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"Conjunto Meets Country Western" 

When: Tue., Feb. 21, 6:30 p.m. 2017
Price: Free
Falling in an unusual middle ground between unsung and celebrated, old-school and progressive, local treasure Eva Ybarra picked up her first accordion at the age of 4 and was playing conjunto professionally by the ripe old age of 6. “I asked my mom to play the radio [and] that’s how I learned — no instructors, no nothing,” Ybarra told us in 2015. Although numerous obstacles complicated her path to success in a male-dominated genre, Ybarra persevered and eventually landed record deals, festival appearances and performances that run the gamut from early gigs in Texas dance halls to a New York Times-covered collaboration with the offbeat string quartet Ethel in 2008. The subject of local theater director Joel Settles’ production La Reina del Acordeón, Ybarra performs her signature blend of “progressive conjunto” fairly sporadically in San Antonio, which makes her forthcoming appearance at the Briscoe even more of a priority. Held in conjunction with the museum’s new Sounds of the West: Music Salon Series, the free program promises an intimate, genre-blending performance from the lovable firecracker Texas Monthly once dubbed “Conjunto’s Main Squeeze.”


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