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The City Of Austin Just Honored This Selena Cover Band With Their Own Day

Bidi Bidi Banda, a Selena tribute band leaving a huge mark in the southwest, was honored with its own day during a recent Austin City Council meeting.

Mayor Steve Adler declared June 22 Bidi Bidi Banda Day in recognition of the band’s influence in the community and its contributions to Austin’s continued reputation as “Live Music Capital of the World.”

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The Selena cover band who calls itself “Austin’s first all-star Selena Tribute” is made up of lead singer and Austin native, Stephanie Bergara, lead guitarist Rene Chavez, Marcus Morales on the trumpet and backup vocals, Frank Ramirez on drums and percussion, Rocky Reyna on bass and backing vocals, Luis Sanchez on the keyboard, Joshua Thomson on the saxophone and Haydn Vitera is on the violin and backup vocals.

“To be recognized by the mayor and city council for not only the music but the legacy of Selena is a huge deal for us and the Selena community,” said Stephanie. “She is still as relevant today as she was more than 20 years ago.”

Austin’s mayor delivered the announcement in a very  adorable way.

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“The band’s interpretation of Selena’s greatest hits are going to leave you absolutely belting out lyrics, doing the washing machine and reliving the greatness of the queen of Tejano music,” said Austin City Mayor Steve Adler.

Before receiving their proclamation from Austin’s mayor, the band performed at a Selena movie screening earlier this week and at a fundraiser for an immigration advocacy group.

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Just after receiving their proclamation the Bidi Bidi Banda performed a full set for a worthy event: Dancing Away Detention. The event is an annual fundraiser for immigration advocacy group Grassroots Leadership to support the Hutto Visitation Program and Family Detention Programs. The organization raises funds every year to “support volunteer orientations, training community volunteers to break the isolation of detention, monitor the human rights conditions in the facility, and to build advocates for closing the unjust detention systems as a whole.”

It’s important for us as a band to pick and choose the events and causes we want to support, said Stephanie Bergara.

Advocacy work would make Selena proud.

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“It’s important that guys get paid but it’s also important that we a group support the causes and the people we are performing for,” Stephanie said.

Bidi Bidi Banda is wrapping up a busy week before hitting the road for a national tour and representing the southwest at the National Council Of La Raza’s Annual Conference July 9.

The band will take a much-needed winter break as Stephanie prepares to be a new mommy.


READ: If You Love Selena’s ‘Si Una Vez,’ Here’s A Bilingual Cover Featuring Becky G, Frankie J and Kap-G

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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Lawmakers Want To Include ‘Selena’ In The National Film Registry

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“Selena” is one of the most influential and impactful movies of our generation. We all remember watching Jennifer Lopez embody the Tejana queen of music. The 1997 biopic is a classic and there is finally talk of including it in the National Film Registry.

“Selena” is one of the most impactful movies of our childhoods.

The 1997 movie was something that we watched over and over when we were younger. We sang the songs and basically learned all of the lines of this movie. It is arguably one of the first times we saw our culture and one of our icons’ stories told for the masses.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is pushing for “Selena” to officially be recognized.

Movies are a crucial part of telling the full story of American life. The National Film Registry is a list of movies that are honored for their cultural impact. “Real Women Have Curves,” “West Side Story,” and “Zoot Suit” are all part of the National Film Registry. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, is the chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and wrote a letter asking for the consideration of “Selena.”

“As a next step, we also wish to formally nominate the 1997 film ‘Selena’ for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 2021,” reads the letter. “Directed by Gregory Nava and starring Jennifer Lopez and Edward James Olmos, the film depicts the life, remarkable rise, and tragic death of Tejana music star Selena Quintanilla.”

There is a lot of hope that the Library of Congress will make this happen.

Selena represents that first major and successful jumps from the Latino market to the mainstream that many of us can remember. We finally had someone who looked like us and understood our cultural struggles in a real way. Our story was being told and the film about the music icon was so important in guiding some of us through our own cultural struggles.

“The film also touches on important themes of cultural identity and assimilation faced by Mexican American communities as they navigate their personal connections to two cultures and languages,” the letter continues to explain. “The film has become a beloved icon of Latino culture and has found widespread mainstream success, proving once and for all that Latino stories are American stories.”

Selena is the kind of cultural phenomenon that comes once in a lifetime.

The singer was able to build an impressive legacy that has endured for longer than she was alive. We were raised with her music and told her story over and over to keep us all tuned in to the fact that we could do anything. If Selena could break into the mainstream audience, we could all be that successful.

“Given its importance as a work of Latino cinema, we believe it is deserving of preservation at the Library of Congress. We trust you will give ‘Selena’ careful consideration, and hope to see it included in the titles added to the National Film Registry in 2021,” Rep. Castro further explains in the letter. “We also expect to identify other films which feature the American Latino experience and urge you to devote careful consideration to Latino films when considering films for the registry as well.”

Here’s hoping that “Selena” gets the official recognition it clearly deserves.

We all have our fingers crossed that this movie will earn its place in the National Film Registry because it deserves that kind of praise.

READ: Part 2 Of “Selena: The Series” Has Already Finished Filming And Here’s Everything We Know About The Next Season

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Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’ Leads To Massive Increase In Spotify Streams Of La Reina’s Music

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Netflix’s ‘Selena: The Series’ Leads To Massive Increase In Spotify Streams Of La Reina’s Music

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Selena has been dead longer than she was alive, yet her legendary status is only strengthening. La Reina de Tejano Music continues to reign supreme and the latest Spotify Wrapped proves it. Streams of Selena’s music skyrocketed this year and we love to see it.

Selena’s music continues to spread around the world in 2020.

Selena’s music is timeless. Her heartfelt music, in English and Spanish, has transcended culture and race to speak to people around the world. Twenty-five years after her death, Selena fans are still going strong and passing that legacy down to the younger generations. The new Netflix series has reignited that love of Selena to incredibly high proportions.

Streams of Selena’s music on Spotify increased 260 percent.

That’s not a typo. People streamed Selena’s song 260 percent more than the month before because of the timelessness of this singing queen. The spike in Selena streams come after “Selena: The Series” was released on Netflix. The family-approved tv show received a lot of backlash from Selena fans because of the wigs and storyline. However, the show did bring music lovers back to her.

Fans are proud to have helped Selena break this record.

According to Spotify, three songs were the most loved by Selena fans. Two of the songs had the biggest growth in listeners. Those two songs are “Como La Flor” and “Amor Prohibido,” which saw 250 percent and 150 percent increases, respectively. “El Chico del Apartamento 512” joined in to be the three Selena songs to break into the top 200 Spotify songs.

Once again, Selena proves that she is more than a queen of Tex-Mex, she is a queen of music.

The lasting legacy of Selena is something we are still talking about because it still matters. She has remained relevant decades after her death and that is not an easy feat. As 2020 comes to a close, it is impressive to know that Selena is still going strong.

READ: As The New Selena Series Comes Under Scrutiny, People Are Asking Where Is Selena’s Husband Chris Pérez Now?

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