Local Tejano awards show set for Sunday

It will be a night of conviviendo as the public is invited to attend the 2nd annual My Tejano Awards, an awards show honoring the best in Tejano music this Sunday.

My Tejano Awards, an awards show created by the local company M&E Productions, will have appearances from 200 bands and performers as they recognize the past, present and future of Tejano music in the Valley.

20190513 MTAAwrds“Here in the Valley we have a lot of talent; it’s just not recognized,” M&E Productions co-owner Estela Flores said. “We’re hoping to change that.”

The awards show will recognize several groups and individuals in 14 categories including Album of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Gone But Not Forgotten and Male and Female Vocalist of the Year.

Recipients of last year’s ceremony included Los Palominos, Selena Quintanilla, Grupo Arroyo, Cezar Martinez and Elida Reyna.

This year, the My Tejano Awards show will occur at the Mission Event Center Sunday with a red carpet opening the ceremony at 5 p.m. The public in invited to attend, Flores said, but doors will close at 6 p.m.

The show will include performances and appearances by Jay Perez, Freddie Martinez, Isabel Marie, Monica Saldivar and more.

There will also be tributes to deceased Tejano legends Jimmy Gonzalez and Laura Canales, Flores added.

The event is expected to finish by 11 p.m. General admission tickets are priced at $20 with VIP tickets priced at $35.

“We welcome everyone to come out in a gathering of all the artists and people to convivir together,” Flores said.

Previously, Flores said the idea for the award show came after her husband, M&E Productions co-owner Miguel Flores, who was inducted into the San Antonio Tejano Hall of Fame Awards. Miguel is a longtime drummer for several Tejano bands since he was in high school.

The two have been hosting Tejano dances at the Outta Town Dance Hall for years and realized the Valley was justified in having their own hall of fame for Tejano artists due to what they said was strong local talent in the area.

“This is something for the artist here in the Valley,” Estela said. “No one gets recognized in the Valley even though a lot of Tejano music started here and evolved here. San Antonio has their own Tejano music awards, but we needed to recognize Tejano music here.”

Sunday’s event is sponsored by the cities of Mission and Palmhurst, L&F Distributors, Hidalgo County District Attorney Ricardo Rodriguez, Precinct 3 Commissioner Candidate Everardo Villarreal and Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 Place 1 Candidate Marco De Luna.

For tickets and reservations, call Estela at 956-227-5968.

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