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Linda Escobar’s El Veterano Conjunto Festival Returns Nov. 3 in Robstown

The 20th annual music festival honors a Conjunto legend, veterans and young musicians.

Linda Escobar performs at 2019 Rancho Alegre Festival (Photo: Mariaelena Arocha)

The 20th annual El Veterano Festival, honoring veterans, a conjunto legend and young musicians will take place November 3 in Robstown, Texas.

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Held every year around Veterans Day in memory of Conjunto legend Eligio Escobar, the yearly family-friendly event is a source of pride for coordinator and five-time Tejano Music Hall of Fame inductee Linda Escobar, as the Conjunto music showcase honors not only veterans’ service to our country in memory of her late father, but also shines a spotlight on the future of the Conjunto Tejano genre with scholarships for young musicians.

This year’s recipients include accordionists Christopher Ramirez and Jeremiah Garza, along with Conjunto Cats bassist Diego Campos.

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Scheduled to perform are some of today’s hottest Conjunto bands from across Texas, as well as past scholarship recipients. Military Ceremonies will be performed by the Veteran’s Band.

Performances scheduled by Lazaro Perez y Su Conjunto, Los Arroyos Del Rio, Conjunto Cats, Los Arias, Ruben De La Cruz y Su Conjunto, Conjunto Amable, Linda Escobar, Tony Saenz y La Rosa de Oro, Santiago Garza y La Naturaleza and other special guests.

The festival will take place from Noon to 10 p.m., Sunday, November 3 at the KC Columbian Civic Center (formerly KC Hall), 2137 US-77 Business, in Robstown. All ages are welcome, and the cover charge is $10 per person, with the proceeds going to the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund. 

About the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund

The Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund was established by Linda Escobar to recognize the talents of young Conjunto musicians under the age of 18 years old and awards scholarships annually to help them continue their education. 

To date, the fund has awarded over 60 scholarships to children from all over the state.

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I manage all things technical, administrative, and creative at Austin's own Rancho Alegre, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Conjunto music. Our projects include digitizing recordings, interviewing legendary and up-and-coming artists, maintaining and constructing a historical record of Tejano and Conjunto music, connecting artists with professional and business services, and presenting the annual Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival and various events throughout the year.

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