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Conjunto festival draws artists from around state

October 16, 2013

YellowBrix

Oct. 16--SAN BENITO -- Conjunto players from throughout Texas will perform this weekend at an event celebrating conjunto music.

The 22nd annual Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Conjunto Festival will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, 225 E. Stenger St.

Rogelio T. Nunez, director of the festival, said 17 conjunto groups from the Rio Grande Valley, Corpus Christi, Laredo, San Antonio, Austin and Houston are slated to perform this year.

"We dedicate this festival to our fallen conjunto pioneers, accordionists Ernesto Guerra and Enrique 'Flaco' Naranjo," Nunez said. "Come and enjoy three days of live music by 17 of the best Texas Mexican conjuntos."

The festivities will include food and beverages, and, of course, music and dancing.

Pioneering musicians like Ramiro Cavazos, 87, of Los Donnenos, as well as Gilberto Perez, Eddie "Lalo" Torres and Bene Medina will be performing.

It will be the first time that conjunto artist Boni Mauricio performs his unique conjunto style at this festival.

Several female conjunto players, including Mickey Mendoza, Clemencia Zapata, Susan Torres and Anita Paiz, will perform.

"From Laredo, our sister city on the Texas Mexican Border sound, we will feature the music of Edgar Vasquez," according to a press release for the festival. "The sound of Conjunto Aztlan will represent the spirituality of El Movimiento Chicano."

Admission for each day will be $5.

No outside beverages or food will be allowed. Seating is limited, so visitors are free to bring their own chairs.

For more information, call Nunez at 956-367-0335.

twhitehead@valleystar.com

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