Fiesta San Antonio 2008

Here is the official poster:fiestaposter08.jpg

Mariachis again? I think it is ironic, however, that Fiesta is so strongly Mexican, cuando fueron los gringos en San Antonio that decided to commemorate the defeat of the Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto (let’s not forget that “Mexicans” also fought for Texas liberty). Yes Fiesta began as a gringo victory but has since been taken over by La Raza – except for many of the Queens and of course the Texas Cavaliers, who crown their King Antonio (always a gringo). This is why LULAC started the Rey Feo -to counter the Cavaliers. Funny though, our current Rey Feo is a guy named Brian Weiner! Well at least we know we don’t

Update: I just learned that a new Rey Feo has been selected for 2008 his name is Fernando Reyes. ¡Felicidades! and  ¡Viva Fiesta!


Martin Pesina

I mentioned conjunto legend Martin Pesina in a previous post.  For those of you who are not familiar with his music, here he is on accordion and vocals. This is from his album entitled “Puro San Antonio”.

Founder of the Cursillos Passes Away

Mr. Eduardo Bonnin died yesterday in Spain.  Some of our fans are “Cursillistas” (people who have attended the Cursillo weekend).  A Cursillo is a weekend experience of Jesus, or a short course in Christianity.  Mr. Bonnin and others started the Cursillo in Spain in the 40’s.  They are known for singing the popular song “De Colores”.  Conjunto legends Martin Pesina and Toby Torres are both Cursillistas.  I think I first began to love the accordion when I would go with my parents as a youngster to the closing ceremonies of the Cursillos (the clausura).  It was always lively with some great bajo sexto and accordion blaring through the speakers!  Talk about a religious experience!  Cesar Chavez was a cursillista and I think that what he learned in the Cursillo inspired him to action.  

I found this quote about Mr. Bonnin in another blog:  “God used him to found a world wide movement that has brought many men and women into relationship with Jesus Christ and to follow a rule of life of piety, study and action. It is truly amazing what one person, and a lay person at that, can be used by God to do when they truly open themselves up to God’s purpose for their life.”  De Colores!

Taco Bell Ad

This ran during the Superbowl to advertise the happy sounding “Fiesta Platter”. Notice what instrument the main mariachi guy is playing.

I don’t know any mariachis who use the bajo sexto…I wish these people would actually ask someone who knew something about the culture before they start targeting Latinos.