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Three-time Grammy-winning Tejano artist Sunny Sauceda performs after a press conference at Tech Port Arena in San Antonio.

The 42nd annual Tejano Music Awards will take place in November at the Tech Port Center + Arena in San Antonio, officials announced Wednesday, unveiling plans for the first in-person version of the ceremony since 2019.

For the past two years, the event, previously hosted at the Alamodome, has been held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s installment, scheduled for November 26, will also mark its debut at Tech Port, the 3,200-seat South Side venue that opened in May.

“There are a lot of people who are excited to return to in-person events,” District 4 Councilwoman Adriana Garcia said at a press conference announcing the plans. “I can’t wait for everyone to celebrate and dance together.”

The new Tech Port event venue, located on the grounds of the former Kelly Air Force Base, is a homecoming for Tejano music and culture, said Port Board Chairman Chris Alderete. San Antonio.

“We are here on the grounds of the old Kelly Air Force Base, where many employees, mostly Latinos, would commute here to work here at Kelly Air Force Base – now Port San Antonio,” he said. he declares. “And on their ride, guess what they were listening to? Tejano music.”

Alderte added, “I’m watching it personally, because it’s coming home. Going back to the southwest part of our city and celebrating all the great artists that will be playing.”

This homecoming was celebrated by three-time Grammy-winning Tejano artist Sunny Sauceda, who performed after the press conference.

However, the Tejano Music Awards are just the latest big event planned for Tech Port.

Since opening, the state-of-the-art, $70 million arena has hosted Mayor Ron Nirenberg’s State of the City Address and performances by artists including Smashing Pumpkins. Live performances by indie band Modest Mouse, legendary metal band Judas Priest and more are on the schedule.

Even so, the return of the Tejano Music Awards is more than just an event, adviser Garcia said. It is part of the collective culture and the history of the city.

“As someone who grew up here on the South Side, who was born and raised, my family, friends, neighbors and the residents I represent have vivid memories of attending weddings, quinceaneras and gatherings where Tejano music was blasting and the dance floor was filled with people,” she says. “It became part of our collective memories and a treasured part of our history.

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