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 2018, over the course of five festivals, we've presented over 60 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. We will return to Stubbs on Sunday May 5, 2019 but are starting the two days of the 2019 festival at a new venue in south Austin called The Barn, and we know you'll love it and it will be perfect for our event!

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. 

Skip to: 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015-2016 (no festival) | 2017 | 2018

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 (San Antonio)
Los Texas Wranglers with special guest B Santa Ana (Austin)
Roger Arocha y Su Conjunto (San Antonio)
La Tradizion (New Braunfels)
Chencho Flores y Su Conjunto (Austin)
Chano Cadena y Su Conjunto featuring Pico Ramirez (Alice)
Los Enmascarados (Kingsville) with special guest Augustin Ramirez (Lockhart)
La Soledad (Angleton)

Day 1 - Indoor Stage (Hacienda Records)
Grupo Lumbre (Houston)
Grupo B&B (Bryan)

Day 2 - Outdoor Stage
Conjunto Cats (Seguin)
Conjunto Halcon - Los Fresnos HS (Los Fresnos)
Gilberto "Chore" Perez Jr y Su Conjunto (Mercedes)
Mark Weber y Los Cuernos (San Antonio)
Nick Villarreal (San Antonio)
Joe Ramirez y Su Conjunto (San Diego)
Los Thunderbirds with Santiago Jimenez Jr (San Antonio)
Michelle (Corpus Christi)

Day 2 - Indoor Stage
Grupo B&B (Bryan)
Los Marceles (West Texas)
Conjunto Calidad (Seguin)
Grupo Iluso (Kingsville)

May 4, 2018 - Bar-B-Q at Graceland (rained out) 

May 5, 2018 - Stubb's Waller Creek Amphitheater 

Outdoor Stage
Fruty Villarreal y Los Mavericks (Santa Maria)
Joe Zimmerle y Su Conjunto (San Antonio) special guest: Keiichi Tanaka (Spock)
Crystal n Crew (Houston)
Los De La Cruz (Dallas)
Conjunto Mi Rey (Del Rio)
Bene Medina (San Antonio)
Ramon Lucio y Conjunto Dominante (Brownsville)
Los Texas Wranglers (Austin)
Los Enmascarados (Kingsville)
Gilberto Perez Sr., Pepe Maldonado, Gilberto Perez Jr. Y Su Conjunto, Santa Rosa ISD Conjunto Students
Chano Cadena (Alice)
Los Arcos Hermanos Peña (Dimmitt)
Flaco Jimenez (San Antonio) special guest: Brenda Martinez
Guinness World Record Attempt - 4 accordionists played Viva Seguin at the same time: Brenda Martinez, Mitchell White, Christopher Ayala, Ricardo Cabrera
Unscheduled bonus jam by Julian Olivarez

Indoor Stage
Tejano Idol showcase: Jessica Arreola
Conjunto Calidad (Seguin)
La Tradizion (New Braunfels)
Mark Weber y Los Cuernos (San Antonio)
Ricky Ruiz y Los Escorpiones (Laredo)
Austin Tejano Music Coalition Tejano Idol showcase: Carlos Garcia
Chencho Flores y Su Conjunto (Austin)
Austin Tejano Music Coalition Tejano Idol showcase: Mario Macias
Roger Arocha y Su Conjunto (San Antonio)

May 6, 2018 - One-2-One Bar 

Wrap up and Live DVD Recording Party
Los Arcos Hermanos Peña (Dimmitt)

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