Texas Folklife presents Los Texmaniacs at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage and Library of Congress on 9/11/2013.
Los Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality. Their versatility has led them to perform at The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, The International Accordion Festival, The Kennedy Center, The Governor of Texas Ball, and many major festivals overseas in countries such as Germany, Holland, and Spain. Founder Max Baca is a renowned innovator on the bajo sexto, a twelve string guitar-like instrument, which customarily provides rhythm accompaniment for the button accordion, creating the core of the Texas conjunto sound. Los Texmaniacs is a product of Baca’s wide-ranging experience touring and recording with his father's family conjunto, Flaco Jimenenz, the original Texas Tornados, Los Super Seven, and even the Rolling Stones. His travels have included tours to Iraq, Bosnia, Afghanistan, and Kosovo to entertain American troops. He has appeared on national television programs such as Conan O' Brien, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Austin City Limits, and has been featured in several documentaries, including Songs of the Homeland, American Roots Music, and Latin Music USA. Max has participated on ten Grammy-winning projects, including the double-platinum CD for the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge. In 2009 Los TexManiacs won a Grammy Award for their album Borders Y Bailes, released on Smithsonian Folkways.