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San Benito: Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center

Narciso Martinez

Named for Narciso Martinez, long considered the “Father of the Texas-Mexican Conjunto” music, the Narciso Martínez Cultural Arts Center preserves and promotes Mexican and Mexican-American heritage through art, film and literature, as well as performances of music, theater and dance. Annual events include the Narciso Martínez Conjunto Festival in September, and the International Poetry Festival in April.

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  • 225 East Stenger St.
  • San Benito, Texas
  • 78586



  • Call for scheduled programs and fees.


Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum - Edgar Vasquez y Sus Muchachos (2003)
Donor: Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Sound | 2003
Film courtesy Texas Archive of the Moving Image

This footage captures scenes of Edgar Vasquez y Sus Muchachos performing at the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center in 2003. Edgar Vasquez sings while the band plays traditional conjunto accordian and guitar music, and members of the San Benito community dance on the dancefloor.


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Read more about Narciso Martínez in the Handbook of Texas Online.