(7/15) Gala Dance Under the Stars with Los TexManiacs

The 2017 Gala Dance Under the Stars is sponsored by FrieslandCampina Domo.

For each of the last 28 years, the West Kortright Centre has presented one of the world’s great dance bands outdoors on a summer’s night. This year’s Gala Dance Under the Stars will take place on Saturday, July 15, featuring Grammy award-winning Smithsonian Folkways recording artists Los TexManiacs. Most appealing to Americana fans and to true music aficionados, Los TexManiacs’ highly energetic live shows incorporate elements from Texas rock, waltz, and western swing, while still honoring the roots of conjunto tejano–a range of fast-paced polkas (cancion-polca) to slower, Mexican-style country songs (cancion-ranchera).

The ticket booth opens at 6:30PM. The concert starts at 8PM. A Tex-Mex picnic dinner fundraiser will be served from 7-8PM. Picnic dinners must be preordered. (Vegetarian options are available.) The dinner and dance will take place rain or shine. Bring your own lawn seating. Gala dance tickets & picnic dinners can be ordered online, or call (607) 278-5454.

Picnic Dinner Menu:
Chicken Burrito
Carnitas Taco
Mexican Salad
Beans & Rice
Tres Leches Cake

Los TexManiacs was founded in 1997 by Max Baca and is a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with groups from his father’s family conjunto, Flaco Jiménez and the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven, and the Rolling Stones. Baca is a legend on the bajo sexto, a 12-string guitar-like instrument that provides rhythm accompaniment for the button accordion, thus creating the core of the conjunto sound. He displays a musical virtuosity and blistering guitar riff solo style that is now emulated by young bajo players internationally. Baca is credited with turning a traditional folk/roots/conjunto instrument hip again, attracting new, young audiences while maintaining his roots in traditional Tex-Mex. Max’s travels as a life-long musician have resulted in an impressive international touring schedule, including four tours to Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Kosovo to entertain our troops. He has appeared on national television programs with hosts Conan O’ Brien, David Letterman, and Jay Leno, and has been featured in the PBS documentaries “Songs of the Homeland,” “American Roots Music,” and “Latin Music USA.” Max has participated in ten Grammy-winning projects including the Rolling Stones’ double-platinum CD Voodoo Lounge (Virgin, 1996).

Los TexManiacs is Max Baca on bajo sexto, his nephew Josh Baca (button accordion), Noel Hernandez (electric bass), and Lorenzo Martínez (drums). Examples of the band’s past performances include The Kennedy Center, Library of Congress, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and many major festivals overseas. Los TexManiacs have been featured on “A Prairie Home Companion,” and recently joined David Hidalgo of Los Lobos and country music legend Dwight Yoakam on the legendary “Austin City Limits.” Los TexManiacs’ most recent Grammy was earned for Borders y Bailes (Smithsonian Folkways Records, 2009); They have just finished recording another album for Smithsonian Folkways—a thematic commissioned album about immigrants and labor.