FitzGerald's American Music Festival: Jimmy Lafave, NRBQ, Tributosaurus becomes Tom Petty, Marcia Ball, and others | FitzGerald's | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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FitzGerald's American Music Festival: Jimmy Lafave, NRBQ, Tributosaurus becomes Tom Petty, Marcia Ball, and others 

When: Sat., July 6, 1:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $30, $25 for patrons arriving between 1 and 2 PM, $5 for children 12 and under, $100 four-day pass
The melting pot of New York City is hardly the only part of the country to play host to cultural collisions, and raucous San Antonio band Los Texmaniacs are a vibrant reminder of the way musical hybridization has happened in Texas. The music of eastern Europeans found common cause with Mexican norteño, so that present-day Tex-Mex (widely considered to belong under the umbrella of conjunto) blurs the lines between polka and norteño; its two-beat rhythms and wheezing accordions blare late into the night at dives all over the state. Los Texmaniacs were founded in 1997 by bajo sexto virtuoso Max Baca after he’d spent a decade working with Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender, Flaco Jimenez, and Augie Myers in the Texas Tornados, and stylistically his quartet maintains a similarly big tent, though conjunto is unquestionably its center pole. To paraphrase his liner notes to last year’s Texas Towns & the Tex-Mex Sound (Smithsonian Folkways), he borrows licks from rock ’n’ roll, jazz, blues, and even metal, but doesn’t overdo it trying to be different—he wants to hang on to his roots. The band’s high-octane medley of the Marty Robbins hit “El Paso” and the Bob Wills standard “San Antonio Rose” incorporates elements of country, with guest vocals from Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson and fiddling from Bobby Flores of the Yellow Rose Band, but more often than not the crossover is more subtle. Like most contemporary conjunto outfits, Los Texmaniacs play cumbias, corridos, and boleros, but their bread and butter is classic Tex-Mex—few working bands tackle it with more brio. Baca is joined by accordionist David Farias, bassist Oscar Garcia, and drummer Lorenzo Martinez, but his rustic paired-string guitar can sound like a veritable symphony all by itself. —Peter Margasak This set is part of FitzGerald’s American Music Festival. Also performing today are Jimmy LaFave, Tributosaurus (as Tom Petty), Cannonball, NRBQ, the Marcia Ball Band, Naomi Ashley, Dolly Varden, Roxy, the Warren Hood Band, Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, the Shams Band, Jeffrey Broussard & the Creole Cowboys, Expo ’76, and Girl Group Chicago. FitzGerald’s, 1:30 PM (Los Texmaniacs play at 6:30 PM)



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