Veterano Festival honors late Escobar, showcases conjunto bands

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For nine years Linda Escobar has been honoring the memory of her father, Eligio,

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The 10th in the series is set for Sunday, Nov. 9 at the High Chaparral in Robstown. 

The event seeks to raise money to fund the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund.  Veteran Tejano Music fans know Eligio Escobar from his unique delivery and by his many interpretations of Jose Alfredo Jimenez creations.  But Eligio Escobar also had success with other tunes.  "El Gambler," "Cuando Dos Almas," and 

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"El Veterano," a tune he wrote about his experiences as a soldier in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Japan after WWII, were his most prominent. Ironically, Escobar's first recording was a bilingual version of "South of the Border." Eligio Escobar passed away in 1994 at age 67. 

Both Eligio and daughter Linda Escobar are staunch members of the conjunto community and well known wherever that music is played. It's an old story, but worth repeating that Linda started singing at a very early age and by 8 recorded "Frijolitos Pintos," a tune that was played on radio throughout the country.  It has been reported that "Frijolitos Pintos" sold a million copies in 1965.  Eligio and Linda toured the US and Mexico in the 60's as part of "caravanas" that included some of the biggest names in Mexican and Tejano Music.

Entertainment will be provided by the groups listed below, starting at noon and ending at 11 p.m.

Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca
Sunny Sauceda
Cha Cha Jimenez
Chano Cadena y Su Conjunto
Mando y La Venganza
Jimmy Lee y Tentacion
Los Tremendos Alacranes de David Flores
La Kreazion with Linda Escobar
Los Arroyos Del Rio
Robert Casillas and Ramon "Jack Rabbit" Sanchez
Lazaro Perez y Su Conjunto
Leti Urbina y Conjunto Central
Los Guyz 
Per-person admission is $10 with proceeds going to the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund. Email: Lindaescobar2000@yahoo.com Website:  www.linda.escobar.com 

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