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Old 04-25-2009, 08:39 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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April Wine was just at the Siesta Fest this year (on Wed.).
Did you go? They are a great band, I was sorry to have to miss them this year.
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Old 04-26-2009, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Just Inside Loop 410
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stics, lets see those photos.

I remember people stacking those cups sky high..lol

at first la semana was held downtown, then it was moved to the freeman coliseum parkinglot, but I had heard that the area's resident's didnt like all the noise.
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Old 04-27-2009, 01:38 PM
 
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Yep... nothing says Fiesta like ear-splitting heavy metal music and a bunch of gangbangers shooting and stabbing each other. They got rid of La Semana for a reason.

I liked it even if you don't. Shooting and stabbings? I don't remember that ever happening when I was there, and I remember a very diverse selection of bands ranging from metal to pop to tejano playing, and not just metal alone. In one of the last years of it, I remember the New Kids on the Block playing it when the band dropped down to a four-piece.




La Semana Alegre went away in the early 90's when San Antonio invested very heavily on trying to establish itself as the tejano capital of the world. They brought in that tejano walk, the tejano awards, milked the hell out of Selena (even though she was from Corpus), and so on. So the diverse selection of bands were done away with while the tejano bands stayed. Kinda bigoted when you think about it, but for the city- it was a no-brainer.
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:33 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Did you go? They are a great band, I was sorry to have to miss them this year.
I wasn't able to go, unfortunately. But I've seen them in concert numerous times over the past couple decades - always a great show. Go see them if you get a chance!
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:44 PM
 
Location: NE San Antonio
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La Semana always had a "rough" reputation, much of which was undeserved, to the point of "urban legends". For instance, I remember someone telling me, "Don't go there! People line their boots with razor blades and kick thru the crowd!". There were fights and incidents, sure, but I would love to see some police stats and compare them to other events (a great project for someone who knows where to look).

The festival features seperate stages for rock and C&W/Tejano/pop. There was some roaming around, but you pretty much stayed near the music you wanted to hear. I'm sure some pop fans were intimidated by the collection of rockers and bikers at the rock stage, I think this fueled the fest's rep. JMO

BTW, I found some more performers: TRIUMPH, TLC, ARC ANGELS, THE TURTLES, PAUL REVERE AND THE RAIDERS, WEIRD AL YANKOVIC, SAWYER BROWN, EXPOSE...

Who's got more?
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:45 PM
 
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Peter Frampton!
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:49 PM
 
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I wasn't able to go, unfortunately. But I've seen them in concert numerous times over the past couple decades - always a great show. Go see them if you get a chance!
I've seen them a number of times too, one of my alltime favs!

Lots of bands scheduled to play the STRF in May, including SAXON, QUEENSRYCHE, AXE, KEEL, THE RODS, DANGEROUS TOYS, VICIOUS RUMORS, ADLER'S APPETITE and more
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Old 04-27-2009, 02:53 PM
 
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Peter Frampton!
Good one! I recall that now. Wish I could find all my flyers... Anyone good at navigating newspaper archives?
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Pat Traverse 1986. La Semana Allegre embodied all that was cool and fun about Fiesta. And of course the live music and food was great. It's too bad it was tossed out like an old shoe. Nothing in today's Fiesta even comes close to the fun I used to have at La Semana. I don't even bother going to any of the current Fiesta events. Boring and lousy music is all that is left.
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Old 04-28-2009, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Just Inside Loop 410
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I liked it even if you don't. Shooting and stabbings? I don't remember that ever happening when I was there, and I remember a very diverse selection of bands ranging from metal to pop to tejano playing, and not just metal alone. In one of the last years of it, I remember the New Kids on the Block playing it when the band dropped down to a four-piece.




La Semana Alegre went away in the early 90's when San Antonio invested very heavily on trying to establish itself as the tejano capital of the world. They brought in that tejano walk, the tejano awards, milked the hell out of Selena (even though she was from Corpus), and so on. So the diverse selection of bands were done away with while the tejano bands stayed. Kinda bigoted when you think about it, but for the city- it was a no-brainer.
funny you mention the tejano music awards. it went from being held at the alamodome, to a casino down in the valley..lol
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