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.
Credit: Christine Bolaños
“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.
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.
Selena continues to make moves on the charts decades after her death. The late-singer landed a No. 1 position on the Billboard Vinyl charts again because of her “Ones” rerelease.
Selena is on top of the charts again with an album rerelease.
“Ones,” a collection of Selena’s top hits, was re-released on vinyl and the rapid sale of the vinyl set launched the album to No. 1 on the Billboards vinyl chart. The chart has only been around for 9 years and Selena is already dominating.
People are very lucky to have received their limited-edition vinyl.
Who doesn’t like to experience Selena’s music on vinyl with a new crop top? It is the only correct outfit to wear when you are feeling yourself to the sounds of Selena.
Selena fans are so happy to see their favorite still making news.
It doesn’t take much to make Selena fans excited. It is easy to argue that the late-singer has a very excited and mobilized base of fans. People have kept her legacy and her fame alive all these years.
Now Selena fans want to see the rest of her albums re-released.
Just picture it. A world where you can get all of Selena’s albums released again as vinyl. What a wonderful world that would be, huh? Nothing like having a chance to buy more Selena merch because, tbh, you can never have enough.
Let’s take one more moment to admire this beautiful vinyl.
It is beautiful and glorious. The vinyl set is something we will always remember. Honestly, it is what la reina deserves.
During her short life, Selena Quintanilla accomplished more than most manage to do in a lifetime. She conducted hundreds of tours, made performances on TV and movies, and often alongside some of the biggest names in music and entertainment.
Here’s a look at 20 famous stars who met Selena including Garth Brooks and Marlon Brando.
1. Selena and Ricky Martin
Selena and Ricky Martin presented together at the Premios Lo Nuestro in 1992. In the years since her death, Martin went on to win two Billboard Music Awards in 1993 and 1999, and has even appeared in a few movies and television shows.
2. Selena and Gloria Estefan
During her life as a performer, the queen of Tejano music expressed her love and admiration for Cuban singer Gloria Estefan. On the same night in that Selena presented with Ricki Martin in 1992, the singer got to meet the former Miami Sound Machine lead. In 2005, Estefan covered Selena’s “I Could Fall In Love” for a tribute.
3. Selena and Mario Lopez
In a Twitter post to his account, the former “Saved By The Bell” actor shared a sweet picture of him with Selena writing “#TBT Early 90’s with Selena Quintanilla at a Tejano event. She looked beautiful & I wore a red coat & a hideous tie.”
4. Selena and Lorena Herrera
The Tejano singer posed next to the Mexican singer and actress after another performance. Herrera has spent most of her career acting in telenovelas and singing. During the 90s, around the time that this photo was taken, the singer was starring on shows like “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino” and “El Premio Mayor.”
5. Selena and Garth Brooks
The Tejano singer had been a huge fan of country singer Garth Brooks. In 1990 the rising star, took a photo with the singer.
6. Selena & Freddy Fender
Selena took a photo alongside Mexican-American Tejano country legend Freddy Fender back in the 90s.
7. Selena with Rick Nelson & Freddy Fender
Selena sang alongside one of her biggest Tejano heroes and the American rock and roll star Rick Nelson.
8. Selena & Daisy Fuentes
Cuban American television host and comedian took a photo with Selena back in the late 90s during the height of their careers.
9. Selena and Marlon Brando
Back in 1994, Selena Quintanilla graced the screen in a cameo appearance in “Don Juan DeMarco.” The film starred Marlon Brando who she is pictured with above as well as Johnny Depp and Faye Dunaway.
10. Selena and Ramiro Delgado
In 1994, Selena made an appearance on the popular telenovela ‘Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.” For two episodes the Mexican-American shared the scene with Ramiro Delgado, Gaby Platas and Lupe Esparza.
11. Selena, Tweety and Bugsbunny
During a Univision party in Las Vegas, back in 1992, Selena took photos with Tweety and Bugs Bunny.
12. Selena and Minnie Mouse
Selena took photos with Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck after a 1992 performance at Disneyland in 1992. Of course, for her big moment she wore her famous jeweled bustier.
13. Selena and Bonnie Brait
Selena had a long list of celebrities she admired and the legendary definitely Bonnie Raitt topped it. At the 1995 Grammys just weeks before Selena’s death, the Tejano queen got to meet her musical favorite and take this photo.
14. Vicente Fernández
Quintanilla had long been a fan of the legend, Vicente Fernández when she first took a photo with the Mexican singer and actor back in the 90s. No doubt, by her smile, her moment to shine next to El Rey de la Música Ranchera was a huge one.
15. Selena and El Buki
These two gave us major hair goals back in the 90s when they posed for this photo.
16. Selena and Grupo Bronco
Selena posed alongside Selena after performing together on the Televisa soap opera “Dos Mujeres, Un Camino.”
17. Selena and Barrio Boyzz
In 1994, Selena joined forces with the America Latin pop quintet the Barrio Boyzz for the song “Donde Quiera Que Estés.” After recording the song, the Barrio Boyzz joined Selena on a mini tour throughout Mexico and Texas.
18. Selena and Veronica Castro
During a visit to Monterrey in 1992, Quintanilla did an interview with Verónica Castro.
19. Selena and Cristina Saralegui
Latinx who think Latinos who don’t speak Spanish better take a moment and learn. Selena struggled to learn Spanish for years until she became an international and decided to learn the language completely. During an interview on Cristina’s show Selena spoke in Spanish and charmed her fans.
20. Selena and Esai Morales
Years after he played Bob Morales in the 1987 biopic “La Bamba” and years before he went onto act in NYPD Blue, Esai Morales was posing next to Selena Quintanilla as a fan.
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