Blending the sounds of the Rio Grande Valley
The fundamental characteristic that distinguishes the unique sound of Conteño is the harmonious balance of styles distinctive to regional Texas-Mexican music including the genres of Conjunto, Tejano and Norteño. Conteño, hailing from the border town of Brownsville, TX, has a signature style that is an explosion of upbeat, modern rhythms rooted in traditional sounds. These unique characteristics have created a faithful fan base in the Rio Grande Valley and throughout the state of Texas.
The front men of the group, Juan and Federico Longoria, are considered masters in the regional tradition of Texas-Mexican accordion and bajo-sexto performance. They originally formed the musical group “Los Potrillos” which attained much success from 1998 to 2008. Current Conteño members, all second or third generation musicians, combined have more than 100 years of experience as professional musicians and have performed as a unit for more than 10 years throughout Texas and across the nation. Federico Longoria has contributed to various recordings including Siggno’s “Amor y Dolor” album in 2006. Juan was named the 1st place winner at “The Big Squeeze” accordion competition held by Texas Folklife in June 2007. In the fall of 2012, Juan founded a Conjunto music program at Los Fresnos High School. In 2015, Juan was also featured as one of seven Extraordinary Texans by Texas Highways Magazine for his work at Los Fresnos High School. In May 2017, the Texas State Senate issued Senate Resolution 670 to the Los Fresnos High School Conjunto at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas in recognition of their preservation of Texas folk music. In 2016, Conteño was selected to participate in the national folk festival circuit including performances and workshops at Montana and Richmond Folk Festivals. In 2018, Federico participated in the Texas Folklife Apprenticeship Program and Juan participated in 2019. In 2019, Conteño was the proud recipient of the 2019 Brownsville Music Legacy Award for their years of commitment and musical excellence in the southernmost region of Texas.
Conteño’s music appeals to all age groups and performances can accommodate any size crowd from small, unplugged, intimate sessions to large outdoor festivals in every region of Texas, the United States and Mexico. Conteño prides itself in, not only performing the rhythms of Conjunto, Tejano and Norteño music, but educating the public about the cultural traditions of regional Texas-Mexican music and its significance to Texan culture through various workshops.
Blending the sounds of the Rio Grand Valley