Tejano Conjunto Festival
Some well-known performers of tejano conjunto music have disappeared from the stage, and the airwaves but their legends, memories, and sometimes even their sound, live on in their children or in younger generations who follow their footsteps.
Two outstanding voices of tejano conjunto music were posthumously inducted into the Tejano Conjunto Hall of Fame in San Antonio, Texas, which celebrates those that have left an indelible mark on this tradition. The two inductees posthumously recognized this year were super star singer Emilio Navaira, and Radio Bilingüe’s own Alma Garza, who for thirty years shared the best of border accordion music with public radio listeners nationwide through Radio Bilingüe’s Onda Tejana program. Zaidee Stavely prepared this profile of these two voices that are recorded forever in the history of Tejano Music.
This year, two veteran maestros were inducted into the Tejano Conjunto Hall of Fame: the legendary accordionist Felipe Pérez of Corpus Christi, and the renowned singer-songwriter Samuel Ramos of the Rio Grande Valley. Zaidee Stavely profiles these new inductees.
Although Tejano Conjunto music and its most distinctive instrument, the accordion, have long been dominated by men, many women are changing the face and the sound of this genre. Zaidee Stavely reports on some of the female artists that are making their mark on this popular border music genre.
For three days, San Antonio, Texas, became the capital of “Tejano Conjunto” music, with performances by some 30 accordion groups. Rubén Tapia prepared this feature report about the history and some of the most outstanding moments of this 37-year-old festival.
THURSDAY, MAY 31 PROGRAM # 8349 12:00 PM PT Tejano Conjunto Festival. This program offers special coverage from San Antonio from the Tejano Conjunto Festival, where the accordion is king. The program captures emblematic segments of music from the festival and conversations with outstanding performers. This program includes conversations with the founder of the festival, […]
THURSDAY, MAY 17 PROGRAM # 8331 12:00 PM PT Conjunto Hall of Famers. On the eve of this year’s edition of the traditional Tejano Conjunto Festival three-day concert in San Antonio, cultural leaders are honoring legends of Tex-Mex music by inducting them into the Conjunto Hall of Fame at San Antonio’s historic Guadalupe Theater. This […]
THURSDAY, MAY 10 PROGRAM # 8326 12:00 PM PT Tejano Conjunto Festival. Every Spring, for the past 37 years, some of the most popular Conjunto bands gather in San Antonio for a week-long celebration of the accordion-driven musical traditions of the Texas/Mexico border region. In this year’s edition next week, legendary accordionists Eva Ybarra and […]
This special coverage from San Antonio, hosted by Samuel Rodriguez, features live music by Frankie Caballero and Boyz. The program starts with an interview with the leader of the band, Frankie Caballero, as well as interviews with diverse festival-goers, new and long-time fans.
This hour of special coverage includes a liverconcert by Veronique Medrano y su Puro Party Band from Rosedale Park, as well as interviews with Joaquín Rivera of Conjunto Prestigio, poster contest winner Ramiro Andrade, and festivalgoers.