Austin honors Selena with April tribute events

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Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman
Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

Selena performs at Hemisfair Plaza in San Antonio, TX, April 24, 1994. Photo by Sung Park / The Austin American-Statesman

It’s been 21 years since the world lost Selena Quintanilla Pérez, but the legacy of this Tejano superstar — who was on the brink of crossing over to the English-language music market before she died on March 31, 1995— lives on. Selena fans across the country will honor her memory with tributes throughout her birthday month in April when the Queen of Tejano would have turned 45 years old.

Selena’s legacy helped shape everything from pop culture to fashion. Here’s a look at some Austin-area events where you can keep her memory alive.

April 12: The Glitoris’ fourth annual TuezGayz Selena tribute party at Barbarella (615 Red River St.) Doors open at 9 p.m. Small Selena tributes at 11 p.m., midnight, 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. $5 cover after 10 p.m.

April 16: Austin-based Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda presents a free Selena Birthday Celebration at The Highball from 7-9 p.m.

April 16: Alamo Drafthouse will offer a Selena Sing-Along movie screening at various theaters including its Lakeline, Slaughter Lane and South Lamar Boulevard locations.

And if you’re in the mood for a road trip, Selena’s hometown of Corpus Christi will host the second annual Fiesta de la Flor festival honoring the late star. Ramon Ayala and La Mafia will headline the festival.

Know of more upcoming Selena tributes in Austin? Contact nflores@statesman.com.


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