About The Show
Oktobinfest is an exploration and celebration of the cultural blend that makes San Antonio great, and it’s free!
On October 30th, 2021, 2pm -7pm the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts is throwing a party featuring a polka and conjunto presentation by Los Texmaniacs with Flaco Jimenez featuring Off The Grid! The musicians, along with music teacher and ethnomusicologist Amy Beckman, will present an informative and exciting program sure to thrill all ages at 4pm, with additional pop up performances throughout the day.
The event also features crafts, art and food that highlights the cultural richness of our region, resulting in a collaborative and educational conversation between Mexican conjunto and German polka that communicates our historical connections and celebrates diversity of our city.
Texas is as diverse as its population! The Tobin Center celebrates San Antonio’s history and its own unique style. Our state is the birthplace of conjunto, a mix of traditional Mexican music and European polkas. When Texas-born Tejanos adopted German dance and musical styles, they created a musical genre that reflects the cultural heritage of both communities.
Key to this connection is the accordion. Conjunto evolved into Tejano music, which incorporates brass and electronic music, bringing fame to such performers as Flaco Jimenez, Oscar Martinez, and Selena.
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We are celebrating the fusion of Mexican and German cultural heritage that makes San Antonio special!
Do you have family that immigrated from Germany or Mexico in the late 1800's? Do you have any stories or family pictures from your ancestors that celebrate their Mexican or German musical, dance, or artistic pursuits? Whether it's polka, conjunto, dance, embroidery, or other arts that brought the community together, we want to know.
Upload photo(s) or video(s) of your family members telling their cultural stories to HERE.
Your story may be featured in our community celebration!