Music Fest set for Saturday – San Benito News

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Latin Grammy Award-winning Tejano band Elida Reyna y Avante headlines this year’s South Texas Music Festival (STMF) on Saturday, September 23, 2023.

The STMF is set to take place at W.H. Heavin Memorial Park, 705 N. Bowie St., in San Benito. Gates to what organizers call a fun, family event, open at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $5 with free admittance for children 10-years-old and younger.

Texas-based Tejano group Ricardo Castillon y La Diferencia will also perform along with Grammy Award-winning accordionist Rick Fuentes, and local artist, Grupo Azido. A special performance by Mariachi Sol Azteca will kick off festivities.

In addition to the noteworthy musical lineup, this year’s festival features a cultural heritage tent that pays homage to Conjunto Music, which was born in San Benito.

Finally, plenty of food and beverage vendors will be on site, along with several fun activities for the children.
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According to her online biography, Elida Reyna was born in San Antonio in 1972. She first lived in a disinvested area of Dallas, before her family relocated to Mercedes to tend to her ailing grandmother. Raised in Mercedes since the age of eight, she reportedly listened to Tejano Music legends such as Roberto Pulido, La Mafia, Grupo Mazz and Laura Canales.

Canales and her music had a big influence on Reyna by showing the budding musician that Tejano music wasn’t merely a male-dominated music genre.

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