Saturday, April 13, conjunto will reign supreme once again at the Moose Lodge in East Austin with Conjunto Baraja de Oro and Conjunto Los Pinkys. It will be another night of accordions, bajo sextos, polkas, and good old-fashioned Texas roots music at the East Austin dancehall.
Conjunto Baraja de Oro, a red-hot conjunto from Midlothian, Texas, returns after making their Austin debut at the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival back in February. The group, which includes husband and wife duo Mario and Betty Barajas, is taking the conjunto (and Tejano) world by storm, boasting multiple Tejano Music Award nominations, high-quality songwriting and recordings, and a loyal army of fans. Their albums include La Marca and American Dream.
Also on the bill is Austin’s very own Conjunto Los Pinkys. Legendary accordionists Chencho Flores and Isidro Samilpa have both performed in Austin for over a half century, beginning their careers back when East 6th Street was known as Cantina Row. Along with bandleader Bradley Jaye Williams on bajo quinto, and the rhythm section of Javier Cruz on bass and Clemencia Zapata on drums and percussion, Los Pinkys never disappoint and always keep the dancefloor full. Lately, the group has made great strides for conjunto in the Austin live music scene with their regular Sunday night residency at the White Horse and official showcase performance at this year’s South by Southwest Music Festival.
Long story short: It’s hard to beat conjunto music at the Moose Lodge. A big dancefloor, friendly atmosphere, and wood paneling provide the perfect backdrop for this classic Texas music performed by two groups playing at the top of their game.
The Moose Lodge is located at 2103 E.M. Franklin Avenue, north of MLK and east of Airport Boulevard in East Austin. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 presale, available at Estrada’s Cleaners (2618 E 7th St), Turntable Records (1903 S 1st St), and online at ranchoalegretexas.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. View the Facebook event here.