Tonight, Aug. 29, conjunto and zydeco collide at the Blue Moon. Austin’s own Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia and San Francisco Bay area phenomenon Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic will come together to celebrate LaLa Garza’s birthday at the south Austin nightclub.
Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia features personnel from Conjunto Los Pinkys, whose Sunday tardeadas at the White Horse have helped Conjunto find a new group of fans: Clemencia Zapata (drums and vocals), Bradley Jaye Williams (bajo quinto, accordion and vocals), and Javier Cruz (bass). The ever-ebullient Susan Torres tears it up on squeezebox and vocals. Aside from being top-notch musicians, the group has a lot of fun on stage and clearly LOVES Conjunto, and loves spreading its gospel to music lovers of all backgrounds. They regularly perform at Little Mexico on Wednesday nights.
Also taking the stage will be Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic, with their irresistible spin on the already infectious accordion-driven tradition from Louisiana. Thierry, a Bay-area native and son of Louisiana transplants, grew up around Zydeco musicians who traveled to the area to perform for fellow expatriates from the deep South who yearned for a taste of home. Entranced by the legendary accordionist Clifton Chenier, young Andre grew into a virtuoso, teaching himself to play a variety of different button and piano-style accordions and ultimately forming his own band. The group was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Regional Roots Music Album in 2012 for their Nothin’ But the Best album.
Long story short: A Squeezebox Blowout indeed! Conjunto and Zydeco are known for getting people on the dance floor. Irresistible accordion melodies with strong rhythms are hard to beat on a Friday night. And there’s no cover charge!
The event is also celebrating a veteran accordionist herself. LaLa Garza was a member of the family conjunto Los Hermanos Garza in the 1960s and was recently honored by the Austin History Center as part of their program celebrating the contributions of Latinas to the Austin music scene.
The Blue Moon is located at 2200 S IH 35 at the northeast corner of Oltorf and I-35, next to Best Western. There is no cover for this event and 21+ welcome. Music is scheduled from 6-11:30 p.m. View the Facebook event page here.
Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia
Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic