PACfest 2013 brings San Antonio music scene to Palo Alto College

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By Henry M. Martinez Jr.

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Palo Alto College brings Fiesta San Antonio to the South Side for PACfest 2013.

The event is at 10:45 a.m.- 9 p.m. April 25 at Palo Alto, 1400 W. Villaret Blvd. The event is alcohol free and family-friendly. It is projected to have 6,000 to 9,000 guests.

After 4 p.m., parking is $5 without a current Alamo Colleges parking permit.

Award-winning Tejano musician and San Antonio native Jay Perez, also called “The Voice” by his fans, will be headlining the night.

In the Tejano Music Awards, Perez was named Male Vocalist of the Year in 2000, 2003-2008 and 2010.

Miss Fiesta 2005, Erica Gonzaba, will serve as mistress of ceremonies.

PACfest brings together the diversity of San Antonio’s music scene by showcasing eight acts spanning genres from mariachi to southern rock.

Mariachi Palomino, Palo Alto’s own mariachi group, will be the first to kick off the festivities.

Also scheduled to perform are indie rock trio Pop Pistol; the top three contenders of PAC’s Got Talent and Elora and Gasoline Alley Female rock trio; Heather Go Psycho; country/southern rock group Mario Flores & Soda Creek Band; and Bombasta.

Along with music, there also will be about “35 food art and craft vendors participate in the event,” said Carmen Velasquez, director of student engagement and retention for Palo Alto.

Generations Federal Credit Union, Wells Fargo, AARP, Schneider Electric and Gonzaba Medical Group help sponsor PACfest.

Since 2003, PACfest has been officially sanctioned a Fiesta San Antonio event.

The event is free, open to the public and guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

For more information, call the office of student engagement and retention at 210-486-3125 or visit Alamo.edu/pac/pacfest2013/.

PACfest bands

Mariachi Palomino 10:45 a.m.

Pop Pistol 11:30 a.m.

PAC’s Got Talent Winners and Elora and the Gasoline Alley Band 1 p.m.

Heather GoPsycho 2:30 p.m.

Mario Flores & Soda Creek Band 4 p.m.

Bombasta 5:30 p.m.

Jay Perez 7:30 p.m.

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