SAN BENITO — The world of conjunto music has its origins on the Texas-Mexican border.
There are cradles of this American genre of music in several regions of Texas. Narciso Martinez, The Father of Conjunto Music, created conjunto music in La Paloma, Texas, which was 8 miles away from San Benito.
Santiago Jimenez, a contemporary of Narciso, sets the conjunto framework in San Antonio.
El Conjunto Bernal make their mark in Kingsville, while Kingsville is only 30 miles away from Alice.
Alice is another major cradle of conjunto music. Artists like Armando Marroquin and Ideal Records, Carmen y Laura, Eligio Escobar, Amadeo Flores, Chano Cadena and Ruben Naranjo are native to Alice, Texas.
It was in 1957 that Linda Escobar was born in Alice, and with a strong influence of the early pioneers, and most importantly her father Eligio, Linda has been a performance artist in the world of Conjunto music for a little more than 50 years.
In 1964 Eligio helped guide his 8-year-old daughter to become a child recording artist and performer.
She became a recognized name nationwide with her hit song, “Frijolitos Pintos” recorded in 1965 under the Cometa Records label.
This record earned Linda a gold record, selling more than 250,000 records. But before Frijolitos Pintos, Linda recorded her first songs, “La Huerfanita” y “La Bola Negra” with Ideal Records.
In 2015, Linda and her father Eligio were inducted into the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Conjunto Hall of Fame.
In honor of her father, a WW II veteran, and a song Eligio wrote called El Veterano, Linda is the organizer of an annual Veterano Conjunto Festival, now in its 17th year.
Funds raised through this festival go the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund. Linda is known as “La Hija Del Pueblo” in her native place of birth, Alice.
Surrounded by a strong conjunto tradition, she has contributed greatly to this music through her continued active participation since she was a child.
WHO: Linda Escobar y Su Conjunto from Alice
WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Historic La Villita Dance Hall, 261 West Robertson Street, San Benito