A guide to the music of Fiesta San Antonio 2021: Tejano and country rule
A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia King All Starz will play Tejano Explosion on June 26. It’s not an official Fiesta event, but it’s in the spirit of the celebration. Live music is always part of the Fiesta experience. That’s true this year, too, even though some of the most music-oriented events, such as Fiesta Oyster Bake, aren’t part of the curtailed schedule. Gary Hobbs is among the Tejano stars performing as part of “Fiesta de los Reyes,” a 10-day music fest at Market Square. Tejano fans can make up for lost time at Market Square, which will be host to 10 days of live music on two stages by acts such as David Lee Garza, Gary Hobbs, Jay Perez, Ram Herrera, Grupo Vida and DJ Kane. For variety, there also will be performances by S.A. legend Augie Meyers and the new wave cover band the Spazmatics. June 18-27, Market Square, fiestadelosreyes.com. But wait, there’s more. Tejano Explosion, an unofficial event, brings another week of live music to downtown, with performances scheduled by Michael Salgado, Siggno, A.B. Quintanilla y Los Kumbia King All Starz and more. Thursday-June 26, 700 W. Houston St. (across from Market Square), tejanoexplosion.com. Country star Jack Ingram headlines the Chaparral Music & Heritage Festival on June 19 in Hemisfair. Jack Ingram, whose new album “The Marfa Tapes” with Miranda Lambert and Jon Randall is getting stellar reviews, headlines Fiesta’s country music fest. Ingram, an ACM Award winner for best new male vocalist, is known for songs such as “Barefoot and Crazy” and “Barbie Doll.” Also on the bill are country rocker Dylan Wheeler, Jon Stork and Kathryn Legendre. June 19, Hemisfair, saparksfoundation.org. Mario Flores and the Soda Creek Band will play NIOSA. The kind of music you hear at NIOSA depends on the neighborhood you’re in. Country singer Mario Flores and his Soda Creek Band will be playing in Frontier Town. Flores’ song “Beer Time” would make a good Fiesta anthem. For jazz, head to the French Quarter and Bad Banjo Brown. Karizma will be playing Tejano hits in the Mexican Market, while Eurofest will bring the sounds of Oktoberfest to Sauerkraut Bend. June 22-25, La Villita, niosa.org. Latin big band Volcán will play Chanclas y Cervezas. livebrooks.com. High school and college mariachis will entertain visitors to the River Walk during the Ford Mariachi Festival. June 22-24, San Antonio River Walk, thesanantonioriverwalk.com.