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The May 2019 Election – Results

Santa Fe, TX

The biggest news from Saturday’s election is that a good friend and associate of mine will be joining the Santa Fe, TX City Council. Fidencio Leija, Jr. won his race for Place 4, defeating an incumbent in grand fashion.

Leija, a native of Santa Fe, returned home to start a family and an insurance business. Known for his commitment to community during his time in Houston, Leija immediately became involved in his Santa Fe community serving on various committees and associations. It was obvious that he’d be a good fit on the City Council and the voters responded quite well to his campaign.

Congrats to my friend and fellow Texas State Bobcat, Fidencio, and his family. I know he will be a voice for the betterment of the community.

Pasadena, TX

Kudos to Cody Ray Wheeler on his re-election to City Council District E for the City of Pasadena. He fended off a challenger while campaigning to continue being a voice of reason on the Council. Also, police officer Ornaldo Ybarra returned to the City Council defeating the incumbent. Unfortunately, Steve Halvorson’s challenge fell short, but he ran a great race. Sammy Casados was unopposed in his race for re-election.

Cy-Fair ISD Bond

Since I spend a lot of time in that part of the county, I must say that I’m happy the bond passed with over 70% of the vote. Cy-Fair is one of those fast-growth districts that needs the space. In other school news, Conroe ISD, another one of those fast-growth districts, voted down their bond to add much needed space. Cy-Fair was smart. Conroe, not so much.

San Antonio and Dallas

Looks like there will be run-offs for Mayor in SA and Dallas.

In SA, it’s Mayor Ron Niremberg who was forced into a run-off after falling just short of being re-elected. The race is a contentious one in which a lot of mud has been thrown at Mayor Ron.

In Dallas, it’s State Rep. Eric Johnson who will be in a run-off for the open seat with Scott Griggs. I’m rooting for Rep. Johnson.

Local elections are for positions and boards in which the most important decisions are made. Houston is headed toward November already and there will be some contentious races. Read the facts, instead of the rhetoric, before clicking “cast vote.”

March 14-17: Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair 2019

The Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) is hosting its annual Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair at San Antonio’s Market Square. The 4-day event attracts over 100,000 Tejano Music aficionados from across the US and around the globe to enjoy the sounds of over 200 bands on various stages throughout the Square. The event is free.

Along with concerts, food, drink, and vendor booths, fans will also get the chance to meet their favorite musicians at autograph sessions.

The Tejano Music Awards continues to shine each year by producing the largest Tejano Music events in the country. Scheduled to perform this year Michael Salgado, Elida Reyna y Avante, Shelly Lares, Stefani Montiel, Hometown Boys, Isabel Marie, Sunny Sauceda, Fama,La Calma, David Farias, Eddie Gonzalez, Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers, Joe Bravo, Avizo, Rio Jordan, Da Krazy Pimpz, Boni Mauricio, Bajo Sexto, Los Garcias Brothers, Massore Erick y Su Grupo Massore, Augustine Ramirez , Massore, Cindy Ramos, Baraja De Oro, Monterrey Project, Tony “Tigre” Saenz, Veronica & The Puro Party Jam, Ernestine Romero,  Stevie D & The All-Star Cast , JR Gomez y Los Conjunto Bandits, JT y Sus Criminalez, Magali De La Rosa, Masizzo, Grupo Vida, Tejano Roze y La Nueva Sensacion, Stampede and many more.

For more information and the official schedule, visit the Tejano Music Awards website. And enjoy your stay at the Capital of Tejano Music.

Julian Castro Begins 2020 Campaign From SAs West Side

Thousands of supporters were welcomed by live mariachi music and were sent off with Selena’s music over the loudspeakers at a powerful kick-off for the  presidential campaign of Texas son and former Obama HUD Secretary Julian Castro.

In making his announcement, Castro listed a progressive platform which included Medicare for All, Green New Deal, fixing the immigration system (no wall and yes to family reunification), jobs creation, supporting early education and workforce education, justice/bail reform, and equality and equity. Offering the exact opposite of Trump and the Republicans, Castro set a high bar for the rest of the coming field of Democrats.

As a Texas Mexican, along with many fellow Texas Mexicans, I can say we’ve been waiting a long time for a Chicano candidate with South Texas roots. Given his appointment to the Obama administration and his trajectory in politics, I didn’t know what to expect from his announcement, but I’m glad that, thus far, he seems to be running on his own platform and not one created for him by some moderate think tank.

That said, there is no doubt he will have naysayers; however, those saying he’s too young/too inexperienced have now switched gears to finger pointing on one  particular thing Castro was in charge of while he was running President Obama’s Department of Housing and Urban Development–dismissing a housing lawsuit against the City of Dallas. One must ask these particular naysayers, though:  Where does the buck stop in the Obama administration?

One other issue that will get some attention is where Castro lands on the issue of the PROMESA bill, which created a US-appointed and unelected oversight board for Puerto Rico, a process to restructure debt (bankruptcy) in Puerto Rico, and placed austerity measures on Puerto Rico, thus, cutting its public service budget. With the US in charge of this, public services could easily be privatized, while its budget would be reallocated to pay debt. After a destructive hurricane, the future of Puerto Rico is at stake, and those more interested in protecting creditors and creating wealth for millionaires, rather than protecting and serving the people, could only make things worse.

NOTE:  Lots of Democrats were on their way to Puerto Rico to discuss the latest on this, while also catching a show by PROMESA supporter, Lin-Manuel Miranda. I believe Julian Castro is included on the guest list and his brother, Congressman Joaquin Castro voted for PROMESA, despite opposition from the people of Puerto Rico and his colleague Congressman Luis Gutierrez (Puerto Rican).

Offering up such a progressive campaign platform, Castro shouldn’t be promising great things for America, while sticking a fork in Puerto Rico’s future. I hope that Castro (both of them) will come to their senses on Puerto Rico and call for reform of PROMESA.

Otherwise, Julian has the best platform I’ve seen from a candidate at this level in a long time. His speech delivery and the energy he received in return is something I hadn’t seen in a long time. I’ve been a fan of the Castros and I identify with their struggle, as do many Chicanos. For all candidates, though, if you run on struggle, it still must match up with policies.

As attacks on Julian Castro will escalate, we will be hearing more about other 2020 prospects. Whether it’s Kamala Harris’ jailing of poor moms because of their kid’s truancy; Klobuchar’s selling out on border wall; Joe Biden being, well,  Joe Biden; and the list will go on, Democrats will get to choose among candidates who have some bad marks. I just want to say ahead of time that criticism should not be thrown only at Julian Castro.

Thus far, given the names announced and talked about, and consideration of bad/good points of these prospects, Julian Castro remains at the top of my list. For Castro, wins in Nevada, California, and Texas would be huge, and my friends in those states are already excited about him.

Still, 2019 is just as important and we must vote in local elections, too.

 

Check Out Little Joe’s San Antonio [VIDEO]

The title track of Little Joe y La Familia’s recent album San Antonio has been offered up as a music video for the masses, thanks to Lupe Moya and LM Media Solutions. What is a gift to the city from the Grammy winning Chicano icon is a horn-heavy ballad dedicated to the various attractions and the welcoming spirit of San Antonio. San Antonio’s multicultural atmosphere is known worldwide and Little Joe catches it all in the tune and the video. The rest of the album is pretty awesome, too. Check it out:

TMA Fan Fair ’18 in SA This Weekend

From the inbox:

#tejanomusicawards2018 Media Alert #tmafanfair2018 #sa300               

Monday, March 12, 2018                                                                                      

TEJANO MUSIC AWARDS FAN FAIR 2018 

Set for March 15, 16, 17, 18, 2018 at Historic Market Square San Antonio

Celebrating Over 21 years of showcasing Tejano Music Bands from Across the U.S.A and the World!

