Los Texmaniacs

  • conjunto tejano
  • San Antonio, Texas

Emerging from San Antonio’s vibrant music scene, Los Texmaniacs are among the most exciting exponents of conjunto tejano. Melding classic conjunto sounds with rock, blues, and R&B, Los Texmaniacs perform “hip music that everybody in the world can relate to, with the traditional conjunto elements, not ever losing your cultura,” explains bandleader Max Baca.

Born in the Rio Grande Valley, conjunto (“group” in Spanish) emerged in the late 19th century when German, Czech, and Polish immigrants introduced the button accordion into the lively dance music of Mexican working-class communities in southern Texas. By the early 1930s, the modern conjunto style emerged as a distinctive Tex-Mex fusion centered on the accordion and the bajo sexto, a 12-stringed guitar-like instrument contributing a bass line and backbeat.

Los Texmaniacs founder Max Baca is one of the most dynamic bajo sexto players in the world. He started playing music at age five, and was performing with his father’s band at seven. He remains the longtime right-hand man of legendary accordionist Flaco Jimenez, with whom he played in the genre-bending Texas Tornados, before founding Los Texmaniacs in 1997. Today the Grammy-winning band is celebrated globally as ambassadors of Tex-Mex conjunto music and culture.

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