Almost every Latina(x) in South Texas has a home video of them dancing around/ singing to Selena songs at a young age, just as it is to remember where you were when she was murdered (for me it was waiting outside for the neighborhood raspa truck to pass by).
It was almost a rite of passage; something I thought was a cultural aspect for those born 1988-1993, however after living in San Antonio for almost a decade I've learned that La Reina was still very much a part of San Antonio culture and just Tejano culture in general; enough for once group of people to dedicate their talent to keep her music alive. According to lead singer Stephanie Bergara, she started the Bidi Bidi Banda, an Austin Selena tribute band, two years ago for the simple fact that she loved Selena.
And after a beautiful Sunday afternoon in a crowded Paper Tiger all there to enjoy the band, definitely confirmed it. The factor of an all-ages show was ominous and made it the overall experience more enjoyable as it was satisfying to see so many children up at the front singing and dancing along to songs that are over 20 years old.
The environment was so similar to that of dia de campo con la familia, true San Antonio style brunch with Chulita Vinyl Club spinning oldies, Modelo micheladas were being served outside (and ran out fairly quickly) along with tamales.
Bergara, said it best during their set, "What a better place to be than in the Tejano music capital of the world, celebrating the queen of Tejano music...on a Sunday afternoon."
Bidi Bidi Banda started off with favorites such as Carcacha that had the massive crowd moving and then used the filling of the set to highlight exactly why Selena is known as the queen of Tejano music by performing angelic versions of mariachi styled songs such as Tu Solo Tu.
Bergara certainly has the voice but also quite noticeably the same bubbly stage presence and audience participation that Selena was well known for. Her rendition of Que Creias was so moving that the audience singing along with her was very audible. The band closed out the set with personal favorite Techno Cumbia.
The entire environment is what made this a great show. There were moments that were emotional for both the audience and the band. The crowd was made up of all kinds of people of all ages. Those who were young adults and were having nostalgic childhood moments, adults nostalgic of a different era. Up at the front were a bunch of mothers out holding and dancing with their daughters as they both sang along. It's gratifying and surprising (though it shouldn't be) to see an entire generation who grew up in a time where Selena wasn't alive but her music very much was, a trait passed down from their mothers and families. Will these daughters pass their love for the Tejano queen down to their daughters, and so on?