(10/14) Preview: Tejano Idol at Graham Central Station

On Sunday, October 14, at Graham Central Station in Pflugerville, Tejano music fans will get a glimpse of future stars at the finale of Canta Tejano Idol Finale, presented by the Austin Tejano Music Coalition. Twenty contestants from all over Texas (and as far away as Twin Falls, Idaho!) will perform in front of three celebrity judges, a crowd full of fans, the chance to compete for a cash prize and the opportunity to become the next Tejano music star.

Now in its second year, the competition accepted auditions online and also held auditions in San Antonio and in various locations around Austin. Judges then narrowed the field, selecting the twenty best contestants (including a 10 year-old from Pflugerville) for the finale.

The finale will feature performances by Austin’s own all-female Mariachi Las Tejanitas and the up and coming Tejano group La Distancia from San Marcos. The celebrity panel of judges includes Tejano music stars Raulito Navaira, and Grammy nominees Alfredo Antonio Guerrero of Tortilla Factory, and Shelly Lares, who also served as a judge last year. Lares will also perform at intermission.

Graham Central Station is located just east of I-35 North on Grand Avenue Parkway in Pflugerville. All ages are welcome for this event and the cover charge is $5 per person. The festivities are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information and to learn about the contestants, visit austintejanomusic.com.

Piper LeMoine

Piper LeMoine manages all things technical, promotional, and creative at Austin's own Rancho Alegre Radio, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Tejano and Conjunto music. She also co-hosts Rancho Alegre, playing Tejano and Conjunto music every Monday from 9-10 a.m. on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin and online at koop.org.

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