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Arts & Culture

South Texas Weekend Packed With Music

As is always the case, lots going on this weekend. I’ve lassoed a few items for your consideration.

SALSA STREET FEST, SAN ANTONIO

Both Saturday and Sunday Market Square downtown will be pulsing with Salsa Street Fest.  Saturday you’ve got a chance to strut your salsa-making stuff in their salsa making contest. And both days feature live music, good food and lots of Salsa.

MOONDANCE AT THE CIBOLO NATURE CENTER, BOERNE

Then Saturday night shoot up I-10 to Boerne to the Cibolo Nature Center for their popular Moondance series. The Cibolo holds the outdoor concert/dance once a month on the Saturday closest to the full moon. The Cibolo's Doris Perez says this Saturday a musical favorite returns to Moondance.

“We are thrilled once again to have Lost Mule Band Join us. Music starts at 7:30. And I’d like to encourage folks if they haven’t been to the nature center, come out earlier than that and go for a hike. The sweet spot is our Cibolo Creek. There’s nothing better than going for a little splash.”

It’s all outdoors under great big live oaks, and yes—they have a dance floor.

"It’s a cheap date night. Only ten dollars, seven fifty for Cibolo Nature Center and Farm Members.”

Back in San Antonio--here’s a genre of music that doesn't really get a lot of press:   Ska music. And this weekend there's something happening in San Antonio that's really big in the fairly small world of Ska.

The 2015 Texas Ska Festival

Gerald Hooper put together the Ska Festival. I asked him what you may be wondering—what exactly is Ska? Hooper knows a lot about the genre as he's been playing in various Ska bands for nearly 20 years. He put it succinctly: “Ska is the first mixture of Caribbean rhythms and jazz and R&B from America.”

The Texas Ska Festival’s on both Friday and Saturday nights.

"It’s six bands each night from all corners of the state, and it’s at Jack’s Patio Bar at 3030 Thousand Oaks in San Antonio, Texas."