Antone's & Austin Friends of Traditional Music Present:
Charles Thibodeaux & the Cajun Aces
2015 East Riverside
Austin, TX, 78741
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sarah Rucker, Program & Events Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org; (512) 441-9255
TEXAS FOLKLIFE AND ANTONE’S NIGHT CLUB PRESENT
“ACCORDION KINGS & QUEENS LIVE!” CD RELEASE PARTY SUNDAY AUGUST 4
Show features Los Texmaniacs and accordion champions Los Morales Boyz
Austin, Texas - July 25, 2013 - Texas Folklife announces the release party for “Accordion Kings & Queens
Live!” CD on Sunday, August 4
award-winning Los Texmaniacs and state-wide up and coming accordion champions, Los Morales Boyz
will open the show.
This action-packed 14 track CD captures the energy and excitement of Texas Folklife’s annual Accordion
Kings & Queens concert in Houston, TX. The disc includes Grammy Award winners Los Texmaniacs, Flaco
Jimenez, and Mingo Saldivar as well as Houston zydeco queen Dora & Her Zydeco Entourage and polka
stars The Ennis Czech Boys. The Big Squeeze accordion contestants are also featured including 2011
winner Nachito Morales and Michael Ramos who was just crowned Big Squeeze champion this year.
Both Morales and Ramos will perform August 4 in their conjunto band, Los Morales Boyz from Dallas.
Accordion Kings and Queens is a cornerstone program of Texas Folklife which features accordionbased Texas traditional music – conjunto, Tejano, Norteño, Cajun, zydeco, polka, and country western.
Each year 6,000 accordion-loving music fans gather at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston the first
Saturday of June to enjoy the best sampling of this Texas music. The historic SugarHill Recording Studios
captured the magic of the performance by recording onsite at the 23
award-winning engineers went on to mix and master our Accordion Kings & Queens Live! CD.
“We are very proud to partner with Antone’s Night Club in hosting our release party immediately
following the club’s 38
Folklife and former research assistant to the late Clifford Antone. “Antone’s is known worldwide for its
promotion of American roots music so we’re excited to present this uniquely Texan music at this venue.
Please join us at Austin’s Home of the Blues on August 4 to celebrate the release of our first live concert
Doors open at 6 PM and show starts at 7 PM. Cover charge is $7.00 or $5.00 for Texas Folklife members.
Pre-sale tickets available at www.antonesnightclub.com. All ages are welcome! CDs will be for sale and
bands will be available for autographs.
at Antone’s Night Club in Austin. The evening will feature Grammy
anniversary,” says Sarah Rucker, Program and Events Manager for Texas
More about Los Texmaniacs: Los Texmaniacs present only the best in musical fare. Founded by Max
Baca, the Texmaniacs are a product of his wide-ranging experience touring and recording with everyone
from his father's family conjunto to the Rolling Stones. Los Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest
ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary
vitality. Texmaniacs versatility has led them to performances such as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival,
Kennedy Center, Governor of Texas Ball and many festivals in countries such as Germany, Holland, and
Spain. They have two Smithsonian Folkways recordings, the most recent being 2012’s “Texas Towns and
Tex-Mex Sounds.” www.texmaniacs.com
Los Texmaniacs Facebook page
More about Los Morales Boyz: Breaking onto the conjunto scene in 2012, this group of under 18 yearolds is comprised of three brothers and a close family friend from Dallas. Lead singer and accordionist
Nachito Morales (17) attends the prestigious Booker T. Washington School for the Performing Arts and
won Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze state-wide youth accordion contest in 2011. Younger brother Rudy (12)
plays bajo sexto, while eight year-old brother Cheque plays drums. Michael Ramos (17) plays electric
bass but is also the 2013 reigning Big Squeeze champion! The Boyz recently won the Young Conjunto of
the Year Award at the South Texas Conjunto Association Awards. They released their first CD “Conjunto
Nunca Muere” this year.
Los Morales Boyz Facebook page
About Texas Folklife:
Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the
diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. For more than 25 years, Texas Folklife has
honored the authentic cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance
in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences. It
is located in Austin, Texas, in the SoCo neighborhood—one of the city’s vibrant commercial and arts
Texas Folklife Facebook page
Charles Thibodeaux & the Cajun Aces
Charles was raised in a traditional Cajun family household in Beaumont, Texas. His parents were Church Point, Louisiana natives and for their wedding celebration and dance, Iry LeJeune provided the entertainment. His parents spoke French around the house when they didn’t want the kids to understand what they were saying but the kids understood it anyway.
Charles’s late cousin, Joe Thibodeaux, owned the Rodair Club in Port Acres Texas. During his youth, he visited the legendary club on a regular basis and was influenced to play the Cajun accordion by watching Andrew Cormier and The Rambling Aces band which included Rodney LeJeune, Dallas Roy and many other famous Cajun musicians.
At age 16, a friend gave him a used accordion that had a couple of keys missing. It had tape over the holes and reeds that wouldn’t play. After saving up his money, he bought an inexpensive Hohner but got side tracked away from his music for many years. While visiting an uncle in Church Point in the early 90’s, Charles mentioned that he was shopping for an accordion. His uncle walked him through the pasture, and over to the house next door and Charles bought a Pointe Noir in the key of C from the famous accordion builder, Dick Richard. He also plays 2 Martin accordions in the keys of D and B flat.
Charles formed a traditional Cajun Band in the Spring of 2004 for a group of Mardi Gras enthusiasts and they have since, thrilled audiences throughout the State of Texas and they continue to Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler—Let the Good Times Roll in Austin!
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