Throughout the month of January, the Museum of South Texas History’s “Soy de Tejas: Conjunto Music in the Rio Grande Valley” exhibit will tell the story of conjunto regional and feature instruments, records and record players, 8-track cassette tapes, and pictures of musicians and venues for display. With help from the South Texas Conjunto Association, Hub City Tejano and Conjunto Museum and the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum, MOSTHistory is commemorating this unique genre popularized by Valley musicians.
In the 1930s, a unique music style known as conjunto regional emerged among Mexican-Texan farm workers many of whom were from the Rio Grande Valley. From German and Czech immigrants in Texas, the Tejano workers adopted the accordion and, with it, polka music. Combining that distinctive sound with their bajo sexto guitar produced the conjunto style, its songs reflecting the migrant workers’ experiences. Through live performances and record albums, conjunto music spread throughout the Rio Grande Valley and beyond. Echoes of conjunto are still heard today in Tejano music as well the organizations and bands that keep the genre alive in the Rio Grande Valley.
Visitors can view the exhibit Tuesdays to Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. between Dec. 28, 2017, and Feb. 1, 2018. This exhibit is included in the regular museum admission fee: Adults $7; Seniors/Students/Active Military $5; Children (4-12) $4; Children (0-3) Free; FRIENDS of MOSTHistory Free. To become a FRIEND of MOSTHistory, please visit mosthistory.org/donate-here or call the Development Department at 956-383-6911. For more information about the event, please visit mosthistory.org/events or call the museum at 956-383-6911.