Austin’s Tejano Music Scene – a Snapshot

Published in the April 2013 issue of Tejano Gold Radio the Magazine
Published in the April 2013 issue of Tejano Gold Radio the Magazine

Tejano Gold Radio The Magazine
April 2013

Located just an hour north of San Antonio, Austin is known as the “Live Music Capital of the World.” We are a city full of music aficionados who love all kinds of music, including Tejano. Our vibrant nightlife includes live Tejano music at several different venues on a regular basis, including Totally Tejano Fridays at Tejano Ranch, Saturday Nights at Texas Mist and Texas Club Bar and Grill, and Sunday tardeadas with Conjunto Los Pinkys at the red-hot honky tonk, The White Horse. Other great venues include the Moose Lodge, Baby Acapulco Restaurant, the Mexican-American Cultural Center, and Los Primos Nightclub and Primo’s Round Rock in the northern suburb of Round Rock. That’s not all, though…great music can be found just about every night of the week in various places all over town, including jam sessions with world-class musicians at the East Avenue Lounge and DJ’s spinning the hits in area clubs.

We are also known for our festivals and special events throughout the year, featuring blockbuster lineups including Tejano and Conjunto artists – the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival, the Mexican American Experience, Pan-Americana Festival, Big Squeeze Accordion Contest presented by Texas Folklife, Fiestas Patrias Cinco De Mayo Festival, Johnny Degollado’s Austin Tejano-Conjunto Festival, Pachanga Fest, Fiesta Amistad in Round Rock, Fiestas Patrias Diez y Seis de Septiembre, and the Tejano Idol competition presented by the Austin Tejano Music Coalition. Not to mention star-studded jamaicas, outdoor music series, benefits, and holiday celebrations at various times as well.

Austin can also boast a wide variety of media outlets that are Tejano-friendly, including KTXZ 1560 AM, a local, family-owned radio station which splits its format between Tejano and R&B, along with more than a few Tejano internet stations including Rancho Alegre Radio, Compadresmusic.com, Pure Tejano Radio, and HotTejano.com. Channel Austin television shows like the Spotlite Show, Primetime Tejano, Hispanic Today, and Fiesta Musical always feature, promote, and record live Tejano events around town. Austin Vida regularly publishes previews of upcoming live music events, and other print media spotlight the goings-on around town. Organizations supportive of Tejano music include Texas Folklife, Austin Latino Music Association, the Texas Music Museum, and the Austin Tejano Music Coalition. We even have our own local record store that carries all the new releases and classics…Turntable Records.

Austin’s world-renowned multi-faceted musical landscape would be incomplete without Tejano music. Our Tejano music scene continues to grow year after year, recovering from suffering the same setbacks as the Tejano industry has everywhere else. Homegrown local acts, legendary performers, Grammy-winning artists, and a committed, passionate, music-loving community makes this resurgence happen.

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