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Air Jordan

By Gilbert Garcia

Last night offered a glimpse of the kind of vibrant gathering place that Main Plaza could become, with a little luck and the right coaxing. In celebration of the first anniversary of Main Plaza Conservancy, accordion titans Esteban Jordan and Flaco Jimenez played back-to-back sets in front of the largest crowd I've ever seen at Main Plaza.

Watching the brilliant Jordan in strong form after battling liver cancer was a particular thrill, and his enthusiastically received set reminded us that, like most of the greats, he exists in a parallel universe where no musical boundaries exist. He delivered "Georgia On My Mind" as a bilingual, Tejano ballad, turned Blood Sweat & Tears' "Spinning Wheel" into a conjunto dance number, and consistently hit the Chicano-soul spot, with lush doo-wop harmonies and his jazzy, unpredictable squeezebox runs.

If Main Plaza can build on that kind of momentum, the next year could be much livelier than the first.     

Posted by gilgamesh470 on 4/20/2009 5:59:08 PM
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