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  • Posted on Mon Jan 12, 2015
    TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES 2015 BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION THROWDOWN Our ninth annual competition invites young Texas players to showcase their talent and compete for one of three Big Squeeze Grand Prize Winners. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected in each category: Czech/German/PolishPolka; Cajun/Creole/Zydeco; Conjunto/Tejano/Norteño    Austin, Texas – January 12, 2015 – Texas...
  • Posted on Thu Oct 16, 2014
    (En español abajo) We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of “Los Camaroneros de Ojo de Agua”, a música de jarana album of elder musicians from Ojo de Agua, Veracruz, Mexico. These musicians have shared their music and spirit and shown tremendous dedication to maintaining the fandango tradition in their town. This jarana raffle will help us complete the album production.Through a...
  • 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 Thu Dec 5, 2013
    It's that time again! We are searching for the best young accordion players in Texas from the categories conjunto, zydeco and polka for our annual Big Squeeze contest. To be eligible, you must be 21 and under and enter by April 7th. Participants may be asked to perform in our finals in Austin on April 26th. You could also win a cash prize. 2014 Entry Form 2014 Contest Rules Texas...
  • Posted on Tue Nov 26, 2013
    BIG SQUEEZE AFTER-PARTY! Tickets: $35 or $60 for two, click here to purchase tickets: Includes dinner, drinks and live music with a chance to meet the 2014 Big Squeeze finalists and their families. Proceeds benefit Texas Folklife's Big Squeeze program for young accordion players
  • Posted on Fri Jan 17, 2014
    Texas Folklife offers a range of performances, exhibitions, and workshops in the traditional arts for school and community venues. The 2014-2015 touring performances focus on the talented young winners of “The Big Squeeze” accordion contest. The touring package includes a screening of “The Big Squeeze” film and a performance program that can be scaled to your budget. Master classes and TEKS...
  • Posted on Fri Sep 11, 2015
    Texas Folklife, the statewide non-profit cultural dedicated to the celebration and perpetuation of the folk arts and folklife of the Lone Star State, and Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc, a statewide 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness in an effort to save the state’s historic dance halls, seeks article submissions and proposals about all aspects of Texas Fiddling for...
  • Posted on Mon Aug 31, 2015
    TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES HOUSE CONCERTS   Monthly series will feature Roots Music in an Intimate Setting Rick Shea Will Perform for First Concert at the new Texas Folklife House    Tickets at  Texas Folklife has launched a monthly music series at their new location—the Texas Folklife House (1708 Houston Street.) The series...
  • Posted on Tue Jul 28, 2015
    Texas Folklife is thrilled to announce the 2nd Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling! We will be partnering with Texas Dancehall Preservation Inc. for this year's event, which will be held on November 7th, 2015 at La Bahia Turn Verein Dance Hall in Burton, TX. It will feature a combination of workshops and showcases in a variety of fiddle styles. There will also be a dance at the end of the festival...
  • Posted on Tue Jul 28, 2015
    Forty-eight German settlers living in the vicinity of Burton, Washington County, Texas organized the La Bahia Turn Verein on July 5, 1879.  In the statutes they adopted that day, they declared their purpose to be physical and spiritual development of their members and the promotion of social life.  The original statutes were naturally in German as that was the regular language of the...


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