The opening reception is modeled after Night in old San Antonio or NIOSA, a hugely popular event that showcases the vast diversity and blended culture of San Antonio, Texas. Going beyond the strong Mexican influence and pulling in the German, Lebanese, African American, Cajun, and other influences. It is a time for San Antonio to show that we are more than a stereotype and that we have a heritage to share that is blended, strong, and representative of centuries of peoples and cultures. Each of the higher education institutions in San Antonio are involved with heritage festivals like NIOSA each so sharing this experience is something meaningful for the planning committee.
It would not be a NIOSA without good music! Sunset Station in historic St. Paul’s Square provides a great opportunity to highlight some of the Central Texas regions best talent.
Hang out in the open air Lone Stare Pavilion and take in the sounds of the Austin Party Band! Known for their mix of cover and original songs. Austin Party Band brings high energy at every performance. You’ll want to make sure you bring your dancing shoes and be prepared for a mix of rock, R&B, and Top 40 music.
If it’s authentic mariachi music you are craving, then you won’t want to miss Mariachi Las Altenas. Considered Texas’ finest all female mariachi, Las Alteñas has been captivating audiences throughout the United States since 2002. These 10 remarkably talented women are brought together by their passion to perform and promote the majesty of mariachi music. Known for their exceptional stage presence, musical performances and strong harmonious vocals, Mariachi Las Alteñas appeals to audiences of all generations and heritages. These talented ladies will be performing in The Arcadian Room.
Central Texas is well known for being one of the premiere areas for live indie music, and we have one of the regions brightest stars, Hanna Barakat to perform for you. Born in the U.S. to an American mother and a Lebanese father, Hanna spent her early years home-schooled whole traveling around the world with her family. From the time she was able to speak, Hanna has been humming and singing and dreaming of music. Influenced and inspired by hard rock and popular music styles, Hanna combines Eastern music with contemporary Western music, demonstrating her own varied cultural background while connecting with others-both displaced from their homelands and influenced by multiple cultures around them.
Don’t miss the opportunity to take in the view of The Depot. Besides enjoying the amazing architecture of the building and its stain glass windows, you will not want to miss the opportunity to dance and party with DJ Gumby and Gaines Entertainment Services. One of San Antonio’s most popular DJ’s, Gumby will be in The Depot taking music requests and playing a variety of songs to get you in the Fiesta mood.