[3/2] Preview: Los Texmaniacs at Texas Mist

Saturday, Mar. 2, Los Texmaniacs make their first appearance at Texas Mist. The San Antonio Conjunto powerhouse will offer up enough thumping bajo sexto and hot accordion to keep the dance floor full and the beer flowing all night long.

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.

Baca’s style of bajo sexto builds on the traditional chords and riffs with rock and blues-inspired licks, adding a contemporary twist to many standards and favorites. Aside from frequent collaborations with legendary masters Mingo Saldivar and Flaco Jimenez, Max often jams with the Texas Tornados, and even had the opportunity to record with the Rolling Stones back in the mid ’90s on their Voodoo Lounge album.

Long story short: There will be plenty of polkas, cumbias, and rancheras, with a dash of rock and roll and country spice.

Texas Mist is located at 1115 Bastrop Highway, off the northbound side of Highway 183, just north of Hwy 71, in southeast Austin. The cover charge is $8 before 9 p.m., $10 after 9 p.m. 21+ are welcome.

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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