Go Tejano Day at RodeoHouston will always hold a special place in my heart. Growing up, my mom would always save just enough money to buy us tickets to the rodeo every year for this day. I was present at those famous performances by Selena in the early '90 and have seen the shift happen from Tejano to Norteño to Banda, and have had countless discussions about the life and death of Tejano music.
The important thing to realize is that Go Tejano Day is not specific to Tejano music; the real purpose is the celebration of vaqueros and the Texan way of life for those of Mexican-American descent. As long as we can all come together and celebrate as a family and a culture, the music itself should remain secondary.
Which is why I make it a point to keep an open mind and support Go Tejano Day. And every year, the rewards I see and feel from attending is far greater than the regret of not hearing Tejano music at RodeoHouston.