Best of Tejas
Tejano Music Awards stages return at San Antonio's new Tech Port Arena
Just about every musical genre has some type of heritage, but Tejano music is ripe with it. The Mexican-Texan-Central European hybrid has simultaneously embodied values of a select few, and a huge range of cultures, and it’s time to celebrate its success at the annual Tejano Music Awards on November 26.
The TMAs are produced by the Texas Talent Musicians Association, and should draw thousands of fans to the Tech Port Arena for the first time in the event’s history. The TMAs haven’t been onstage since 2019, the year before which 90,000 fans in total were estimated to have attended the award show. Founded in 1980, this will be the 42nd ceremony.
“The Tejano Music Awards Industry has not had this following in many, many years,” TTMA President Robert Arellano told the website Tejano Nation. “We believe this is going to give a jump-start to the industry.”
This year, special performances will include Da Krazy Pimpz; 2021 Entertainer of the Year Eddie Gonzalez; 2021 Song of the Year winner Jay Perez; and a young artists segment featuring rising Tejano performers, among several others. Almost all 2022 performers were nominated or had music videos shown at last year’s virtual ceremony.
The Tech Port Arena opened in May on the Port San Antonio campus, and has already featured legendary bands and solo performers, has boxing on the schedule for this fall, plans to host conferences, and is positioning itself as an esports hub. The TMAs are an early example of the special events to which the arena could lend its more than 3,000-person capacity.
“Tejano music has a rich history in San Antonio and South Texas,” said Tech Port Arena general manager Eric Blockie, in a press release. “Hosting this event live for the first time in two years is a dream come true for our venue and for fans. Our location, our amenities, and our world-class guest services will make each performance at the 42nd Annual Tejano Music Awards something to remember.”
Arellano added, “We look forward to seeing the arena filled with Tejano music fans from around the world."
Tickets (starting at $30) to the 42nd Annual Tejano Music Awards are available at tejanomusicawards.com.