Anytime San Antonio accordion boss Flaco Jiménez hits the stage, it's a live-wire cultural and artistic event. His vibrant musicality and dynamism are exhilarating, and his musical head is as formidable as his fabled family's legacy. Both his grandfather and father were critical trailblazers in introducing and perfecting the rollicking Norteño style, but Flaco also came up idolizing the likes of Clifton Chenier, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. A past master of the traditional border conjunto, when fellow San Antonio musician Doug Sahm hired him in 1973 as a studio sideman and encouraged him to expand his range, Jiménez's always unstoppable creativity redoubled. His accordion is as luminous, evocative and irresistible as ever, and whether he's going the strictly old-school route or mixing it up with the still-active Texas Tornados, his shows are always a thrill.
Thu., Aug. 14, 8 p.m., 2014
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