Four Days of  FREE Non-Stop Tejano Music 

CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE

Over 200 Tejano Bands from Across the U.S.A & Mexico

TMA FAN FAIR 2018 WEEKEND, THURSDAY-SUNDAY, MARCH 15-18, 2018 AT MARKET SQUARE:

WHAT:  Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair 2018: Four days of FREE live Tejano music on five stages

WHEN:  FREE ADMISSION; 12 Noon – 11:30 pm, ThursdaySunday, March 15-18, 2018

WHERE: Historic Market Square in downtown San Antonio, Texas

VISUALS: Live Performances, autograph sessions for fans and an estimated crowd of 95,000

CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE

KICK-OFF CEREMONY ON THURSDAY, MARCH 15:  Members of the working media are invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon in Market Square during which a City Councilman will present a proclamation from the City of San Antonio.  TTMA officials and Tejano artists will be available for interviews.

SAN ANTONIO, TX (03-12-2018) – Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) presents the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair 2018. Set for March 15-18, 2018. (ThursdaySunday). Thousands of Tejano Music Fans from across the country will travel to Historic Market Square in Downtown San Antonio for the Tejano Music event of the year.

The four-day event  runs from 12:00 noon to 11:00pm each night and will showcase over 200 bands from across the U.S. to include Arizona, California, Colorado, Michigan, New Mexico, Florida and of course Texas. The TMA Fan Fair draws over 95,000 die-hard fans each year and offers an up close and personal atmosphere with live music on five stages featuring emerging acts and top established performers as well as surprise guest performances.

There will be a variety of foods and beverages at this family oriented event as well as crafts booth selling t-shirts, caps various items and face painting for the kids. Fans will get exclusive access to their favorite artists participating in the special autograph sessions featuring, Ram Herrera, Andres Salgado, Miss Reina Latina San Antonio Sydney Gonzalez and Miss Reina Latina San Antonio Teen Giselle Gomez scheduled during the four days of TMA Fan Fair.

The Tejano Music Awards continues to shine each year by producing the largest Tejano Music events in the country. Scheduled to perform this year Michael Salgado, Jay Perez, Stefani Montiel, Los Palominos, Hometown Boys, Ricardo Castillon Y La Diferenzia, Isabel Marie, Ben Ozuna, Sunny Sauceda, Fama, DJ Kane, La Calma, David Farias, Eddie Gonzalez, Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers, Joe Bravo, Patsy Torres, Avizo, Conjunto Romo, Adalberto, Rio Jordan, Stephanie Lynn, Da Krazy Pimpz, Boni Mauricio, Bajo Zero, Los Garcias Brothers, Bad Boyz De Valle, Massore Erick y Su Grupo Massore, Carlos y Los Cachorros , Pio Trevino , Xelencia, Augustine Ramirez , Massore, Joe Posada, Angel Gonzalez y Vimana and many more.

CLICK HERE FOR SCHEDULE

San Antonio the “Tejano Music Capital of the World”, will host the 38th Annual Tejano Music Awards Show for Fall of 2018.

For the latest information on Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair 2018 and performance schedule please visit the official website  at www.tejanomusicawards.comSchedule is subject to change.

Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair 2018 Sponsors : Budweiser, Hermes, MetroPCS, 7up, Squirt, WellMed, RDS Marketing

Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair 2018 Media Sponsors : KEDA 99.9FM San Antonio, La Prensa San Antonio,

Magic 106.5 FM Lubbock, Q99FM San Angelo, Z93FM Laredo, Star 106.3 FM Abilene, La Pistolera 95.1 FM Rio Grande, Tejano 1600 AM Arizona, Bnet Radio, Tejano Nation

Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote professional excellence; a better understanding and greater appreciation for Tejano music; and to provide a public forum for songwriters, performs and musicians in order to recognize their artistic efforts and achievements through the annual Tejano Music Awards and related events. TTMA is based in San Antonio, Texas.

