After producing this event for 60+ years, we know that many people come to NIOSA year after year for the entertainment… and we don't want to mess with success, so our favorite performers are coming back this year.
San Antonio, TX (Vocus) February 4, 2010
"A Night In Old San Antonio® (NIOSA®)," one of the nation’s largest historic preservation festivals, announces its exceptional entertainment lineup for 2010 and the return of nearly all of NIOSA favorites from last year’s presentation, including local favorites such as the Mo-Dels, the Cone Sisters and Small World.
Slated for April 20-23, 2010, NIOSA features 17 acts from almost every major musical genre, reflecting the event’s dedication to the celebration of cultural diversity.
“After producing this event for 60 years, we know that many people come to NIOSA year after year for the entertainment…and we don’t want to mess with success, so our favorite performers are coming back this year,” says Nancy Avellar, Chairman, A Night In Old San Antonio. “In fact, many of our performers—like The Mo-Dels, Lonesome Louie, Bobby Baker & the Longnecks, and Ballet Folklorico—have been with us since the 1980s. However, Bene Medina and his popular conjunto band win the prize for performing at NIOSA for 42 straight years!”
“At this time, all that is needed is a traditional German Oompah/polka band for the Sauerkraut Bend area,” Avellar adds.
Kicking off the celebration this year will be a short opening parade at 5:30 p.m. which winds throughout La Villita, and includes many local, state and national civic leaders, as well as members of Fiesta royalty such as Rey Feo and King Antonio.
The full entertainment lineup for NIOSA 2010 includes:
- Arneson Theater: The Cone Sisters, country western, contemporary, 40s and 50s (every night from 5:30-7:45 p.m.) and the Mo-Dels, classic rock (every night, 8-10:30 p.m.)
- French Quarter: Small World, swinging vocal jazz covering a wide range of styles (every night from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.) and 3 Stepz, contemporary jazz and pop (every night from 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.)
- Froggy Bottom: Grateful Geezers, R&B, blues and jazz (every night, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m)
- Frontier Town: The Sundown Band, country western (every night, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.)
- Haymarket: Conjunto Bene Medina, traditional Tejano (every night, 5:30-10:30 p.m.)
- Irish Flats: Campbell & Wilson, Irish folk music (every night, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.)
- International Walkway: Lonesome Louie, country western, blues, waltz and polka (every night 5:30-10:30 p.m.)
- Main Street: Giant Three, jazz, swing, Americana (every night on the main stage, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.); Poor J. Brown Band, “Hill Country Soul” with blends of blues, funk, country, soul, rap and reggae (every night in the Gazebo 5:30-10:30 p.m.)
- Mexican Market: Ballet Folklorico, traditional folklorico dancers (every night, 5:30-10:30 p.m.); Karizma, Tejano, 60's, 70's, Funk, Country, Latin Rock, Oldies; (every night 5:30-10:30 p.m.)
- Mission Trail: Bobby Baker & The Long Necks, country/western (every night 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.)
- Sauerkraut Bend: Cadence Cloggers, Appalachian dance floor entertainment (every night, at 6:30 and 8 p.m.); traditional Oompah/polka (every night, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.)
- Villa Espana: Revival Brothers, rhythm & blues (every night, 5:30 – 10:30 p.m.)
What: NIOSA® is a four-night event spread over five acres that celebrates San Antonio’s diverse cultural heritage through food, music, games, decorations and dance for more than 80,000 revelers. Through the magic of more than 250 food, drink and atmosphere booths, more than 20 live musical acts, decorations, costumed volunteers, collectibles, party goers and cascarones, NIOSA brings the city’s heritage alive in 15 areas (Arneson Theatre, Chinatown, Clown Alley, French Quarter, Froggy Bottom, Frontier Town, Haymarket, International Walkway, Irish Flat, Main Street USA, Mexican Market, Mission Trail, Sauerkraut Bend, South of the Border and Villa España). It is held on the grounds of the La Villita National Historic District–the 18th century Spanish neighborhood set on the banks of the San Antonio River in the heart of downtown San Antonio.
When: Tuesday through Friday, April 20-23, 2010, from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Even though the gates close and alcohol beverage sales stop at 10 p.m. nightly, food sales and entertainment continue until 10:30 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets are sold at the NIOSA gates for $12 for adults and $2 for children six to 12 years, with free admission for children five years and under. Discount tickets are available online at http://www.niosa.org through April 9, 2010; visit the website for locations selling discount tickets through April 23.
Info: Visit http://www.niosa.org or call (210) 226-5188 for more information.