When I was six or seven years old, Santa Claus brought my father an accordion for Christmas. He took it up in earnest, practicing long into the night. After he gave up trying to get better (which was quickly), he continued playing for a while, primarily out of a desire to irritate his family. Don’t get me wrong, the accordion can produce beautiful sounds, and in the right hands, it can do amazing things. In the wrong hands, it can sound like an abattoir.
What does this have to do with anything? Well, Conjunto Los Pochos is playing the Coffee Gallery this Friday. Like all good conjuntos, they have an accordion player. Of this accordion player, and of accordion players in general, the Coffee Gallery has the following to say:
Is it possible to be unhappy when there’s an accordion in the room? We think not but come see Conjunto Los Pochos and find out for yourselves (and feel free to leave the Xanax at home).
While it is quite possible to be unhappy when there’s an accordion in the room, chances are that Conjunto Los Pochos is another story altogether, a much happier one. They’re not exactly your traditional Tex-Mex ensemble. They play conjunto music, yes, but tinged with blues and country. The two cofounders met at CalArts. They’ve since added a Grammy-winner and a mariachi prince, and the four of them have been playing all over Los Angeles for thirteen years. They also do polka. We’ll be leaving the Xanax at home for this one.
Conjunto Los Pochos
Friday, Mary 27th, 8 p.m.
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena
$18; coffeegallery.com; 626.798.6236