Festival seeks to establish Live Music Capital as Conjunto Country
Posted: February 2, 2012 Filed under: Conjunto music | Tags: accordion, austin, bajo sexto, chicano, conjunto, linda escobar, mexican american, rancho alegre, tejano, tex-mex
Conjunto music, which began at the end of the 19th century, is folk music, similar to blues or old‐style country, and tells the stories of the everyday lives of the working class. It is also dance music, characterized by a strong, unrelenting beat and bright accordion melodies, evidence of the fusion of German and Mexican immigrant cultures in south Texas at the beginning of the 20th century.
It was tremendously popular among working‐class Hispanic Texans during the post‐World War II era. Then, audiences flocked to Tejano music, which was a heavily influenced by rock, rhythm and blues and jazz, beginning in the late 1960s and 1970s, nearly wiping out conjunto on radio playlists everywhere.
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