San Antonio Symphony Honors Tejano Music Legend Emilio Navaira with Navaira Brothers

It’s been almost three years since the world lost a Tejano music legend – Emilio Navaira. So many of us Tejanos have fond memories of his music playing in the background of our family gatherings, on the dance floor of weddings and quinceñeras, and in the car on family road trips. Honestly, I still listen to his music today but I never thought I’d hear it performed by the San Antonio Symphony. A Tribute to Emilio Navaira is happening, Queridos!
This week, Navaira’s music will continue to live on with the San Antonio Symphony and Guest conductor Troy Peters, music director of the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio. Peters will lead the Symphony in A Tribute to Emilio Navaira. Navaira’s own sons Diego and Emilio IV will sing and play alongside his original backing band members, Peters, and the Symphony. Highlights include favorites Bailando Contigo, ¿Donde Andará?, Cómo le haré, and It’s Not the End of the World, all arranged for orchestra by Troy Peters.
This special performance will be on Thursday, January 31, 8 PM at the Tobin Center. Get your tickets online at

Navaira Brothers

Emilio IV and Diego Navaira have followed in their father’s footsteps as talented musicians. Their band, The Last Bandoleros, just wrapped up a tour in Germany and before that they were on tour with Sting. The Last Bandoleros music is a good mix of Tex-Mex, Country, Rock-n-Roll and a bit of pop. Take a listen to this song dedicated to their father. 
Emilio Navaira left us all his music to continue to make memories with our own families. Still, I wonder if his bigger gifts are the talent and passion for music he gave his sons. You can find the Navaira brothers performing with another San Antonio favorite band Buttercup at Francis Bogside on January 29: Buttercup + the Navaira Brothers – Free Show Facebook Event.

[closed] GIVEAWAY – Two Tickets to A Tribute to Emilio Navaira

UDPATE: THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. A WINNER HAS BEEN SELECTED. I’m giving away TWO tickets to see A Tribute to Emilio Navaira! Entering is easy …  For a chance to win, leave a comment below and tell me your favorite Emilio Navaira song or your favorite San Antonio Symphony concert! Extra entries: FACEBOOK: Go like and comment on this post on my Facebook page (let me know in the comments you completed this) INSTAGRAM: Follow @QueMeansWhat on Instagram  (let me know in the comments you completed this) *Winner will be randomly chosen on Tuesday, January 29 at 11:59 p.m. 

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Original content creator for ¿Qué Means What? Texas Latina mom blogger celebrating culture in education, entertainment and family life.

8 Responses

  1. Emily Chavez says:

    My daughter plays “Even If I Tried” on her guitar so that would have to be a favorite in our house!

  2. Veronica Nino says:

    My favorite song is “Naciste Para Mi”

  3. Martha Nino says:

    Como le haré one of my faves

  4. Hope Seda says:

    I Loved listening and dancing to all his songs Emilio you will never forgotten RIP.

  5. Yadhira Lozano says:

    Como le Hare is my favorite! We just honored him by inducting him into the Conjunto Hall of Fame. It was so moving.

  6. Alejandra Arvizo says:

    Emilio navaira – esperando su llamada

  7. Araceli m says:

    There’s so many! Ella es así

  8. Melanie Mendez-Gonzales says:


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