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  • Posted on Wed Feb 5, 2014
    If it is February, it means it is time for another fun-packed weekend of puro conjunto at the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival held at the Austin Moose Lodge. Bring the family! You can find more information on admission (daily tickets or weekend passes), lodging options and other frequently asked questions over at Rancho Alegre. Texas Folklife is proud to serve as a sponsor of the Rancho Alegre...
  • Posted on Mon Oct 28, 2013
    There are a number of conjunto festivals throughout the state, and the Veterano Conjunto Festival organized by musician Linda Escobar stands out for its emphasis on honoring Mexican-American military veterans and providing scholarships to young musicians.  The festival was subject of a chapter by border archivist Margaret Dorsey and Miguel Diaz-Barriga in the book, Transnational Encounters:...
  • Posted on Mon Oct 28, 2013
    Yesterday Cristina Balli and I met up with Dust to Digital founder Lance Ledbetter at Carnitas Uruapan in San Antonio's West Side, where legendary accordionist Santiago Jimenez, Jr. plays conjunto each week.  Ledbetter was in the Central Texas area for the Austin Record Convention, where he featured Dust to Digital's extensive catalogue of regional folk and traditional music...
  • Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013
    Conjunto Music What is Conjunto Style Accordion? The Spanish word conjunto refers not only to a musical style but also to the group of musicians that plays that style. On any weekend, conjunto can be heard from car stereos, juke boxes, bars, dance halls, and community centers across South Texas. Formerly little-known outside the circle of working-class Mexicanos who...
  • Posted on Tue Oct 15, 2013
    Texas Folklife was proud to partner with the Trinity River Audubon Center in Dallas to wish a buen viaje to the monarch butterflies as they migrated south through Texas to their final destination in the forests of Michoacan, Mexico.  To celebrate the occasion, the TRAC held a festival with a variety of presentations on butterflies and Latino-themed cultural programs, like the...
  • Posted on Tue Oct 1, 2013
    Texas Folklife just returned from our nation’s capital after having the great honor of presenting for the third time for American Folklife Center’s Homegrown Concert Series. Our first time was in 2009 when we brought legendary blues guitarist Barbara Lynn and her band from Beaumont, TX. We were invited back last year to present Los Tres Reyes, the kings of trio music and were...
  • Posted on Thu May 2, 2013
    In collaboration with a team of youth reporters at Texas Folklife‘s summer radio workshop “Stories from Deep in the Heart,” KUTX produced a story chronicling some of the Garza/Torres family’s adventures and exploring the ways the conjunto tradition has been handed down from parents to children. AISD students Arlette Flores, Jennifer Gonzalez, Roberto Hernandez, and Steven Ugalde took the lead on...
  • Posted on Tue Apr 30, 2013
    Without fail each year the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest brings a pleasant surprise, and this year (2013) it was eleven year-old Juan Duenes from Brownsville.  To my astonishment I heard a Celtic jig coming from the stage, and it was little Juanito openining up his audition song with a tune by Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, before smoothly transitioning to Tejano Conjunto.  The...
  • Posted on Thu Apr 7, 2011
    David Lee Garza is a legendary GRAMMY Award winning accordionist of traditional Texas music.  Also following a family tradition, Garza’s musician father Tony first formed the band with his sons David Lee and Adam in 1968 as David Lee Garza y Su Conjunto, later adding son Richard on bass.  Their debut recording, under the same name, was released in 1972.  Their first recording as...
  • Posted on Wed Jan 21, 2009
    Weslaco, Texas native Roel Flores saw his first cotton field – and began picking what he initially thought was cotton candy – at age 6. The first-generation American son of Mexican immigrants was 15 when he became a full-time migrant worker and began playing bajo-sexto with a conjunto band on weekends. He began conveying his experiences via canvas only 12 years ago, filling his paintings with...

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