The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center proudly presents the 28th Annual Conjunto Festival. This 2-day event is a one-of-a-kind cultural program attracting over 2,000 people for a celebration of the best in live Texas Mexican Conjunto music.
This year the festival will include 13 Conjuntos from the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio, Texas. The 13-band line-up is filled with the most highly skilled musicians who continue to maintain the Conjunto music tradition alive. The line-up includes beginning musicians to the older musicians who are ready to bring Conjunto lovers to the dance floor for a great time.
The Conjunto tradition rests on these Conjuntos. The 28th 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 two 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.
We look forward to a safe and healthy event. We will follow all COVID-19 protocols.
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.
October 15, 2021
Juan Lugo y Su Conjunto
Eddie “Lalo” Torres y Su Conjunto
David Martinez Y Su Conjunto
Los Fantasmas Del Valle
Ruben De La Cruz y Su Conjunto
October 15, 2021
5:30 PM: Juan Lugo y Su Conjunto
6:30 PM: Eddie “Lalo” Torres y Su Conjunto
7:30 PM: La Clica
8:30 PM: David Martinez Y Su Conjunto
9:30 PM: Los Fantasmas Del Valle
10:30 PM: Ruben De La Cruz y Su Conjunto
Conjunto Festival Line-Up
October 16, 2021
4:30 PM: Conjunto Halcón (Los Fresnos High School)
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.