Conjunto Blues was a wonderful success!!
Over 250 people were in attendance. The packed house left standing-room only! (Sorry to those who hesitated to purchase pre-sale tickets) Much gratitude to everyone who made this evening something truly special.
Adam Tutor of the Rivard Report had this to say… [Read The Full Article HERE]
“Valdez embodies a masterful candor as a performer, seamlessly transitioning between characters and time periods, owning each spirit so naturally, reflecting his having lived alongside the legends he emulates. The hundreds of people filling the room are caught on the edge of his every word, woven in between flurries of Spanish storytelling bits of English emerge for emphasis and the spirit of San Antonio is captured poetically.
Valdez emerges from the stage in his third outfit of the night, “My name is Valerio Longoria and I have been dead for 15 years!” Audience members shout “Salud!” as he pours the tequila into a shot glass and raises it up, a poignant homage to the accordion legend who taught him, and more than 2,000 others, the art of the accordion.
“The accordion is a very emotional instrument,” he says. “But you’re not really going to learn until you have your heart broken.” And with that Valdez straps on the accordion, and he and accompaniment Robert Casillas break away into a moonlit night of lost lovers, the sentimental and somber side of an oft rambunctious instrument.”