Guesting at Grupo Fantasma’s recent Austin City Limits taping, the younger Baca plays off Texas Tornado Flaco Jiménez in the second of KUTX’s three free outdoor pachangas, 6-9pm.
Forecast calls for triple-digit heat, but dueling squeezeboxes fan all flames.10/19/13 @ Fiesta Gardens Día de los Muertos Lanky, grinning skeletons with smirking sugar skulls symbolize November’s Día de los Muertos, the ancient celebration of loved ones in the afterlife.
Easter Seals of Central Texas’ inaugural Día de los Muertos Festival thus bursts with art, food, and hopefully barrels of marigolds.
It also doubles as a celebration of Tejano giant Little Joe Hernandez’s 73rd birthday.
Though his goatee’s grayed, he’s the same emphatic performer from Nixon, still cupping the microphone and emitting wails of pure emotion.
Born March 1939, son of squeezebox great Don Santiago Jimenez, and older brother of equally respected genre mainstay Santiago Jimenez, Jr., “King of the Accordion” Flaco Jimenez is the closest thing South Texas Conjunto music has to a goodwill ambassador.
Since he began playing professionally at the tender age of 15, with the group Los Caporales, Jimenez has been all over the world, spreading the word about Conjunto and Tex-Mex music.
During the 1960s, after establishing himself as a unique accordion stylist, Jimenez teamed up with founding Sir Douglas Quintet member Doug Sahm, played with Bob Dylan, and traveled the world as a part of Ry Cooder’s band.
His contributions to Cooder’s , released in 1976, secured his reputation as a new voice on the accordion.
Over the next 30 years, Jimenez performed all over the world, including at the White House, and won numerable Grammy Awards, both as a solo artist and with Tex-Mex supergroups the Texas Tornados – a band that featured Freddy Fender, Augie Meyers, and his old friend Sahm – and Los Super Seven, a who’s who gathering of Mexican-American musicians, including David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos, Joe Ely, Rick Trevino, Ruben Ramos, and fellow Texas Tornado Freddy Fender.
All in all, Jimenez has won five Grammy awards during his 40-year career.
Now almost 70 years old, Jimenez stills tours the world with his band, records albums, and appears in television commercials.
– Josh Rosenblatt 07/15/16 @ Bullock Texas State History Museum Music Under the Star: Los Texmaniacs & Flaco Jiménez Grammy-winning Tejano act Los Texmaniacs shucks to the strum of bajo sexto bandleader Max Baca, but his nephew, accordionist Josh Baca, takes center stage on the Bullock plaza come TGIF.