Blend of tradition, innovation is key

For 23-year-old accordionist Juanito Castillo, traditional conjunto is not even close to being the only type of music he wants to play.

“I like to keep a modern, hip vibe,” says the multi-instrumentalist widely regarded as Esteban “Steve” Jordan’s heir. Castillo will perform Saturday, May 19, at the 31st annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio.

Presented by the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the festival showcases conjunto musicians from across the country. This year’s festival, which kicked off May 15, culminates with a three-day series of shows at Rosedale Park.

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Annual festival to salute Conjunto Heritage Taller

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Musician, music educator and conjunto festival promoter Juan Tejeda knows first-hand the burden and joys of honoring the past and sowing seeds for the future. He’s helping salute Conjunto Heritage Taller as an essential part of San Antonio musical life this weekend.

Conjunto Heritage Taller is where young and old go to learn the accordion and the bajo sexto, the Mexican 12-string acoustic guitar. And every year they throw a fun party.

The nonprofit organization stages its ninth annual Conjunto Heritage Tareada at Maverick Plaza in La Villita on Saturday. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Admission costs $10 (free for children 12 and younger). Call 210-212-8560.

Read more at the Express-News

Puro Conjunto Puro San Antonio


SLIDESHOW: Conjunto music plays into S.A.’s past, future

Listen to the sounds made by local Conjunto musicians that play in formal and informal venues wherever anyone will listen. What you will discover is the joined strains of the traditional Mexican Bajo sexton, a 12-string bass guitar, and the button accordion – brought to Texas by early German settlers- that makes up this lively genre of ethnic folk music most often associated with Tejano migrant workers.

Images from the Conjunto Heritage Taller!  Check out this slide show!

Click here for the slideshow | San Antonio.

Five Best Music Cities in America

The 2nd city mentioned is San Antonio TX!  For what reason?  Conjunto music baby!  Puro Bajo Sexto y Acordeón!  The only problem is the picture they use for the article…they use a picture of the International Accordion festival, with a guy playing the PIANO accordion!  WHAT? Again, someone forgot to do the research, this reminds me of the SA Current cover a few months back, announcing the death of accordion great Steve Jordan, I wrote about it here.  Anyways it is nice for San Anto to be recognized in this article I just wish they would have used a Conjunto musician playing a button accordion.  Here is one…because San Antonio IS CONJUNTO!

We need to educate!

Read the article here:  Five Best Music Cities in America |

Rudy Lopez from The Conjunto Heritage …

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2005 Video of Los Padrinos

Here is a video of our performance in 2005 for the Conjunto Heritage Taller fundraiser at Mission County Park in San Antonio Tx,  I was just browsing and found it on youtube!  I believe it was Bene Medina’s son who was recording us that day.  We are playing two songs “No todo es Malo” and “Concha Perdida”.  3 years ago! We were so young back then…