Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival History

How did the festival come about?

During our first interview trip to the Rio Grande Valley in the fall of 2011, we became very close with two of the subjects on that trip: Chano Cadena and Rene Joslin. We were thinking of how to bring them to Austin to play a show. It had been a very long time since either one had been to town and we wanted to see them play live.

Right around this time, Frank was having serious health issues and spent a couple nights in the hospital. During this stay, in early December 2011, Frank called Piper from the hospital and said "we're having a Conjunto festival the first weekend of February at the Moose Lodge." Why a festival? Because one of the artists we wanted to see play would only come if we built a lineup around him because he believed no one remembered who he was. 

The rest is history. From 2012 to 2017, over the course of four festivals, we've presented nearly 70 different groups from all over the state, with a handful of special Tejano guest performers. Our first four festivals were at the Moose Lodge until we outgrew the capacity. We took two years off in 2015 and 2016, struggling to find the perfect venue until we found a new home at the iconic Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater in 2017. 

Special thanks to Julian Fernandez of Los Texas Wranglers, Jesse Colunga of the Moose Lodge, and Compadresmusic for believing in us and being with us every step of the way, and to the media support from Nancy Flores of the Austin American-Statesman and Austin broadcasting legend Isidoro Lopez on Fiesta Musical.

Here's a quick look back at the lineups. 

Feb. 3-5, 2012 - Austin Moose Lodge

Day 1
Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia (Austin) & Tina White (San Antonio) - in-store performance at Waterloo Records
Conjunto Los Pinkys (Austin)
Smiley y La Fuerza Musical (Refugio)
Bene Medina y Su Conjunto (San Antonio) with special guest Oskar Hernandez (McAllen)
Los Aguilares (San Antonio)

Day 2
Chano Cadena (Robstown) - in-store performance at Antone's Record Shop
El Gambler Joe Gonzales (San Antonio)
Chano Cadena y Su Conjunto
Rene Joslin y Los Favoritos (Alice)
The final show of Jesse y Beto Duran y Los Aguilillas (Austin) - Beto Duran passed away a year later

Day 3
Los Texas Wranglers (Austin)
Thoze Guyz (Sweetwater)
Conjunto Calidad (Seguin)
Linda Escobar (Corpus Christi) with special Tejano guest Juan P. Moreno (Beeville)

Feb. 1-3, 2013 - Austin Moose Lodge

Day 1
Conjunto Volcan (San Antonio)
Conjunto Romo (Kyle)
Ricky Ruiz y Los Escorpiones (Laredo)
Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia (Austin)
Conjunto Baraja de Oro (D/FW)

Day 2
Los Morales Boyz (Dallas)
Conjunto Calidad (Seguin)
Conjunto Kidz (Victoria)
Tina y Grupo Tormenta (San Antonio)
Randy Garcia y Conjunto Estrella (Victoria)
Crystal N Crew (Pasadena)
Rene Ramirez y Poder de Tejas ft. Pico Ramirez (San Diego)
Mando y La Venganza (Corpus Christi)
Los Enmascarados (Kingsville)
Smiley y La Fuerza Musical (Refugio)
Los D Boyz (Kingsville)

Day 3
Conjunto Cats (Seguin)
Los Pinkys (Austin)
Conjunto X (Houston)
Bernardo y Sus Compadres (Baytown)
Los Texas Wranglers (Austin) with special guest Roberto Pulido (Edinburg)

Feb. 6-9, 2014 - Austin Moose Lodge

Day 1
Kortecia (Lockhart)
Los Texas Wranglers with Tejano Idol contestants Vickie Roque and B Santa Ana (Austin)
Ruben y Su Klika Tejana (Dallas)

Day 2
Kinto Rey (San Antonio)
Conjunto Fuego de Rudy Garcia (Houston)
Tina y Grupo Tormenta (San Antonio)
Grupo Pression (Dallas)
Conjunto Romo (Kyle)

Day 3
Conjunto Calidad (Seguin)
Miggy Carrillo y Su Conjunto (Seguin)
Ricky Ruiz y Los Escorpiones (Laredo)
Conjunto Los Pinkys (Austin)
Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia (Austin)
Smiley y La Fuerza Musical (Refugio)
Crystal N Crew (Pasadena)
Conjunto Baraja de Oro (D/FW)
Los Arcos Hermanos Peña (Dimmitt) with special guest Devin Banda (Kyle)

Day 4
Ramiro Acuña III y Conjunto Tres (Seguin)
Conjunto Mi Rey (Del Rio)
Los Astronautas (San Antonio)
Los R-V Boyz (San Antonio, unscheduled, first time in Austin)
KEDA Conjunto Jam (San Antonio)
Conjunto Cats (Seguin)
Conjunto Baraja de Oro with special guest Ruben Ramos (Austin)
Johnny Degollado (Austin)

2015 & 2016 - hiatus

May 5 & 7, 2017 - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater

Day 1 - Outdoor Stage
Conjunto Puro Corazon
Los Texas Wranglers with special guest B Santa Ana
Roger Arocha y Su Conjunto
La Tradizion
Chencho Flores y Su Conjunto
Chano Cadena y Su Conjunto featuring Pico Ramirez
Los Enmascarados with special guest Augustin Ramirez
La Soledad

Day 1 - Indoor Stage
Grupo Lumbre
Grupo B&B

Day 2 - Outdoor Stage
Conjunto Cats
Conjunto Halcon - Los Fresnos HS
Gilberto "Chore" Perez Jr y Su Conjunto
Mark Weber y Los Cuernos
Nick Villarreal
Joe Ramirez y Su Conjunto
Los Thunderbirds with Santiago Jimenez Jr
Michelle

Day 2 - Indoor Stage
Grupo B&B
Los Marceles
Conjunto Calidad
Grupo Iluso

 

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