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While most people might associate “dance music” with throbbing electronic beats, for others it brings to mind acts like San Antonio conjunto band Los Texmaniacs, whose bouncy rhythms have been making couples twirl on roadhouse floors for 16 years. Started in 1997 by onetime Texas Tornados member Max Baca—who plays the 12-string, guitar-like bajo sexto—this South Texas unit is known for its Tex-Mex polkas. On its latest effort, Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds, Baca and his combo keep their sound largely traditional with upbeat polkas like “Amor Bonito (Pretty Love),” sappy slow-dance boleros like “Si Quieres Verme Llorar (If You Want to See Me Cry),” and Western standards like “Deep in the Heart of Texas.” This album sounds traditional, but it’s not stodgy. The ranchera “Por Una Mujer Casada (Because of a Married Woman)” moves exuberantly in a way that only could be done by folks schooled in cultures that span both sides of the United States/Mexico border.
Los Teximaniacs perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW. $17. (202) 787-1000. thehamiltondc.com.