Live music and culture dominate the coming weekend.
First off, head to Floore's Country Store on Friday for a blend of upbeat pop music and Tex Mex rock 'n' roll. The Last Bandoleros’ drummer Emilio Navaira said this is a homecoming of sorts.
IF YOU GO
What: The Last Bandoleros
Where: Floores Country Store, Helotes
"We recently moved to Nashville so anytime we get to be back in San Antonio we're extremely excited," Navaira said.
He and bass player Diego Navaira are the sons of the late San Antonio Tejano superstar Emilio Navaira. The younger Navaira said that when growing up here, musical instruments were all over the house and that his dad would often ask the two brothers to perform for houseguests.
"We'd just play musical chairs with all the instruments and go through every Beatles song," he said.
Rolling Stone magazine has called them “The Year’s Most Important Country Band.”
All weekend at the Institute of Texan Cultures, it's the 47th annual Folklife Festival.
"Folklife is a celebration of the different ethnic and cultural communities that live in the state of Texas through their food, their music, their crafts, their dance," festival director Jo Ann Andera said.
IF YOU GO
What: Folklife Festival
Where: Institute of Texan Cultures
When: 5 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. Saturday; noon, Sunday
Forty different cultures from all around the state will be displaying who they are, and most are bringing their food.
“It's a great celebration of our heritage and our culture. It's a pretty special event, not to be missed,” she said.
Park and Ride is available from Crossroads on Saturday only.
This is also the weekend the San Antonio Symphony closes out its performance season, featuring the Broadway hits of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Soloist Alli Mauzey said audiences will recognize most everything they play.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: San Antonio Symphony Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration
WHERE: Tobin Center
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday
“There's some really awesome stuff that that people know and love, like ‘The Sound of Music’ and stuff from ‘Oklahoma’ and ‘Carousel,’ " she said.
Mauzey has sung on Broadway hits like ‘Wicked’ and ‘Hello Dolly’ and she said she’s really looking forward to the show with the San Antonio Symphony.
“I've sung with many symphonies but … this is top notch here. I'm very looking forward to the performances," she said.
Jack Morgan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org