Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival returns —
November 15, 2018

Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival returns

Dancers at a conjunto festival (Photo: Hannah Whisenant)

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. Additionally, the event is partnering with the Austin Tejano Music Coalition, which will present the Austin round of their popular Tejano Idol talent search competition along with performances from previous contestants.

The festival kicks off Friday, May 4 with an evening show at Stubb’s Graceland Grocery in Oak Hill from 4 – 8 p.m., with the main event taking place from 11 a.m. to midnight at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. The weekend will be wrapped 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 family friendly.

Flaco Jimenez at Pachanga Fest 2013.

“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,” says Baldomero Cuellar, Rancho Alegre Radio Executive Director and self-described “Head Queso.” “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.”

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 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 5 at Stubb’s and the tardeada at One-2-One Bar on Sunday, May 6.

Conjunto Los Pinkys
Conjunto Los Pinkys

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 festival goers 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 lasofrendas@gmail.com.

Rancho Alegre Radio is dedicated to preserving and promoting Tejano and Conjunto music. Other projects include digitizing recordings, interviewing legendary and up-and-coming artists, maintaining and constructing a historical record of Tejano and Conjunto music, and connecting artists with professional and business services.

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.

More info at http://www.ranchoalegreradio.org/festival.

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