Norteño y conjunto: search and destroy.

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You know, that accordion-based stuff with the busy polka-esque bass lines and infectious shuffling drum fills, blasting out of every taqueria in any major American city.

I heard a lot of the more traditional-minded conjunto while working at the Folklife Festival in D.C. a few years back, but what's going on now? Who's hip?

Many stores in neighborhood have these garish concert posters featuring smiling norteño stars in ten-gallon hats. It looks like a lot of fun and I want to be in on it.

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 14 March 2003 20:07 (eighteen years ago) link

I mean, Los Tigres del Norte, yeah, but what else?

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 14 March 2003 20:08 (eighteen years ago) link

Do not read if you hate accordions.

Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 14 March 2003 20:12 (eighteen years ago) link

haha. i've been meaning to start a thread about the stigma attached to Mexican music. like why is it that the second any of my friends hear an accordian, a dude going 'AyyyYayYA!!!' and a polka beat, they all freak out?

some of my reasons:
1) polka is kinda ick.
2) the slower stuff is just so damn slow & sappy. i don't think i've ever heard a song that didn't have "corazon" in the lyrics

a bunch of the mexican resaurants in town have guys who come in w/guitars and sing, and it's actually really interesting. the guitar players are damn good and the vocal harmonies are really pretty.

JasonD (JasonD), Friday, 14 March 2003 20:44 (eighteen years ago) link

seven years pass...

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/Accordion_legend_Esteban_Jordan_dies_100675064.html

Esteban “Steve” Jordan, the mercurial conjunto accordion legend and pioneer,
died Friday night at a friend’s home.
Jordan, 71, died of complications from liver cancer.

He slipped into a coma Thursday. He was unresponsive all day Friday,
according to hospice caregivers.

Azeneth Dominguez, Jordan’s former girlfriend and owner of Saluté
International Bar, was with him at the end.

“It was his time,” Dominguez said. “He looked so peaceful at the end. He
died old-school style.”

Funeral arrangements are pending, but will be handled by Castillo Funeral
Homes at 520 N. General McMullen Drive.

On Wednesday, Jordan took a turn for the worse, according to Dominguez.

“He was not afraid,” she said of the man known as the Jimi Hendrix of the
accordion. “He was one of a kind. He was really all about heart, and all
about the music.”

Here's a related thread:

OK, I'LL start it: Rolling Banda/Duranguense/Narcocorrido/Flashy Matching Suits Regional Mexican Thread 2009

curmudgeon, Saturday, 14 August 2010 17:19 (ten years ago) link

I used to play Jordan's records on my college radio station. I think I missed his DC area gig way back when at the Tornado Alley. He might have been to the Smithsonian Folklife Fest also, but I'm not sure.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 15 August 2010 17:21 (ten years ago) link

bump

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 August 2010 00:48 (ten years ago) link

Here's another obit with a youtube video

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postmortem/2010/08/esteban-steve-jordan-virtuoso.html

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 August 2010 00:52 (ten years ago) link

Any Esteban Jordan fans here today?

curmudgeon, Monday, 16 August 2010 17:37 (ten years ago) link

I guess not.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 17 August 2010 00:05 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...

Had this been a non-pandemic year, Christopher Ramirez and Ashly Nicole Molina would have been in Austin on a recent Saturday afternoon. As two of the four finalists for the sixteen-and-under conjunto category in the Big Squeeze—the annual competition of Texas’s best young accordion players—they would’ve played live at the Lone Star Plaza in front of the Bullock Texas State History Museum

Middle school & high school kids respectively

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 17:28 (two weeks ago) link


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