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Taco Fest announces 2020 music, food vendor lineups

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Girl in a Coma is reuniting for one show only at Taco Fest 2020.

Girl in a Coma is reuniting for one show only at Taco Fest 2020.

Photo: File Photo

Girl in a Coma is reuniting for one show only at Taco Fest 2020.

Girl in a Coma is reuniting for one show only at Taco Fest 2020.

Photo: File Photo

Taco Fest announces 2020 music, food vendor lineups

A reunited Girl in a Coma and Mexican folk singer Lila Downs top the music lineup for the third Taco Fest: Music y Mas, which will be April 4 at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s downtown campus.

The music lineup and food vendors for the festival were announced Tuesday morning.

It’s been a couple of years since Downs, who fuses traditional Mexican music and pop on albums like her 2019 release “Al Chile,” has played San Antonio.

San Antonio rock trio Girl in a Coma announced it had broken up in 2018, with singer Nina Diaz pursuing her solo project and Phanie Diaz and Jenn Alva regrouping in Fea. According to the band’s Facebook page, the Taco Fest show will be a “ONE SHOW ONLY” event.

Also on the music bill are conjunto ace Santiago Jimenez Jr., who has a new album, “El Chief,” in the can; Corpus Christi DJ El Dusty; Salt Cathedral, a New York-based band with roots in Colombia; and West Coast punk pioneers the Zeros.

The lineup is more far-reaching than the festival’s first two years.

“We’ve had a couple of acts come in from California before, but the expansion this year will definitely allow us to bring in more bands from across the country,” Jim Mendiola, the festival’s programmer, said via email. “We also make a point to include local and regional acts in our lineup.”

The first two festivals took place at La Villita, which is undergoing redevelopment. Mendiola said the festival also had reached capacity at that site.

“We wanted a venue that could let us grow and stay downtown,” he said. “The UTSA Downtown campus filled those needs and more. It’s is a beautiful venue with fantastic facilities, lots of trees, visibility to the highway, and it will allow us to grow our audience and expand our programming for the future. Plus this is San Antonio, and we have lots of great parking now for festival-goers.”

More than 30 area restaurants and food trucks will be represented at the festival, including Chela’s Tacos, La Botánica, Mister Diablo Taco Truck and Sanchos Cantina.

Tickets are on sale at the festival’s website, tacocapitaloftheworld.com.

Taco Fest, part food festival and part alt-Latino music festival, launched in 2018 in the slot on the city’s festival schedule that once was home to the Maverick Music Festival.

Jim Kiest is the arts and entertainment editor for the San Antonio Express-News. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jkiest@express-news.net | Twitter: @jimik64

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