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Tejano Conjunto Festival in its 36th Year: Fostering Fun, Lively Music, & an International Following

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The 36th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival will be hosted by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, May 24-28 at the historic Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park in San Antonio. The Texas Hill Country-based festival is the oldest and largest of its kind, not only in the region or state, but the entire nation. Organizers anticipate attendance of more than 5,000 Conjunto music lovers from across the Lone Star State, the country, as well as from Mexico.

Tejano Conjunto Festival In Its 36th Year: Fostering Fun, Lively Music, & An International Following

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Celebrating this unique style of Mexican music, the festival will feature approximately 30 of the very best and most revered bands of the genre, accompanied by lots of dancing, a festive atmosphere, family fun, and food and drink booths. Festival fun will include such special events as a free Seniors Conjunto Dance, the presentation of Conjunto Music Hall of Fame inductees for 2017 at a gala event; the Tejano Conjunto Festival Poster Contest, an accordion tuning workshop, and the opportunity to win a first-class Hohner accordion.

Tejano Conjunto Festival In Its 36th Year: Fostering Fun, Lively Music, & An International Following

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The Conjunto genre was developed in South Texas towards the end of the 19th century. When East European and German settlers brought accordions, polkas, and waltzes to the state, the blending of cultures and musical tastes eventually fully amalgamated into Tejano conjunto, including four-piece bands which entertain the crowds via the mixture of sounds of a bajo sexto, a button accordion, drums, and an electric bass.

Tejano Conjunto Festival In Its 36th Year: Fostering Fun, Lively Music, & An International Following

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This 36th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival will bring visitors to San Antonio, and the Texas Hill Country, for five days of celebration, music, and dancing, running May 24-28, featuring a star-studded schedule of performances. For a full timetable and to purchase your tickets in advance, please visit the festival website link provided here. Experience this lively music, its following, and the flurry of festive activity it fosters here in the Texas Hill Country.

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