NARCISO MARTINEZ CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

LOS FRESNOS, TEXAS

ABOUT US

¡Bienvenidos!

To our Conjunto Fans and our first-time visitors, “BIENVENIDOS!”   “A Special Thanks” to those of you who follow us year after year, rain or shine. Let’s make 2018 a year to remember and wish for a greater future in the years to come.

This year, The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center celebrates its 26th Annual Conjunto Festival in the great City of Los Fresnos.  As Director of the NMCAC, I want to personally thank each and everyone one of our sponsors for their generosity.  It is people like you that make a difference and we greatly appreciate you!

I would like to take this opportunity to elaborate some on the musical genre of Conjunto Music .  The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center celebrates its 26th Annual Conjunto Festival in Los Fresnos, Texas.  There have been comments that the Conjunto Festival “belongs” in San Benito, Texas.  And while we may agree with this sentiment, we feel strongly that the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center and the Conjunto Festival has no boundaries.  Having said that, what we mean is that the musical genre of Conjunto music, a musical form forged on the Texas-Mexican Border in South Texas by working class people, belongs throughout the United States and beyond.  How so?  Let us explain.

As Conjunto music evolved in the Rio Grande Valley, the people who begin to attend musical presentations where Conjunto Music was being played were also evolving as a population.  The Mexican American population, a working class people were evolving into a migrant population who would follow the agricultural and industrial migrant trails.  Raza from the Rio Grande Valley went to the California, Oregon, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Arkansas, Oregon, Illinois and many other states.  And it was Conjuntos who would also follow the migrant streams to play for the Raza during the weekends.  Many from Rio Grande Valley in the 50’s and 60’s  went to the factories of Chicago and the Conjuntos also went to Chicago to play.  Los Fantasmas del Valle have recorded Bellos Recuerdos, a song which describes Raza following the migrant streams in los “cuarentas y cincuentas”.  Many Raza “settled out” and made their homes in these states away from the Valley.   Conjuntos continued to play to audiences to the remnants of the migrant stream and for those who were now residents of these states they had traveled to.

While the demographics of the migrant streams have changed and Texas Mexican conjuntos no longer follow the migrant stream, occasionally some conjuntos will play outside of Texas and likely at an event where individuals who have a connection to the Valley.  Therefore, Conjunto Music belongs everywhere in the United States and beyond.

Since the birth of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts on October 29, 1991, twenty-seven years ago we have worked very hard to create a quality cultural product.  We continue with our cultural programming that includes our 3rd Thursday Conjunto nights at the Historical La Villita Dance Hall, book readings, lectures, documentaries and the annual Conjunto festival.

In closing, and on behalf of The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, we want to thank the City of Los Fresnos, the Community Development Corporation , and the Chamber of Commerce for giving us the opportunity to bring the Conjunto Festival to their city.   We have received a very warm welcome since we began preparing for the festival in the beginning of 2018.  We are grateful for the hospitality and we look forward to the three days of the best in Conjunto Music.

Sincerely,

Rogelio T. Núñez

Director

P. O. Box 471, San Benito, Texas 78586

956.367.0335

© 2018 Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center.  All rights reserved.

NARCISO MARTINEZ

CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

LOS FRESNOS, TEXAS

NARCISO MARTINEZ

CULTURAL ARTS

CENTER

LOS FRESNOS, TEXAS

P. O. Box 471, San Benito, Texas 78586

956.367.0335

© 2018 Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center.

All rights reserved.