Friday, May 05, 2006

Flaco Jimenez- Que Lo Sepa El Mundo

Flaco has moved on.

Flaco Jimenez will perform in my town Saturday night. I've seen the conjunto star in a variety of settings, but by far the most memorable was at Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas. The night I attended seemed to be as much a beer drinking contest as it was a polka party. The spilled beer was half an inch deep in sections of the cavernous hall. In the middle of his headlining set, "Polka King" Jimmy Sturr asked Jimenez to join him on stage. It was a challenge, because Flaco had seemingly been soaking in the atmosphere. Yet once the music started, Jimenez fell into his usual virtuosity. It was a brilliant collaboration between giants of European and Mexican polka.

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