The Tejano Conjunto Festival, one of the city’s largest and longest-running musical events, kicks off on May 17 at the Guadalupe Cultural and Art Center.
On Tuesday, event planners announced which bands will be performing and unveiled poster art for the festival.
Guadalupe gave the press conference a soulful song by allowing the three-piece Conhunto group to perform.
Juan Tejeda has produced the Tejano Conjunto Festival for decades. He said it always has a definite purpose. “For everyone … not just our people but all cultures to learn about our people, our music, our art and our culture,” said Tejeda. rice field.
Each year, Guadalupe commissions artists to create posters that represent the event. We will be offering elementary, middle and high school prizes and a grand prize where posters and t-shirts will be created.
Winner Elisa de Hoyos smiled throughout and wiped away her tears.
“I’m so happy. I’ve been on cloud nine since I found it!” she said.
De Hoyos said he has been doing art for quite some time.
“I started when I was old enough to have crayons. My mom was trying to keep me away from art work, so she gave me all the supplies and tools,” said De Hoyos. “And she never said no to me. She had [painter] Bob Ross was always on TV and I just sat there watching [my mother] Paint all night long.
Art isn’t the only endeavor she shares with her mother. Music at the press conference was her De Hoyos on accordion and her parents Mari and Frank on guitar. They are from the Rio Grande Valley and their band is called The Texas Sweethearts.
De Hoyos remembers the first time he found out that his poster had won. She said she was about to leave for a gig when her phone rang.
“And I said San Antonio on the phone. And I was like, “Oh my God!” And I said “Hello?” and Juan. he says hello fault. I started crying. I started crying on the phone,” De Hoyos said.
Her winning poster has a tan background with 55 roses all chained together. There’s a woman playing the accordion on the center screen—a woman who looks a lot like her.
“My first ever selfie! And it’s the only thing that’s taught me that I can do it because Frida did it,” she laughed, referring to Frida Kahlo.
The Tejano Conjunto Festival runs from May 17th to 21st. See website for time and ticket information.