Friday, May 11, 2012

Tejano Conjunto Festival

From Juan Tejeda:

Camaradas: This is the countdown to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's 31st Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2012 which opens this coming Tuesday, May 15 with the Free Seniors Conjunto Dance featuring the music of The Conjunto Kingz de Flavio Longoria with Rachel Longoria (see attached complete schedule with band names and performance times). This year we have 39 distinct musical presentations with some of the very best bands in Conjunto Music performing, plus a special accordion jam on Sunday with 5-time Grammy Award winner Flaco Jimenez, Santiago Jimenez Jr., Mingo Saldivar, Bene Medina, David Farias, Dwayne Verheyden from Montford, Netherlands, y mas. Plus, for the first time in about 20 years, we're having a New Directions in Conjunto Music Night featuring Grammy nominated La Santa Cecilia from L.A., Pinata Protest, and Nick Gaitan and The Umbrella Man (check out attached Tattoo Boy's poster design). Other highlights of the festival include the Conjunto Music Hall of Fame Dinner & Baile; a special platica and excerpts from the documentary film-in-the-making, Juanito's Lab, about Juanito Castillo, the amazing blind accordionist and multi-instrumentalist from San Antonio; accordion and bajo sexto workshops; conjunto student recitals; food and beverage booths, plenty of dancing and more.

On Saturday, May 19 only, it's KEDA Radio Day (1540 AM). Tell the person at the gate at Rosedale Park that you heard the Conjunto Festival announcement on KEDA and that "Conjunto Love Is Forever," and two people get in for the price of one. Saturday, May 19 only.

We hope you and your familia and friends can join us next week at the 31st Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2012. For ticket information and discounts, go to Por favor, spread the palabra, schedule and posters. Gracias, y nos vemos en el festival. Juan


Tentative Schedule

Tuesday, May 15/Guadalupe Theatre/10am-12pm/Free for Seniors

Seniors Conjunto Dance
Los Conjunto Kingz de Flavio Longoria with Rachel Longoria

Tuesday, May 15/Guadalupe Theatre/7pm/Free Admission
The Making of Juanito’s Lab

Producers/Directors Guillermina Zabala and Enrique Lopetegui discuss the making of Juanito’s Lab, a new documentary film about Juanito Castillo, the 22-year-old blind button accordionist and musical wiz-kid konjunto jazz loko karnal de San Anto. Some footage from the still-in-the-making documentary will be shown.

Wednesday, May 16/Guadalupe Theatre/7-11pm/$10 pre-sale $15 at the door

New Directions in Conjunto Music

7:30 Nick Gaitán and The Umbrella Man (Houston)
8:30 Piñata Protest (San Antonio)
9:30 La Santa Cecilia (Los Ángeles)

Thursday, May 17/Guadalupe Theatre/6:30-10pm/$65 & $100**

Special 31st Annual Gala Celebration Dinner & Baile
Honoring the Inductees into the Conjunto Music Hall of Fame
Best of the 30th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival 2011 CD Release Party

8:15 Rick De la Rosa y Los D Boyz
9:00 Bernardo y sus Compadres

Friday, May 18/Rosedale Park/5:30pm-12am/$15 per person*

5:30 Opening Ceremonies/Poster Contest Exhibit & Awards
Puro Conjunto Pesado: Dos de Houston, Corpitos y el Valle

6:00 La Naturaleza (Jourdanton)
7:00 Los Tremendos Cinco (Corpus Christi)
8:00 Los Monarcas de Pete y Mario Díaz (Houston)
9:00 Los Fantasmas del Valle (Mercedes)
10:00 Boni Mauricio y Los Máximos (Corpus Christi)
11:00 Los Dos Gilbertos (Edinburg)

Saturday, May 19/Rosedale Park/12:30pm-12am/$18 per person*

Puro Conjunto Pesado: Hecho en Tejas

12:30 Student Showcase: Conjunto Juan Seguín/Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguín *
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center * Conjunto Heritage Taller * Conjunto Palo Alto/Palo Alto College * Estrellas de Acordeón/Houston Accordion Performers * Palmview High School/La Joya Independent School District

3:00 La Familia Mauricio (Corpus Christi)
3:30 Crystal n The Crew (Pasadena)
4:10 Los Conjunto Kidz (Victoria)
5:00 Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia (Austin)
6:00 Conjunto Prestigio (Dallas)
7:00 Edgar Vásquez y sus Muchachos (Laredo)
8:00 Rubén De la Cruz y su Conjunto (Edcouch)
9:00 Joel Guzmán Sarah Fox y Conjuntazzo (Austin)
10:00 Rio Jordán featuring Juanito Castillo (San Antonio)
11:00 Albert Zamora (Corpus Christi)

Sunday, May 20/Rosedale Park/1-11pm/$18 per person*

Puro Conjunto Pesado: Así se baila en San Anto

1:00 Los Padrinos
1:40 Los Hermanos De León
2:40 Eddie “Lalo” Torres y Anita Paiz y su Conjunto special presentation by Salvador García y Los Pavos Reales

3:40 Lobo IV
4:40 Eva Ybarra y su Conjunto
5:40 Max Baca y Los Texmaniacs special presentation by Dwayne Verheyden
6:40 Santiago Jiménez Jr. y su Conjunto
7:40 Bene Medina y el Conjunto Águila
special presentation by Nick Villarreal
8:40 Mingo Saldívar y sus Tremendos Cuatro Espadas
9:40 Flaco Jiménez y su Conjunto
10:30 Accordion Conjunto Jam


Saturday, May 19/Guadalupe Theatre/9-10:30am/$40

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 registration, call 210.271.3151.

Saturday, May 19/Guadalupe Theatre/10:30am-12:30pm/$40

Button Accordion & Bajo Sexto Workshops

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

For registration, call 210.271.3151.

* 3-Day Rosedale All-Events Pass
$35 GCAC Members
$40 Non-Members

** $65 Conjunto Music Hall of Fame Dinner & Baile, plus, a Best of the Tejano Conjunto Festival CD and TCF 2012 Magazine

$100 Conjunto Music Hall of Fame Dinner & Baile, plus, a 3-Day Rosedale All-Events Pass,

a Best of the Tejano Conjunto Festival CD and a TCF 2012 Magazine

For reservations call 210.271.3151. Limited Seating

For info, 210.271.3151