 

San Antonio Joins SB4 Lawsuit; Still Waiting on Houston

The Rivard Report reported that San Antonio’s City Council instructed the city’s legal team to join the sb4 lawsuit against Greg Abbott and the State of Texas in the hopes of striking down Senate Bill 4–a law that allows for racial profiling by local law enforcement for the purposes of immigration enforcement. San Antonio joins other Texas cities in taking on the State.

San Antonio City Council instructed the City attorney to pursue litigation against Senate Bill 4, the State’s controversial immigration law also known as the “sanctuary cities” law.

[…]

The decision was made on May 25 during executive session, a meeting not open to the public. Similar lawsuits to block the law have been filed by Austin, El Paso CountyMaverick County along the U.S.-Mexico border, and the city of El Cenizo south of Laredo.

If only Houston had a City Council empowered to make such decisions; however, Houston has a “strong mayor” form of goverment in which the Mayor decides what is on the City Council agenda, or, what kinds of legal maneuvering can be done by the City’s legal team which he appoints. Of course, such a form of government doesn’t preclude members of Council from speaking up to the Mayor.

So, we’ll keep waiting on whatever analysis and decisions are made on SB4 locally. I guess.

2016 Tejano Conjunto Fest Schedule

tcflogoMy FB friend, Juan Tejeda, the long-time organizer of the Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio, posted the schedule for this year’s fest to be held May 11 – 15, 2016 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and at Rosedale Park. I know I’m making plans to be there for some of the festivities! Here you go:

Below is the complete schedule and musical line-up for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s 35th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2016 which will take place from May 11-15 at the historic Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park. Hope to see you in San Antonio for the landmark 35th Annual, and por favor spread the palabra and schedule to your familia and friends. Gracias.

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
35th Annual
Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2016
Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, May 11/Guadalupe Theatre/10am-12noon/Free

Free Seniors Conjunto Dance
Bene Medina y el Conjunto Águila (San Antonio)

Thursday, May 12/Guadalupe Theatre/6-9:30pm/$25-$10*

San Antonio Premiere of Conjunto Blues

6-7pm Reception
7pm Conjunto Blues
Conjunto Blues is the newest theatrical/musical/multi-media performance piece by San Antonio-based musician and theater artist, Nicolás Valdez. Through live music, poetry, teatro and documentary video footage, Conjunto Blues explores the historical and social conditions that led to the creation and development of Conjunto as an original American musical ensemble and style of music, as well as an expression of cultural resistance and liberation.

8:15pm Live concert & dance with Los Nahuatlatos

Friday, May 13/Rosedale Park/5:30pm-12am/$15 per person**

5:30pm Opening Ceremonies/Poster Contest Exhibit & Awards

Hecho en Tejas: Puro Conjunto Pesado

6pm Acero (San Antonio)
7pm Santiago Garza y La Naturaleza (Jourdanton)
8pm Los Clavos del Wesso (San Antonio)
9pm The Hometown Boys (Lubbock)
10pm Los García Bros. (Eagle Pass)
11pm Jaime y Los Chamacos (Houston)

Saturday, May 14/Rosedale Park/12pm-12am/$15 per person**

Hecho en Tejas: Puro Conjunto Pesado

12noon Conjunto Student Showcase:
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Conjunto Heritage Taller
Houston Accordion Performers
Southside High School Conjunto Cardenales
Los Fresnos High School Conjunto Halcón
Palmview High School Conjunto La Tradición
La Joya High School Conjunto Los Diamantes
Palo Alto College Conjunto Palo Alto
3pm Conteño (Brownsville)
4pm Conjunto Deltaboyz (Elsa)
5pm Los Nuevos Chachos de Jesse Gómez (Mission)
6pm Los Badd Boyz del Valle (Edcouch)
7pm Los Tremendos V (Corpus Christi)
8pm Lázaro Pérez y su Conjunto (Bishop)
9pm Los Monarcas de Pete y Mario Díaz (Houston)
10pm Los Fantasmas del Valle (Mercedes)
11pm Boni Mauricio y Los Máximos (Corpus Christi)

