farias.

The group’s latest album, Americano Groove, is produced by Los Lobos’ Steve Berlin and will be available at the end of May.

Long story short: This intimate Austin show is kind of a preview of Friday’s star-studded record release shindig at San Antonio’s Alamo Beer Company, which will feature such names as Augie Meyers, Rick Treviño, David Hidalgo, and of course, Flaco Jimenez. That said, the Austin audience could reasonably expect some surprise appearances by producer Berlin, Treviño and others associated with the tour.

The Rollins Studio Theater is located in The Long Center at the southwest corner of Riverside and South First Street, just across the river from downtown. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., tickets start at $35 and all ages are welcome. More information is available and tickets are for sale on The Long Center website.

Piper LeMoine

Piper LeMoine manages all things technical, promotional, and creative at Austin's own Rancho Alegre Radio, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Tejano and Conjunto music. She also co-hosts Rancho Alegre, playing Tejano and Conjunto music every Monday from 9-10 a.m. on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin and online at koop.org.

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