Tejano Music Awards will make in-person return this fall at San Antonio's Tech Port Arena
July 6, 2022
The 42nd Annual Tejano Music Awards will take place in November at San Antonio's Tech Port Center + Arena, officials said Wednesday, unveiling plans for the first in-person version of the ceremony since 2019.
Over the past two years, the event, previously staged at the Alamodome, was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's installment, set for Nov. 26, will also mark its debut at Tech Port, the 3,200-seat South Side venue that opened in May.
"There's a lot of people that are excited to return back to in-person events," District 4 City Councilwoman Adriana Garcia said at a press conference announcing the plans. "I'm looking forward to everybody celebrating and dancing together."
The event's new location at Tech Port, located on the grounds of the former Kelly Air Force Base, is a homecoming for Tejano music and culture, Port San Antonio Board Chair Chris Alderete said.
"We are here on the grounds of the former Kelly Airforce Base, where many employees, mainly Latinos, would commute here to come to work here at Kelly Air Force Base — now Port San Antonio," he said. "And on their way on their commute, guess what they were listening to? Tejano music."
Alderte added: "I look at it personally, as it's coming home. Coming home to the Southwest part of our city, and to celebrate all the great artists that will be playing."
That homecoming was celebrated by three-time Grammy-winning Tejano artist Sunny Sauceda, who performed following the press conference.