Parks and Recreation

Posted on: February 23, 2018

Entertainment Announcement for the 2018 Bloomin’ Temple Festival

Temple Parks & Recreation is pleased to announce that the Austin-based Latin artist, AJ Castillo, will perform on the CEFCO Stage at the 13th Annual Bloomin’ Temple Festival on Friday, April 27th.

AJ Castillo is known for his unique accordion sound and style, his energetic LIVE performances, and his extraordinary custom accordions. Having lent his musical talent to many artists through countless studio recordings and performances, in late 2008 he felt it was time to step to the front of the stage and introduce a fresh new sound that expanded the boundaries of accordion music. From the release of his debut CD in 2009 to his CD in 2014 (Sin Límites) that debuted on Billboard at #15 on the Latin Pop Albums chart to his most recent release in 2017, AJ is becoming a well-known accordionist, singer, song writer, performer, and producer.

A native of Austin, TX, and graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio, AJ was born to a musical family and was introduced to the accordion by his grandfather. He started playing the accordion at the age of 10 and began his professional music career at 13. Today, this young talented musician is reaching Latin music fans all over the world and is being recognized by professionals in the Latin music industry (as evidenced by his HOHNER, Inc. USA endorsement and his collaboration on the 2017 Latin Grammy Award winning Best Regional Song “Siempre Es Así”).

With the release of each consecutive project, AJ has taken his music to the next level and continues to amaze people with his ability to infuse different styles of music to create this new unique sound.

The 2018 Bloomin’ Temple Festival will be held at the new Martin Luther King Festival Fields located at 301 South 4th Street in downtown Temple. The festival, held Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th, will feature entertainment on two musical stages featuring acts in Hip Hop, Tejano, Red Dirt, and Country Music, a Kid’s Zone, carnival, arts & crafts vendors, food and much more!

Additional artist announcements will be made in the coming days. Please visit for the latest festival news and information, vendor and volunteer opportunities, as well as purchase festival tickets. For additional information on AJ Castillo, please visit