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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

Accordion Kings and Queens

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Accordion Kings and Queens
showcases the amazing musical diversity of Texas accordion styles, featuring legends of conjunto, polka, country western, zydeco, Cajun and more.  Accordion Kings & Queens draws a capacity crowd of six thousand to Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre.  The event celebrates the cultural diversity of Texas by bringing communities together for an evening of dancing and roots music played on the accordion, "the national instrument of Texas".  Come out for an evening of dancing and roots music, featuring the best of Texas accordion music genres.  Pick up your FREE tickets at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre the day of the event. For advance assigned seating, become a member of Texas Folklife by visiting http://www.texasfolklife.org/info/membership or calling 512-441-9255.
Most recent articles, events, video, audio and blog posts for this page:
  • Posted on Thu Jun 12, 2014
    At the 25th Anniversary of Accordion Kings & Queens this year in Houston, Texas Folklife awarded Ms. Mary Thomas the Star of Texas Folklife Award. She became the 4th awardee of this award. Ms. Thomas is a stalwart in the Houston zydeco scene as she has promoted, booked, managed, and performed with the best Texas zydeco bands over the last 30 years. Sister to the late Clifton Chenier, ”...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 10, 2014
    Thanks to everyone that joined us at our 25th annual Accordion Kings and Queens concert. What a great night with great music and fun! Here is a photo recap by the one and only David Dodd. 
  • Posted on Sat Jun 7, 2014
    THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT YEAR! Press for Accordion Kings and Queens 2014:  The Monitor: http://www.themonitor.com/entertainment/regional-ramblings-upcoming-conjunto-events-include-anniversary/article_94e9891a-ecde-11e3-bf64-001a4bcf6878.html Culture Map Houston: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/entertainment/06-01-14-miller-outdoor-theatre-kicks-off-the-summer-season-with-5-...
  • Posted on Tue May 13, 2014
    Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park is unique in the United States, offering an 8 month season of professional entertainment that is artistically excellent, culturally diverse and always FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest "always free" program of its kind in the country. Miller Outdoor Theatre offers the most diverse season of professional entertainment of any Houston...
  • Posted on Fri Feb 28, 2014
    On February 22nd, 2014, Texas Folklife and Texas Dancehall Preservation presented a polka symposium and festival at Senglemann Hall in Schulenburg, Texas, sponsored by Humanities Texas. Please find the schedule and audio recordings of symposium proceedings below.  Stay tuned for summaries and complete transcriptions of all audio recordings.     10:00 AM – Texas Dance Hall History...
  • Posted on Sun Jan 19, 2014
    Houston Chronicle writer Allan Turner examines the future of the traditional Czech music community in Texas. Setting his article in the Houston Heights dancehall SPJST Lodge 88, Turner traces the roots of Czech culture in Texas and also addresses the crisis facing its future. Texas Folklife Executive Director Cristina Ballí states,"People move away from their communities. They don't...
  • Posted on Fri Nov 22, 2013
    Photos by David Dodd:  David Lee Garza with Johnny Ramirez (2008 Big Squeeze Champion) and Isaiah Tellez Texas Folklife is proud to announce that one of its board members, Armando Sanchez, has produced a Latin Grammy Award winning CD, David Lee Garza's "Just Friends."  Garza won the award last night at the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.  A highly regarded and...
  • Posted on Fri Nov 15, 2013
    The Big Squeeze is a documentary film that follows the newest generation of young accordion players as they compete for Texas Folklife’s annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest held as part of the Accordion Kings and Queens Festival in Houston, Texas. The Big Squeeze was produced and directed by Hector Galan and is a co-production of Galán Inc and Texas Folklife. It was released on DVD in...
  • Posted on Fri Oct 18, 2013
     Please find our audio recording of the proceedings from the Polka Symposium Schulenburg, TX 2014 here. Purchase tickets at OuthouseTickets.com HERETickets will also be available at the door at Sengelmann Hall  Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc. and Texas Folklife announce their partnership to produce the Texas Polka Festival & Symposium to be held in Schulenburg on...
  • Posted on Tue Oct 15, 2013
    Texas Folklife, Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc., and the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center hosted a small gathering of local cultural leaders interested in developing the next generation of polka musicians and supporters.  For seven years Texas Folklife has been producing a state-wide accordion contest, the Big Squeeze, for youth in all genres of Texas traditional music, and polka...

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