The Tejano Conjunto Festival, one of San Antonio’s most beloved cultural events, kicks off Tuesday with events through Sunday.
Santiago Jiménez Jr. received the National Medal of the Arts and Humanities “for expanding the horizons of American music” in September 2016.
It’s a word that immediately invokes the sound of an accordion and bajo sexto, the voices of ebullient children and just slightly tipsy tios giving thanks for the chance to revel and relax in the San Anto sun. Conjunto, stripped down simply means “a grouping, or integration,” but it means so much more to la gente of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s Tejano Conjunto Festival, going strong in its 35th year at Rosedale Park in San Antonio’s southwest side.
Get out your dancing boots and get ready for some accordion, bajo sexto, electric bass, and drum sounds, San Antonio, because the 35th annual Tejano Conjunto Festival is coming to the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Theater and Rosedale Park.
Two broken ribs and a hip aren’t enough too keep Flaco Jiménez, 76, off the stage.
Juan Tejeda is an ethnomusicologist, professor, and co-founder of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s annual Conjunto Festival, May 13 -17.
Regarding conjunto music and accordion, names like Flaco Jiménez and Ramón Ayala come to mind before the few-and-far-between recognized female artists in the industry.