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
― Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 14 March 2003 20:08 (eighteen years ago) link
― Amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 14 March 2003 20:12 (eighteen years ago) link
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
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
― curmudgeon, Monday, 16 August 2010 00:48 (ten years ago) link
Here's another obit with a youtube video
― 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
― curmudgeon, Wednesday, 9 June 2021 17:25 (two weeks ago) link
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