October 6 – 7 • Memorial Park
900 N Arroyo Blvd., Los Fresnos, Texas
The Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center is an organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and development of the rich, cultural heritage of the Mexican American community in the visual arts, music, theater, dance and literary works. The Center, as it is known and referred to by many, opened its doors on Tuesday, October 29, 1991 with a performance by Narciso Martinez on his 80th birthday.
Narciso Martinez was born in 1911 in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, but lived most of his life near San Benito, Texas. He was the first successful conjunto artist to record hundreds of recordings. In 1935 Narciso on the accordion, teamed with bajo sexto player Santiago Almeida, they formed what would become one of the most successful accordion and bajo sexto duos of all time.
The NMCAC Conjunto Festival is the longest running music festival in the Rio Grande Valley. The festival is a 3-day event that works to preserve a genre of music that was created by Don Narciso Martinez and is over 100 years old. The event is rich in culture and attracts thousands of visitors from all over the Rio Grande Valley, Texas and the entire United States.