Lucha Libre

The other day my 5 year old asked me if he could watch WWE Monday Night Raw. He is a big time wrestling fanatic (especially of John Cena). It is funny because I don’t let him watch wrestling on TV, but it just took one night when we had friends over and their little boys brought a wrestling DVD…he was hooked after that. I remember in my house lucha libre was a family event – not that we wrestled each other, but that we would watch it on our black and white TV. Black Gorman, Mil Mascaras, Victor Rivera, Andre the Giant, and Chavo Guerrero were some of the names I remembered back then. In my jr. high and high school years, it was Bruiser Brody, Scott Casey, Gino Hernandez, Tully Blanchard all from Southwest Championship wrestling. Those were the days. Now I think wrestling has gotten too “adult” for kids to watch – or maybe I am taking my fatherly role too seriously, lol. So when he asked me, I kind of ignored the question and he soon forgot about it anyway. I prefer Youtube to see the greatest wrestlers of all time. Maybe for Halloween I will dress up like Mil Mascaras! The luchador gimmick has already be taken by the Conjunto “Los Enmascarados”, from San Antonio, they have been doing that for years. Yes, lucha libre is part of my culture!  Makes me feel like watching “Nacho Libre” again.  Anyways, here is a toast to a part of my up bringing: gathering around as a family, filled with warmth and love, as my mom screams: “¡Pégale Sonso!”

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Sun block

Recently we played at a festival here in San Antonio.  I knew things were going to be bad when I saw that the stage was facing the sun.  Sure enough as soon as we started we began losing the shade we had on stage.  I was ready to call it quits because I was worried that the sun was going to ruin the reeds on my accordion.  The reeds on the accordion are held in place by wax.  Wax and sun do not mix.  We kept moving back to try to stay in the shade, until we had our backs to the rear of the portable stage.  Needless to say, there was no escaping the South Texas sun.  Luckily my accordions turned out ok, but I feel people should take more consideration when asking bands to perform for them; especially outdoors!  Stay cool.

Flaco Jimenez

We recently played at the Market Square here in San Antonio and had the pleasure of talking with conjunto music legend Flaco Jimenez.  It was nice to talk with him.  What was cool is when my compadre Juan started asking him questions about his early recordings, and they started singing some of those old songs together!  You could tell Flaco was getting a kick out of reminescing about some of the other legends in conjunto like Andres Berlanga, Fred Zimmerle, and others.  It was really the highlight of the whole night.  It’s moments like these that make me appreciate what we have here in San Antonio and in our culture, hope we never forget!

The Conjunto Network

I need to thank my compadre Jesús Ramirez for introducing me to ning.com.  Since we launched the “Conjunto is Life” social network it has taken off!  Thanks to all the participants!  Also, I need to apologize to Javier Galvan of Fama.  I banned him from the network.  Actually there was some technical glitch that caused me to have to do that – Yes I know Fama is not normally associated with Conjunto, but I have to remind everyone (I give them props for this) in one of their early hits they used Eddie Lalo Torres on the squeezebox!  Eddie Lalo is an awesome accordion player from San Antonio his brother is El Pavo Grande from Los Pavo Reales (La Reina es el Rey, Me Dicen el Borrachito, etc).  That was probably the only time Eddie Lalo was heard on Tejano radio all thanks to Javier Galvan y Grupo Fama.  Maybe Javier can put it on his player so we can all remember.  Thanks y Viva Conjunto!

Hurricane Ike

Just wanted to remind everyone to pray for all the victims of this hurricane.  I have family in Houston.  There are also a few friends that are in different conjuntos from Houston.  Hope all are safe.

Genaro Aguilar, Conjunto is Life series

Here are some pictures from the Conjunto is Life series on August 28th.  It was a lot of fun, hope more of you can join us for the next one!  More info coming…

A message from El Gallista, Joe Lopez

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Se puso Buena la cosa el Sabado “Una Noche de Taquache”. What a remarkable night it was at Gallista, Los Polka Dawgs Dance Club, toda La palomilla conocida, y la musica it was better then I ever anticipated. The atmosphere was unbelievable everyone was there to have a good time and they did believe me they did Y se portaron bien, gracias a todos. Nombre se aventaron “Los Padrinos” puro conjunto compa and their version of Los Tequileros was fantastic! I love that song because it reminds me of the “Puro Gallo” fight Cirilo Martinez, Bonifacio Lopez and I had con Los Hwyners.  Puro Gallo