SAN ANTONIO – Tejano superstar Ram Herrera and Conjunto legends Mingo Saldivar and Flaco Jimenez will be among the headliners at the 25th Annual Tejano/Conjunto Festival to be presented by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center May 10-May 14 at Rosedale Park.
In addition to many popular Texas-based acts, three out-of-state bands will take the stage during the festival: Juan Chapa of Azusa, California; Grupo Xpresión of Lakin, Kansas; and Los Cuatro Vientos de Jimmy Bejarano of Freemont, Ohio.
Kicking off the five-day event on Wednesday, May 10, 6-9 p.m., will be a fundraising “mixer” at the Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe Street, featuring the sounds of Juan Tejeda y Conjunto Aztlan.
Following is the full performance schedule for the festival:
Thursday, May 11, Rosedale Park: Gates open at 6 p.m. Henry Zimmerle (6:30-7:45 p.m.); Los dos Gilbertos (8-9:15 p.m.) and the Hometown Boys (9:30-10:45 p.m.).
Friday, May 12, Rosedale Park: Gates open at 6 p.m. Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto (6-7:15 p.m.); Mingo Saldivar y Los Tremendos Cuatro Espadas
(7:30-8:45 p.m.); Joel Guzman y Los Aztecs with Special Guest Sarah Fox (9-10:15 p.m.) and Ram Herrera (10:30-11:45 p.m.).
Saturday, May 13, Rosedale Park: Gates open at 10 a.m. Guadalupe Students (11-11:45 a.m.); Los Cuatro Aces (noon to 1:15 p.m.); Juan Chapa
(1:30-2:45 p.m.); Grupo Xpreción (3-4:15 p.m.); Los Cuatro Vientos de Jimmy Bejarano (4:30-5:45 p.m.); Santiago Jimenez Jr. (6-7:15 p.m.); Linda Escobar y Su Conjunto (7:30-8:45 p.m.); Ruben Vela y Conjunto (9-10:15 p.m.); and Los Texmaniacs (10:30-11:45 p.m.).
Sunday, May 14, Rosedale Park: Gates open at noon. Angel Flores (12:30-1:30 p.m.); Chano Cadena (2-3:15 p.m.); Flaco Jimenez (3:30-4:45 p.m.).
The five-day celebration of music and culture has become a major annual event in the Alamo City and draws visitors from across the country, Mexico and overseas. In addition to showcasing these unique music forms, the festival also includes a wide variety of cultural and educational activities for people of all ages, along with food booths, games, dancing and more.
Festival tickets are $7.50 and a four-day "Festival Pass" is available for $25. Tickets and passes can be purchased in advance by credit card and purchased for cash at the gate during the event.
Call 210-271-3151, extension 15, for credit card orders and more festival information.
About the Music
Conjunto music began more than 100 years ago when the native Mexican population living in South Texas and northern Mexico adopted the lively button accordion from the German settlers, and combined it with the Spanish guitar, or bajo sexto (a 12-string bass guitar). Conjunto musicians mixed European rhythms such as polkas and waltzes with indigenous Mexican musical forms, creating a highly stylized form of music.
Eventually, the Conjunto sound became influenced by American big bands of the 1930s and 1940s, creating a new music form known as Orquesta Tejana, which featured horns, saxophones, trumpets, pianos and guitars. Conjunto and Orquesta Tejana continued to evolve parallel to each other until the mid-1970s, when the two merged into what we now know as Tejano, a highly danceable music featuring colorful light shows, pyrotechnics, smoke machines and flashy outfits. It is one of the fastest growing segments in the music business. San Antonio has emerged as a capital for both Conjunto and Tejano.
About the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is one of the premier cultural and educational jewels of San Antonio. Since its founding in 1980, it has created and carried out unique programming that reaches tens of thousands of people annually and has earned a national reputation for celebrating and preserving th