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Virtual Book Reading and Discussion: Craig Harris, Crossing Borders: My Journey in Music, Max Baca

May 2, 2021

3 pm (MST)

Live via Zoom. Register HERE

Max Baca’s music grew out of the harsh life of the borderland, and the duality of borderland music—its keening beauty—remains a recurring theme in everything he does. Craig Harris and Baca have collaborated on this book which tells the story of Max Baca’s extraordinary career.

Free community event

Born and raised in Albuquerque, Baca founded the conjunto band, Los Texmaniacs, in 1997, which incorporated elements from genres such as rock and roll and jazz while still honoring the roots of conjunto tejano. Combine a hefty helping of Tex Mex conjunto, simmer with several parts Texas rock, add a daring dash of well-cured blues, and R&B riffs, and you’ve cooked up the tasty TexManiacs groove. Baca is a legend on the bajo sexto, a twelve string guitar-like instrument, which customarily provides rhythm accompaniment for the button accordion, thus creating the core of the conjunto sound. Baca has appeared on national television programs such as Conan O’ Brien, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Austin City Limits. He has also participated on ten Grammy winning projects including the double-platinum CD for the Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge (Virgin 96). Craig Harris is host of The Craig Harris Show on Fridays 10 PM at Bluegrass Country Foundation DC Radio

Presented by Bookworks, the National Hispanic Cultural Center, and UNM Press

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