Date of Degree
Data Analysis & Visualization
Cultural History | Digital Humanities
San Antonio, Texas, Westside, Chicano, Mexican, Tejano, Chicano, Soul, Conjunto, Mariachi, R&B, Blues, Doo-Wap, Jazz, Accordion, Military, Ethnicity, Census, Culture, History
The westside of San Antonio, Texas fostered a uniquely diverse musical landscape throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, demonstrating the results of cross-cultural exchanges reflected in music. From Conjunto and Ranchera music, to R&B and Jazz, a wide range of music genres was celebrated in the historic westside, eventually shaping the birth of the area’s own Westside Sound, which remains a staple in many Chicano communities to date. Despite the cultural significance and rich history, the historic westside’s musical past remains widely unknown, often overshadowed by research and documentation surrounding the area’s violent history with gang networks and crime.
Committed to promoting the unique musical landscape of San Antonio’s historic westside during the 1950’s and 1960’s, El Ritmo del Westside offers audiences a look back in time to explore the area through a different lens, focused on the diverse sounds of the time. Through a narrative and exploratory website, the project provides historical context on factors that shaped the social life, culture and, ultimately, the music. The culmination of this project is a story map that showcases places within the westside’s musical landscape through text, photos, and videos.
Alderete, Valeria, "El Ritmo del Westside: Exploring the Musical Landscape of San Antonio’s Historic Westside" (2022). CUNY Academic Works.