The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center announced the 2018 Inductees into the Conjunto Music Hall of Fame as part of the 37th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio. The 5-day festival will feature the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Thursday, May 17 at 6:00pm in the historic Guadalupe Theater.
The honorees are:
Emilio Navaira, San Antonio – a leading voice in Tejano music (posthumous)
Alma Garza, Donna, TX and Fresno, CA – host of Radio Bilingüe Latino Public Radio’s top-rated “Onda Tejana” Tex-Mex music program (posthumous)
Felipe Perez, Corpus Christi – accordionist with a 60+ year career span
Samuel Ramos Sr., San Benito – singer/songwriter with Los Tesoros de Samuel Ramos
The event, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, will feature a dinner reception followed by presentations on each of the honorees. Musical performances and tributes by close family and friends including Raulito Navaira, members of Retoño and inductee Felipe Perez will be followed by a dance featuring Bene Medina y el ConjuntoAguila, Gilberto Perez y sus Compadres, and a special appearance by Linda Escobar.
“As San Antonio celebrates its Tricentennial and the unique culture that has emerged out of Native American, Spanish, and European influences, we are proud to celebrate conjunto music as arguably the most representative blend of those traditions,” says Cristina Ballí, Executive Director of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. “The Guadalupe’s Conjunto Hall of Fame recognizes the individuals who have contributed to this significant history and culture.”
The public is invited to attend this special event. Tickets are $35 per person or two for $60 and can be purchased at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 1301 Guadalupe Street in San Antonio, Texas or online at www.guadalupeculturalarts.org
The festival also includes a free Seniors Dance on Wednesday, May 16 in the Guadalupe Theater and three days of live music at Rosedale Park from May 18 to 20. Over 30 of the very best and most popular bands in Conjunto music are complemented by plenty of dancing, food and beverage booths in a family-friendly environment.