Sounds of conjunto

San Benito to host third annual South Texas Music Festival

SAN BENITO — From food and games to activities and live performances, what’s known as the Resaca City of the Valley has a festive night in store this weekend.

The City of San Benito will host its third annual South Texas Music Festival Saturday, Sept. 21, from 4 to 11 p.m. at the W.H. Heavin Memorial Park.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and musical performances will begin at 5 p.m.

There is a $5 admission fee for attendees.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum.

Admission is free for children 10 years old and younger.

Organizers describe the event as a celebration of San Benito’s rich musical history.

Music artist Percy Cardona, from Big Wells, Texas, will headline the festival.

According to the city’s description of the festival, Cardona’s most notable achievement has been touring the world as the accordionist and background vocalist for English icon Sting.

Additional performances will be held throughout the festival by Tejano Highway 281, Los Badd Boyz del Valle, Los Gavilanes and Zereno.

According to Cultural Arts Director Luis Contreras, the South Texas Music Festival usually draws in an average of 2,000 people from throughout the South Texas region.

Contreras said the festival is a cultural initiative that preserves and promotes the musical heritage of conjunto and its influence on today’s sound.

“Witnessing the joy the music brings to the community is what I enjoy most about the festival,” he said. “It is nice to see everyone dancing and having a good time with family and friends.”

IF YOU GO

WHAT — South Texas Music Festival

WHEN — Saturday, Sept. 21

WHERE — W.H. Heavin Memorial Park, 705 North Bowie Street, San Benito

GATES OPEN — 4 p.m.

MUSIC STARTS — 5 p.m.

COST — $5 admission, children younger than 10 is free

To purchase tickets in advance, visit the San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum at 250 East Heywood Street.

For more information, visit sanbenitoevents.com or call (956) 361-3830.