Stubb’s Conjunto Music Festival

Stubb’s Bar-B-Q is a legendary Austin institution. I have not been inside the restaurant, but I got a chance to check out the Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre. I was invited to the Conjunto Music Festival by El Norteno.

The Conjunto Music Festival looked like a perfect match for El Norteno. Their jerky is based off a Conjunto band. If you’re unfamiliar with this type of music, it is a mesh between German and Mexican influences.

Conjunto music originated in South Texas when German immigrants settled the area. They brought the accordion with them. The accordion was adopted by the Mexican-Americans there. This meshing of the accordion and traditional Mexican music made a distinct sound. It is now known as “Conjunto Tejano.”

I thought it would be cool to listen to this music and also check out the legendary Stubb’s. It would also be cool to see what the guys at El Norteno had set up. Victoria and I headed downtown to check everything out.

The first order of business was finding a parking spot. We parked in the Hotel Indigo\Holiday Inn Express parking garage. There was a lot of valet parking on the first few floors of the garage. We ended up parking on level -3. The elevator itself was a bit confusing with things being not numbered in order.

We first ended up in the lobby of the hotel. We thought the star on the elevator panel would take us to the street level. We ended up having to go down a level to level 0. That was where we found the sidewalk and walked towards Stubb’s.

We were soon at Stubb’s, and I decided to take a few pictures of the outside of the building.

The festival was behind the restaurant. There was security at the door. After showing ID, emptying my pockets, getting a wand waved over me, I was set to go inside. I walked around and got to hear some Conjunto music firsthand. I also looked at all the vendors, including the El Norteno table.

I found out there was a separate table inside the building with some of the founders. I went in there to check out the table. They had a lot more swag. I talked to them for a while and it reaffirmed how close their company’s story mirrors my personal story.

It was cool checking out this festival and also talking to the El Norteno guys again. I got to hear conjunto music firsthand and experienced something a bit different. I might have to look into listening to more conjunto music. My very German grandma is big into German polka music. Maybe this is a new twist I can bring to her that she’ll enjoy. I guess that’s the great thing about Austin. I get to experience a lot of new things that I can literally write home about!

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