Category Archives: music

2013 Texas Folklife Festival

Following are pictures from Saturday night (June 8) at the 2013 Texas Folklife Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures in downtown San Antonio. There didn’t seem to be as many attendees or participants this year as in year’s past. Perhaps the heat or high school graduations kept people away. The lack of crowds made it easy to get a seat and enjoy music and dancing while sampling a variety of delicious food. I enjoyed food from the Vietnamese, Wendish, Pakistani and Japanese booths.

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San Antonio Fiesta 2013

Fiesta 2013 was memorable for the wonderfully cool weather and rain. I didn’t make it to as many events as I had planned but I was still worn out by Sunday. Following are pictures from some of the events. For pictures of Fiesta Hats please visit my post here. Thanks to Peter Ray for taking pictures.

San Antonio Symphony Fiesta Pops

San Antonio Symphony Fiesta Pops

Texas Cavaliers River Parade

Texas Cavaliers River Parade

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Night In Old San Antonio (NIOSA)

Cornyation

Cornyation

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Battle of Flowers Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

Pooch Parade

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

King William Fair

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

Fiesta Flambeau Night Parade

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Charreada

Charreada

Lowrider Festival 2013

Centro Cultural Aztlan organized San Antonio’s 31st annual Lowrider Festival on Sunday, April 7, 2013. The festival was held for the first time at the Deco District on Fredericksburg Road. The festival celebrated Lowrider cars, classic cars and custom bicycles. Live music, food vendors, and art booths added to the festive atmosphere.

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Luminaria 2013

Luminaria is one of my favorite San Antonio festivals and I looked forward to going each year.  Luminaria 2013 was an entertaining and inspiring celebration of lights, music, poetry, dance, bicycles, cars and food.  Next year I need to develop a better strategy for walking around so I can see more of the performers. Some of the artists I especially enjoyed were the Jazz Poets of San Antonio, the Austin Bike Zoo and the light show on the big stone head (not sure what the official name of that statue is). Thanks to Mark and Denise McGrath and Peter Ray for providing me with the following pictures (I forgot to take my camera).

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33rd Annual TubaMeister Christmas Concert

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The Thirty-Third Annual TubaMeister Christmas concert Saturday at the Arneson River Theater featured holiday songs played by a variety of  tuba, euphonium, and baritone horn players.   All horn players around San Antonio were invited to participate in the concert.  The TubaMeisters, a tuba/euphonium quartet, played a few special numbers for the audience including a polka, a waltz and a Mel Torme song.  The TubaMeister members are Ezra Johnson, Al Tapia, Ray Grim and Richard Wallace.  Lee Hipp, tuba player with the San Antonio Symphony, conducted the concert. 

The concert seemed to surprise the riders on the river barges who suddenly found themselves in the middle of the concert.  Also, I don’t know if this has been scientifically proven but tuba fans seem to be great dog lovers.  We took our dog to the concert and she received lots of hugs and pats from everyone sitting around us.  Hannah (the dog) seemed to really enjoy the concert. 

The San Antonio Diwali Festival of Lights

Here are some photos from last night’s San Antonio Diwali Festival of Lightsin downtown Hemisfair park.  This is rumored to be the largest complete Diwali celebration in the United States and was estimated to have 15,000 people in attendance yesterday.  We were able to sit in the front row during the fabulous Parade of States because my husband’s company was one of the main sponsors of the evens.  As a result, we were able to get some great shots (check out those reflections on the water!).  We also were invited to have dinner at the top of the Tower of the Americas, and afterwards watch the fireworks show (which is always the finale of a complete Diwali event, according to our hosts).  In addition to the Parade of States and the fireworks show the festival included numerous vendors selling Indian food, clothing, jewelry and other items.   Enjoy!

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ImageViewing fireworks from the top of the Tower of the Americas

The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Cameo Theatre

“The Marvelous Wonderettes” opens at the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet the Wonderettes, four high school girls with boy problems.  In Act Two we return to the high school gym for the girls’ 10th year reunion.  The show uses popular songs from the 50s and 60s to cleverly tell each of the girls’ stories.  I laughed and cried along with the girls.

The show is currently playing at the Cameo Theatre in St. Paul Square just east of downtown San Antonio.  “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a Jonathan Pennington Studios Production.  I highly recommend that you go see “The Marvelous Wonderettes” before it closes October 21th.