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Just a few weeks ago, Chris Rybak (left) began playing with Santiago Jimenez Jr. (right). They both play the accordion, but they come from different traditions. Rybak is Czech and Santiago Jimenez Jr. is a three time Grammy award winning Tejano accordionist, the son of conjunto legend Santiago Jimenez Sr. and brother to Flaco. Chris and Santiago tore it up in La Grange, Texas, creating a new kind of music they have dubbed Czech Mex. The crowd was roaring when they played Viva Seguin, a song written by Santiago’s father.

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