San Benito hosts first Resaca City Music Festival

SAN BENITO — Whiskey D.

Mary Lou Flores waited eagerly to hear the band perform yesterday at the Resaca City Music Festival.

SAN BENITO — Whiskey D.

Mary Lou Flores waited eagerly to hear the band perform yesterday at the Resaca City Music Festival.

“The music is really good,” Flores said. She sat in a folding chair facing the stage where numerous bands were performing at the event at Heavin Memorial Park.

Rows of music lovers relaxed in anticipation of Los Garcia Brothers, Invazzion and other bands that would play in the first event of its kind here.

They might have been at the 26th Annual Conjunto Festival at the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, but that event was canceled when the city increased its fees.

The city launched a new music festival “not necessarily in response to the cancellation but as a means to help raise funds for the San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum,” city spokeswoman Martha McClain stated earlier.

“It would not be a replacement of the Conjunto Festival,” she said.

Yesterday, no one mentioned the canceled Conjunto Festival. They were more than eager to talk about the music they’d hear that afternoon with friends and family.

“I’m visiting my mom and dad,” said Rene Guerra, whose parents sat quietly in front of him.

“We didn’t know this was going on,” said Guerra, 51. “We decided to stop by.”

His wife Liz, 49, sat beside him with a big smile on her face.

“I am enjoying spending time with the family,” she said.

“We’re both looking forward to hearing Whiskey D.

“I love it,” he said. “It’s like old Southern rock. I’m looking forward to hearing all the bands. Invazzion also.”

Vendors were everywhere selling floppy hats, menudo, Spider-Man balloons and funnel cakes. Two men in white straw hats laughed over a private joke. A woman in a Dallas Cowboys shirt struggled across the grounds with a folding chair and a small boy. A man walked by holding the hand of a young girl.

“You want a raspa?” he asked her.

A boy nearby sipped one from a straw.

Elias Cantu had just moved from Dallas back to his native San Benito. He was enjoying the event.

“I came to check it out,” said Cantu, 47. “I think it’s good for the community. I’m always looking to see what’s going on in San Benito.”

Meanwhile, another popular band stepped up and energized the crowd, and Flores also appreciated that performance.

“That’s Buck N Crazy,” she said. “I like that band, too.”