The Sound & The Fury 

As expected, Louisiana’s Buckwheat Zydeko (forget zydeko; they’re a superb rock ’n’ roll band, period) killed Saturday night at the International Accordion Festival at La Villita. Imagine an in-your-face bulldozer with the precision of a Swiss watch and the energy and fun of James Brown, and you get half of it. Pat: Bring whomever you want for the festival’s 10th anniversary in 2010, but pleeeease: bring back BW. A little earlier, Joel Guzmán and Sarah Fox made their own statement at the Arneson Theatre with a masterful performance that should’ve taught the younger generation how to use conjunto and other Tejano elements in a smart, balanced way that both entertains and challenges. Guzmán and Fox, by the way, were recently nominated for a Latin Grammy in the Best Tejano Album category. The other perennial nominees are Jaime y los Chamacos (who also performed at Arneson), Jimmy González y Grupo Mazz, Avizo, Jay Pérez, and Grupo Vida. Yeah, always the same guys, and anything could happen. But if there is any justice, Guzmán and Fox’s Conjuntazzo should win, hands down. Watch the winners and live performances at the Latin Grammy Awards, 7 p.m. November 5 on Univision (channel 41). — Enrique Lopetegui



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