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Hill Top Cafe Benefit Concerts for Josh Baca of Los Texmaniacs

From the inbox:

Our friend, Josh Baca of Los Texmaniacs, lost his home to a house fire on New Year’s Eve. His family of seven was able to escape, but lost all of their possessions when their San Antonio rent house burned to the ground in a matter of minutes. The Baca family did not have renters insurance.

Our network of family, friends, and musicians are pulling together in an effort to raise money for this wonderful family. Hill Top Cafe will be sponsoring two evenings of music and relief efforts: Wednesday, February 21st and Saturday, February 24th.

Hill Top Cafe 10661 US-87
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (830) – 997-8922

Some of Texas’s most revered artists (Marcia Ball, Johnny Nicholas), along with rising songwriters (Kelley Mickwee, Jaimee Harris) will be joining forces to raise funds and hope for the Baca family.

Hill Top Cafe will be serving a four course meal during the benefit shows, and will host a raffle. $100 per person / Lone Star Dining Room, $50 per person / Cavern Dining Room.

All proceeds will go to the Baca family in order to help them rebuild and recover.

Additional benefit concerts will be held in San Antonio and Austin.

Artists that will be participating at the various benefits to be held at Hill Top Café, Austin & San Antonio include:

  • Johnny Nicholas & Hell Bent
  • Bill Kirchen
  • Marcia Ball
  • The Delinquents’ from Lafayette Louisiana (Swing & Cajun)
  • Los Texmaniacs
  • Kelley Mickwee
  • Jaimee Harris

For those of you who are unable to attend, but would still like to help, you may purchase raffle tickets or make a donation directly to the family.

Please contact Kayla at Hill Top Cafe for more information. (830) 997-8922reservation@hilltopcafe.com


Let’s Help Josh Baca of Los Texmaniacs

Max Baca, Stace, Josh Baca

One of my favorite Tex-Mex bands is the Grammy-winning Los Texmaniacs, fronted by Max Baca and featuring his nephew Josh Baca on the accordion.

I try to catch their shows every time they come to Houston, and I’ve enjoyed reviewing their concerts and albums. They’re a bunch of great guys and accomplished musicians.

This past holiday, Josh Baca and his family lost everything when they suffered through a home fire. They escaped only with the clothes on their backs–and we all know it’s been pretty cold.

A GoFundMe was created to help the family get back to basics as they get back on their feet. Many in the Tex-Mex music community have done their part. No doubt, Josh will work even harder to get back to where they were. Let’s all do our part and help a great musician and purveyor of our cultura.

DC Reviews: Los Cenzontles ~ Carta Jugada

Get back to your roots, gente!

And with Carta Jugada, Los Cenzontles have given us a good way to do that.

Joining up with Los Texmaniacs and Flaco Jimenez, Los Cenzontles (a nahuatl word for mockingbird) have given us an amazing album of standards backed up by some amazing accordion, bajo sexto, guitar, tough bass lines and drums. Simple and to the point.

But it’s the voices of Fabiola Trujillo and Lucina Rodriguez that power this album from start to finish. Starting with the old vals Que Sacrificio and bolero Libro Abierto, backed up by Flaco Jimenez, one gets a good feeling about where this album is going. Throw in another Flaco backed ranchera in the classic Hermosimo Lucero and the title track vals and one knows this is a special album.

While Flaco Jimenez is the foremost ambassador of the accordion, one cannot but place Texmaniac Josh Baca close to the top of that list of premier squeezebox players. And his abilities are evident in my favorite tune on the album, La Traicionera, along with the dexterous bajo playing of his Tio Max Baca.

If one is looking for a huapango, one will find it on this album. Lucina and Eugene Rodriguez provide the vocals on Los Juiles, which includes some amazing rhythms and bajo/guitar playing. The corrido, Nomas Las Mujeres Quedan, is a tune about dueling ranch dynasties and about the women who are left. Finally, the closing tune is another favorite sung by Fabiola and Lucina, the beautiful bolero Una Pagina Mas, about a woman ready to leave the past to move forward in love and life.

The album is up at the different online sites. Get your copy now from Amazon or their Online Store.

About Los Cenzontles

Los Cenzontles is a band, a nonprofit organization, a music academy, a community space for youth and families, and a hub for Latino artists – all working together to amplify our Mexican roots here in the Bay Area and beyond.

We produce original music, videos, and educational tools. We teach classes to hundreds of local youth in traditional Mexican music, dance, and arts and crafts. We host many popular community events throughout the year.

Locally, we are a second home for many families and we are a long-standing leader in the Mexican roots revival here in the United States.

Make a contribution to this organization today.