San Antonio

American Routes Shortcuts: Max Baca

Sep 11, 2020
Max Baca
American Routes

Max Baca grew up in New Mexico, playing in his dad’s band from age eight. After mastering bass and accordion, he picked up the bajo sexto, a Mexican twelve-string instrument featured in Tejano music. Max Baca Sr. took regular trips to Texas to introduce his sons to the conjunto scene, pioneered by his favorite accordion player, Narciso Martínez. Brothers Max Jr. and Jimmy channeled the San Antonio sound in forming their own band, Los Hermanos Baca. The Bacas were playing cantinas around New Mexico when Max got the call inviting him to tour with the Texas Tornados.

All Things New Orleans: March 15, 2018

Mar 16, 2018
The Idea Village

On this week's edition of All Things New Orleans, we'll discuss the upcoming New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW) with Executive Producer, Victoria Adams Phipps. The 10 year anniversary of NOEW will be celebrated while leveraging the theme: Connect in a City Like No Other

And guess what? Another U.S. city is celebrating their Tricentennial this year as well! Megan Lagrone joins us to talk all things San Antonio

Sunny and the Sunliners
American Routes

In 1959, a group of San Antonio Chicano teenagers formed Sunny and the Sunliners, led by Sunny Ozuna. They called it the Highway 90 sound in reference to the stretch of asphalt connecting New Orleans to their hometown. Playing record hops, the Sunliners wore matching suits and pomaded hair like their R&B idols, but they crooned, sometimes in Spanish, with a distinctively Mexican-American take. The Sunliners took that Highway 90 sound all the way to American Bandstand, East LA, and the migrant Chicano communities nationwide. 

Sunny and the Sunliners
American Routes

Each week, American Routes brings you Shortcuts, a sneak peak at our upcoming show. This week, we hung out with members of San Antonio’s Sunny and the Sunliners.