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NARCISO MARTINEZ CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

LOS FRESNOS, TEXAS

(956) 367-0335

October 7, 8 & 9, 2022

Los Fresnos Memorial Park

900 N. Arroyo Blvd.

Admission: 

$10 Per Day / $25 for 3 days!

The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the 29th Annual Conjunto Festival. This 3-day event is a one-of-a-kind cultural program attracting attracting visitors from all around the Rio Grande Valley and beyond for a celebration of the best "in live" Texas Mexican Conjunto music.    


This year the festival will include 16 Conjunto Bands from the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio, Texas, and the Los Fresnos CISD Conjunto Nuevo Halcon and the Los Fresnos Elementary Conjunto.  


The Conjunto tradition rests on these Conjuntos.  The 29th Narciso Martinez Conjunto Festival is the longest running Conjunto festival in the Rio Grande Valley, and 1 of 2 festivals within the Conjunto musical genre in the nation.  The Narciso Martinez Conjunto Festival is the largest cultural production of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, which was founded on October 29, 1991, on Narciso Martinez’ 80th birthday.


Come and enjoy three days of live Conjunto music.  There will be dancing, food, beverages, and authentic South Texas driven hospitality. Bring your own chairs. NO OUTSIDE BEVERAGES OR FOOD WILL BE ALLOWED.   


Again, we look forward to a safe and healthy event.


The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center preserves, promotes and develops the rich cultural heritage of the Mexicano community through programs in the visual arts, music, theater, dance, and literature.

CONJUNTO FESTIVAL BAND LINE-UP

FRIDAY: October 7, 2022

SUNDAY: October 9, 2022

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Riley y Los Gilitos 

Cindy Ramos y Su Conjunto 

Gilberto Perez, Jr. y Su Conjunto

La Naturaleza

Max Baca & Los Texmaniacs 

For more information contact:  

Rogelio Núñez @ 956-367-0335, Yolanda Lopez @ 956-571-3325

or find us on Facebook

FRIDAY: October 7, 2022

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Ole Trevino y Su Conjunto

Conjunto Imprezzion

Grupo Azido

Isaac De Los Santos and Sangre Chicana

Morales Brothers

SATURDAY: October 8, 2022

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Los Fresnos CISD Conjunto Halcon & Los Fresnos Elementary Conjunto

Los D Boys 

Conjunto Cats

HACHE Tres

Epi Martinez & Friends 

Flavio Longoria & Conjunto Kings

Tejano Boys 

SUNDAY: October 9, 2022

The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center

Narciso Martinez photo

The Narcisco Martinez Cultural Arts Center is an organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and development of the rich, cultural heritage of the Mexican American community in the visual arts, music, theater, dance and literary works.

The Center, as it is known and referred to by many, opened its doors on Tuesday, October 29, 1991with a performance by Narciso Martinez on his 80th birthday; he played to a standing room crowd. The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center was named in his honor as the result of his philosophy of being a proud man of Mexican ancestry and working class origins; a man of the people who over the years gave of himself and his musical talents so that others could enjoy his contributions; a man who was willing to share his rich musical and Texas-Mexican border experience.

Narciso Martinez was born in 1911 in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, but lived most of his life near San Benito, Texas. He was the first successful conjunto artist to record hundreds of recordings. In 1935 Narciso on the accordion, teamed with bajo sexto player Santiago Almeida, they formed what would become one of the most successful accordion and bajo sexto duos of all time. In 1935 Narciso and Santiago recorded some of the most famous conjunto songs in the history of conjunto music, the polka “La Chicharronera” and the schottische “El Tronoconal” on the Blue Record label. The results of these two recordings were outstanding, thus making Narciso Martinez one of the most prolific and well known conjunto musicians after 1935. The epithet “El Huracán del Valle” was given to him in recognition of the great storm his music created.

Narciso Martinez led the evolution of a new style of accordion driven music, until his death at the age of 80 in 1992. He represents a major historical presence not only in the Rio Grande Valley, but all over the country. Narciso recorded through 1992 before falling ill, and performed at various events both locally and state-wide. In 1983 he received the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment of the Humanities in Washington, D.C.

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P. O. BOX 471, SAN BENITO, TEXAS 78586

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