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