Sunday, May 15/Rosedale Park/1-10pm/$12 per person**

Hecho en Tejas: Puro Conjunto Pesado

1pm Conjunto Cats (Seguin)
2pm Conjunto Baraja de Oro (Dallas)
3pm Bernardo y sus Compadres (Laredo)
4pm Eva Ybarra y su Conjunto (San Antonio)
5pm Dwayne Verheyden (Montford, Netherlands)
6pm Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca (San Antonio)
7pm Flaco Jiménez y su Conjunto (San Antonio)
8pm Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers (Alice)
9pm Roberto Pulido y Los Clásicos (Edinburg)

Saturday, May 14/Guadalupe Theatre/10am-12noon/$45

Accordion Tuning, Maintenance & Repair Workshop
Tim Schofield, Hohner Accordion Repair and Parts Supervisor,
will teach you how to tune the reeds of your accordion and
maintain it in tip-top playing shape. Accordion tuning kits
will be available for purchase.

For workshop registration & info, call 210.271.3151.

* Conjunto Blues & Los Nahuatlatos Concert/Dance
$25 per person: Includes admission price, first-tier floor table seating, free reception with light food, two free drinks, and TCF program magazine. Tables of 4 available.
$20 per person: Includes admission price, second and third-tier table seating, free reception with light food, one free drink, and TCF program magazine. Tables of 8 available.
$10 per person: Includes admission price, fourth-tier single chair seating and TCF program magazine.

** 3-Day (Friday-Sunday) Rosedale All-Events Pass
$37 GCAC Members
$40 Non-Members

For tickets & info, 210.271.3151
www.guadalupeculturalarts.org

The Guadalupe Theater is located at 1301 Guadalupe St.
and Rosedale Park is at 340 Dartmouth in San Antonio, Texas.

Line-Up for 33rd Tejano Conjunto Fest is Announced

My FB friend, Juan Tejeda, posted the tentative schedule today. As always, it is full schedule of activities, education, and entertainment. Among the “huge” names are The Texas Tornados, who perform for the very first time at the Fest. Also, accordion genius Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox, Los Texmaniacs, and Dwayne Verheyden–and that’s just the first night! Check out the schedule, attend all the activities, and enjoy! (Poster is from 2010)

GUADALUPE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
33rd ANNUAL
TEJANO CONJUNTO FESTIVAL EN SAN ANTONIO 2014
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 14/Guadalupe Theater/10am-12pm/Free for Seniors

“Free Seniors Conjunto Dance”

10am-12pm Eva Ybarra y su Conjunto

Friday, May 16/Rosedale Park/6pm-12am/$15

“Conjunto Crossover”

6-6:30pm Opening Ceremonies/Poster Contest Awards
6:30-7:15pm The Texas Sweethearts (Weslaco)
7:30-8pm Miguel A. Pérez del Conjunto San Antonio (Spain)
8-8:40pm Dwayne Verheyden (Montford, Netherlands)
8:40-9:30pm Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca (San Antonio)
9:45-10:40pm Joel Guzmán Sarah Fox y Conjuntazzo (Austin)
11-12pm The Texas Tornados (Austin/San Antonio)

Saturday, May 17/Rosedale Park/12pm-12am/$15

“Puro Conjunto Pesado: Hecho en Tejas”

Conjunto Student Showcase
12-2pm Conjunto Juan Seguín/Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguín *
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center * Conjunto Heritage
Taller * Estrellas de Acordeón/Houston Accordion
Performers * La Joya Independent School District *
Conjunto Palo Alto/Palo Alto College

Austin Conjunto Showcase
2-2:50pm Conjunto Los Pinkys featuring Isidro Samilpa
& Chencho Flores (Austin)
3-3:50pm Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia (Austin)
Special Presentation by Lala Garza
4-4:50pm Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto (Austin)
5-5:50pm The Conjunto Kings de Flavio Longoria (San Antonio)
6-6:50pm Conjunto Los Leones de Alberto Solís (Laredo)
7-7:50pm La Naturaleza de Santiago Garza (San Antonio)
8-8:50pm Lázaro Pérez y su Conjunto (Kingsville)
9-9:50pm Los Monarcas de Pete y Mario Díaz (Houston)
10-10:55pm Los García Bros. (Eagle Pass)
11-12pm Los Dos Gilbertos (Edinburg)

