San Antonio’s Spanish-colonial Missions will celebrate their first birthday as a UNESCO World Heritage Site this weekend at the inaugural World Heritage Festival. On Saturday, Sept. 10, Mission Pachanga will acknowledge the musical power and presence of local artists who create music as storied as Mission Concepción’s walls and as colorful as Mission San Juan’s history.
Disclosure: The Rivard Report is the main organizer for Mission Pachanga and one of several partners and sponsors for the World Heritage Festival. Adam Tutor is the Community Outreach Director at San Antonio Sound Garden, a member of the Mission Pachanga organizational team, and saxophonist for Volcán.
Headlining the free music festival at Mission Pavilion in Mission County Park is Nina Diaz, who is still fresh off a recent tour and recording of her second Tiny Desk Concert. Diaz’s act will close out the festivities at 11 p.m., but not before a cracker-jack crew of San Antonio’s most lyrically rich and rhythmically dynamic bands take the stage throughout the day.
Jaime Solis, Rivard Report marketing director, led the initiative on behalf of the publication, recruiting sponsorships, promoting the show, and envisioning what the first take on this festival would look like.
“First of all, there is a lot of musical talent in this city and this is an opportunity to see a lot of them under one roof, for free,” Solis said. “All you have to do is show up, have a great time, and listen to some great music.”
Event organizer Liz Burt echoed Solis’ sentiments, declaring that with everything going on in San Antonio – the Tricentennial preparations, the San Pedro Creek groundbreaking, and the World Heritage designation – there is widespread demand for live music festivals.
“This is a labor of love for the community, for the local music scene, for the musicians,” Burt said. “Musicians deserve this platform and as many opportunities as possible to display their talents and show who we are as a city.”
The lineup, organized by local music advocacy group San Antonio Sound Garden, will kick off on the Music Heritage Stage with singer-songwriter Maya Guirao at 11 a.m., followed by Rudi Harst, who will welcome the cyclists participating in the family-friendly World Heritage Tour de las Misiones ride led by SATX Social Ride-Bike Club with his tunes. You can still register for the ride here.
With beer flowing and food trucks fueling the crowd, the entertainment at Mission Main Stage will kick off at 1:30 p.m. with a blast from the past by the Lil’ Henry Tribute Band with Rudy Tee Gonzales, who will take it back to their hits from the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s to honor the roots of the Westside sound.
The party won’t stop until 11 p.m., with sounds of jazz, indie rock, hip-hop, Latin, and rock ‘n’ roll music breaking it down local music style. Below is the full lineup:
Music Heritage Stage
Maya Guirao – 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Rudi Harst – 12:30-1:15 p.m.
Mission Main Stage
Lil’ Henry Tribute Band with Rudy Tee Gonzales – 1:30-3:00 p.m.
Doc Watkins – 3:30-4:15 p.m.
Black Market Club – 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Greg G – 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Fishermen – 6:30-7:15 p.m.
Femina-X – 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Volcán – 8:45-9:45 p.m.
Nina Diaz – 10:00-11:00 p.m.
For more information on the lineup and vendors, visit the Mission Pachanga Facebook page here.
Top image: The crowd dances as Volcán performs. Photo courtesy of Volcán.