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Finding The Elusive Bob Dylan In The Heritage Of SA Music 

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Augie And Flaco

Of course, to speak of San Antonio's influence on Bob Dylan and not mention Doug Sahm's captains Augie Meyers and Flaco Jiménez would be downright reckless. On organ and accordion, this pairing was the essence of authenticity Dylan looked for in musicians.

"I think what's most important to recognize is how the other guys affected Dylan," said Patoski, the director of the upcoming doc on Dylan. "Flaco rubs off on everybody. He's a secret weapon. He changed the sound of Nashville, you hear him on Rolling Stones, Buck Owens, Dwight Yoakum."

On his inverted key color Vox organ, Augie Meyers transmitted something that simply marveled Dylan. In 1997, Meyers was featured heavily on Time Out of Mind, the Grammy-winning album generally considered to be the best of Dylan's elder statesmen days.

"Augie's my man," Dylan said after recording Time Out of Mind in 1997. "He's like an intellectual who goes fishing using bookworms ... He can bring a song, certainly any one of mine, into the real world. I've loved his playing going all the way back to the Sir Doug days when he was featured and dominant. What makes him so great is that internally speaking, he's the master of syncopation and timing. And this is something that cannot be taught."

In his first SA show since April of 2006, one can only hope that Dylan will bring out Meyers to fish with bookworms, navigate through shipping lanes and solve other riddles. Hopefully, he'll play some organ, too.

Feliz Cumple, Dylan

Apart from his de facto influence on anyone who's picked up a pen and guitar since "Mr. Tambourine Man," there's been a great deal of diffusion from Bob Dylan to San Antonio. In 2002, country musician Bob Livingston started the Bob Dylan Birthday Bash in San Antonio. On May 22 that year, musicians of all genres gathered to celebrate the great American bard, with funds going to the Children's Hospital of San Antonio.

Named after Dylan's '83 album Infidels, Michael Martin and his band were favorites of the mini-fest. "We were Bob Dylan freaks," Martin told the Current. The rules were you had to play Bob Dylan songs."

Though it's now defunct, the Dylan bash was held in Casbeers at the Church, a puro San Antonio spot that shuttered in 2011. But that Tex-Mex onda that Dylan first fell for in 1965 is alive and well.

"We've joined generica in so many ways, but I still think we've got more roots musically then most anywhere else in the United States," said Patoski, who's from Wimberley.

Case in point: anyone can go check out a legend's brother playing live while chatting up the neighborhood butcher.

"You wanna see something cool? Go down to Carnitas Uruapan on Sunday mornings and you can hear Flaco's brother, Santiago Jimenez. He plays at a meat market for free three hours. That's the real shit you might recommend that Dylan go stop by and see before he gets out of town, if he's still looking for the soul of America."

Bob Dylan

Sold out ($91-$641 at stubhub.com), 8pm Thu, May 7, The Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333, majesticempire.com

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