While SXSW will be going strong in Austin, Tejano Music has a festival of its own coming up in the Tejano Music Capital of Texas–San Antonio. March 16 thru 18, Market Square will be filled with Tejano bands, Tejano music lovers, and a lot of fun–the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair.
This year’s lineup includes more than 130 bands on multiple stages and full performance schedules that run from noon to night. An estimated 85,000 fans will travel from Texas and beyond for the Fan Fair experience that includes autograph sessions and access to the artists. Like the fans, many performers hail from around the country, too, including Arizona, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Illinois. In addition to music, the family-friendly Fan Fair offers an array of food and beverage booths and the historic Market Square’s shops and restaurants.
A few years ago, I was making a presentation to a group of students in downtown San Antonio and fell upon the Fan Fair (after the speech, of course) and had a blast. Nonstop entertainment!
And it looks like the entertainment is something special:
TMA Fan Fair performers represent the present and future of Tejano music and here are some acts to catch:· Familiar favorites: Raulito Navaira, Michael Salgado, Shelly Lares, Stefani Montiel, Patsy Torres, Gary Hobbs, Hometown Boys, Grupo Siggno and Los Texmaniacs, David Olivarez, Grupo Rodeo, Avizzo, Jimmy Gonzalez y Super Grupo Mazz, Grupo Carlos y Los Cachorros, Los Garcia Brothers, Da Krazy Pimpz· Promising Newcomers: Vocalists Ricky Valenz of Michigan and Audi y Zentimiento of Colorado, Jessica Baeza of Cailfornia, Kristi Lee of Washington , LariZa from San Antonio· Soloists with New Sounds: Marqell, former lead vocalist for David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, and Cacy Savala, who sang with Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, embark as solo acts· The Next Generation: While they’re young, these performers have years of experience and include Veronica y Avance, Juaquin Cura, K1, Tania Marie, Marisa and Jenne Celine Madrid, Ilyssa Saenz, Monica Castro, Las Fenix, DVA Kidz, Natajja, AT Boyz, La Fuerza