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April 3, 2018
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Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival Returns to Downtown Austin Cinco de Mayo Weekend
5th Annual Festival of Accordion Music to Feature Grammy Award Winner Flaco Jimenez and Austin Tejano Music Coalition’s Tejano Idol Auditions and Showcase at Stubb’s
Austin, Texas – Over Cinco de Mayo weekend, Austin-based non-profit organization Rancho Alegre Radio will present its Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival at various venues in the Austin area. The annual showcase of traditional, accordion-driven music will feature over twenty different groups from all over Texas, including festival headliner Flaco Jimenez, in addition to partnering with the Austin Tejano Music Coalition, who will be presenting the Austin round of their popular Tejano Idol talent search competition along with performances from previous contestants.
The festival kicks off Friday, May 4th with an evening show at Bar-B-Q at Graceland in Oak Hill from 4 to 8 p.m., with the main event taking place from 11 a.m. to midnight at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater and wrapping the weekend up with an early evening tardeada at One-2-One Bar on Sunday, May 6th from 6-8 p.m. All events are free, open to the public, and all ages.
“Every year, we are excited to bring this free, family-friendly event to the community, to showcase so many different performers of this incredible, authentic, traditional Texas music in the heart of downtown at the iconic Stubb’s Waller Creek Ampitheater, but this year is even more special. We’re back to a three-day celebration, we’ll be taking it to a new venue in southwest Austin, we’re partnering with our colleagues at the Austin Tejano Music Coalition, and presenting one of the most legendary and celebrated performers in American music history. It’s a pretty great way to commemorate the fifth year of our festival,” says Baldomero Cuellar, Rancho Alegre Radio Executive Director and self-described “Head Queso.”
Since beginning in 2012, the festival has grown year over year, and moved to Stubb’s over Cinco de Mayo weekend in 2017 after a two-year hiatus. In the four previous years, the festival has presented nearly 70 different groups and special guests. This year is no exception, with over a quarter of the lineup playing the festival for the first time. In addition to Jimenez, notable performers include legends Gilberto Perez Sr., Pepe Maldonado, Chano Cadena, Chencho & Frank Flores, and Bene Medina, as well as Austin groups Los Texas Wranglers, Conjunto Los Pinkys, and Street People. Rounding out the lineup are veterans and up-and-coming groups and future stars from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley. Los Arcos Hermanos Peña, the veteran family band from Dimmitt, Texas, are scheduled to play a double bill, with a time slot on Saturday May 5th at Stubb’s and the tardeada at One-2-One Bar on Sunday May 6th.
In addition to the music at both Stubb’s locations, a wide variety of local food, arts and crafts and other vendors will be on-hand, in partnership with Austin’s own Las Ofrendas founder tk tunchez.
For festivalgoers and fans, Rancho Alegre Radio has launched a mobile app with performer biographies, lineup details, venue, vendor, and sponsor information, FAQ’s and more. The app is available on Google Play and the App Store. More information about and a schedule of Rancho Alegre Radio’s events and other work is available on the organization’s website at ranchoalegreradio.org. For vending opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival is supported in part by Compadresmusic, Texas Folklife, Fern Landscapes LLC, El Norteño Foods, Lovemytejano.com, JF Mechanical, Gonzalo Rodriguez Quality Home Building and Maintenance, Austin Manual Therapy, and Full Gallop.
About Rancho Alegre Radio
Rancho Alegre Radio is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Tejano and Conjunto music. Projects include digitizing recordings, interviewing legendary and up-and-coming artists, maintaining and constructing a historical record of Tejano and Conjunto music, connecting artists with professional and business services, and presenting the annual Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival and various events throughout the year.
About the Austin Tejano Music Coalition
The Austin Tejano Music Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in the latter part of 2005 and is comprised of Tejano artists, fans and industry professionals. Its mission is to support and expand the presence of a native Texas genre of music known as “Tejano” and its artistic contribution throughout the community of Austin and Central Texas; to preserve the historical and cultural significance of Tejano music by creating an environment of respect, understanding and appreciation; and to promote the advancement of Tejano music through unification, education, communication and public awareness. Its Tejano Idol talent search competition began in 2011.
About Las Ofrendas
Las Ofrendas is the creative work of tk tunchez. tk is the creative mind, maker and designer behind the Las Ofrendas creative brand, which includes digital art, handmade flower crowns, jewelry, and mucho mas. Las Ofrendas is also the name under which tk organizes local events, markets and fun party spaces including Friday Fridays ATX, Luna Llena ATX and Fuego ATX.