I’m not even sure now, what year it was we went to San Antonio. Maybe it was 2015? The occasion was the International Accordion Festival. Our flight got canceled so we got into town a bit late, and when we finally found the festival, the music was already happening. Santiago Jimenez (yep, Flaco’s brother) was on stage working magic with his squeezebox, and our pals Candy and Stagg were already on the dance floor.
That was quite a time. We heard the amazing Yuri Yunakov, performing Bulgarian wedding music, and Yves Lambert et le Bébert Orchestra, representing Quebec. There was some Indigenous Chicken Scratch Music, and also a fab party band called Los Texmaniacs. There was as much accordion music as I freak like me could digest. Last I heard, the International Accordion Festival was ancient history. Too bad.