Sunday, May 18/Rosedale Park/1-10pm/$15

“Puro Conjunto Pesado: Hecho en Tejas”

1-1:50pm Fruty Villarreal y Los Mavericks (La Feria)
2-2:50pm Conjunto Senzzible (Houston)
3-3:50pm Da Krazy Pimps (Eagle Pass)
4-4:50pm Randy García y Conjunto Estrella (Corpus Christi)
5-5:50pm Tejano Boys (Harlingen)
Special Presentation by Peter Anzaldúa (Brownsville)
6-6:50pm Conjunto Romo (Kyle)
7-7:50pm Bernardo y sus Compadres (Baytown/Laredo)
8-8:50pm Los Fantasmas del Valle (Mercedes)
9-10pm Boni Mauricio y Los Máximos (Corpus Christi)

WORKSHOPS

Saturday, May 17/Guadalupe Theatre/9-10:30am/$45

“Accordion Tuning, Maintenance & Repair Workshop”

Tim Schofield, Hohner Accordion Repair and Parts Supervisor,
will teach you how to tune the reeds of your accordion and
maintain it in tip-top playing shape. Accordion tuning kits
will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 17/Guadalupe Theatre/10:30am-12:30pm/$45 each

“Button Accordion & Bajo Sexto Workshops”

Master Button Accordion and Bajo Sexto maestros, and Grammy
Award-winning recording artists, Joel Guzmán and Max Baca, will
conduct this concurrent two-hour workshop. Basic accordion and
bajo sexto playing techniques and chords/scales will be explored,
along with the accompaniment of different conjunto rhythms. The
two separate workshops will come together at the end for an
impromptu performance and conjunto jam.

For workshops registration, call 210.271.3151.

* 3-Day Rosedale All-Events Pass
$35 GCAC Members
$40 Non-Members
For info, 210.271.3151
www.guadalupeculturalarts.org

Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair Weekend in March!

I’ll let the good folks from the Texas Talent Musicians Association tell you all about it.

SAN ANONIO, TX (01-15-2013) – Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) presents the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair 2013. Set for March 14-17, 2013, thousands of Tejano Music Fans from across the country will travel to Historic Market Square in Downtown San Antonio for the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair 2013.

The four-day event will showcase over 125 bands from across the U.S.A to include Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Utah and Illinois. The TMA Fan Fair draws over 90,000 die-hard fans each year. The Fan Fair offers an up close and personal atmosphere with live music on five stages featuring emerging acts to top veteran performers.

The family oriented event offers plenty of traditional food, beverage and vendor booths and Tejano Music merchandise. Fans will get exclusive access to their favorite artists participating in the special autograph sessions scheduled during the four days of Fan Fair.

The Tejano Music Awards continues to shine each year by producing one of the largest Tejano Music events in the country. Performing this year Michael Salgado, Gary Hobbs, Ruido Anejo, Jaime y los Chamacos, Los Hermanos Farias, Los Palominos, David Marez, Hometown Boys, Ricardo Castillon Y La Diferenzia , AJ Castillo, Monica Castro, Ricky Valenz, Jessica Sanchez and Tejano Highway 281 more artists to be announced.

San Antonio “Tejano Capital of the World”, will host the 33rd Annual Tejano Music Awards Show for early fall of 2013.

For the latest information on 33rd Tejano Music Awards and TMA Fan Fair 2013 performance schedule and hotel information please visit www.tejanomusicawards.com.

 

Texas Talent Musicians Association (TTMA) is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote professional excellence; a better understanding and greater appreciation for Tejano music; and to provide a public forum for songwriters, performs and musicians in order to recognize their artistic efforts and achievements through the annual Tejano Music Awards and related events. TTMA is based in San Antonio, Texas.