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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

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  • Posted on Thu Jul 5, 2018
    Photo Credit: Marcy Garriott and David Dodd Brandon HoddeHolland, TexasBrandon Hodde was the Polka Grand Prize Winner in the 2015 Big Squeeze. Brandon attended Temple College. He started playing at the age of 10 and started playing in his grandfatehr's band, The Fabuous Six, at age 11. He also plays the guitar and saxophone. His own band is called The All Around Czechs.    Most...
  • Posted on Thu Jul 5, 2018
    Photo Credit: David Dodd Mason NesvadbaGuy, TexasMason Nesvadba was the Polka Grand Prize WInner in the 2017 edition of the Big Squeeze. Mason started to play the piano accordion when he inherited his great-great uncle's one from his grandfather. Nesvadba is driven to become the best not only because of inspiration from his family but also from previous BIg Squeeze winners Garrett Neubauer (...
  • Posted on Thu Jul 5, 2018
    Photo Credit: David Dodd Donovan BourqueBeaumont, TexasDonovan was the Cajun/Zydeco Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Big Squeeze Competition Donovan started playing the accordion when he was 10 years old. His grandfather was one of his biggest influences growing up and left Donovan his accordion when he passed. His deep passion for the music keeps him playing with a variety of bands in hopes...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    Photo Credit: David Dodd Luis GonzalezGrand Prairie, Texas Luis Gonzalez was the Conjunto Grand Prize Winner for the 2017 edition of the Big Squeeze. Luis grew up listening to Tejano and Norteño music. With the support of his family, Gonzalez plans on playing for as long as he can because it brings joy to him as well as to those who listen.      Most Notable Performances...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    Melenie Lissete GonzalezRio Grande City, Texas Melenie Lissete Gonzalez was one of the Conjunto Grand Prize Winners in our 2018 edition of the Big Squeeze. Melenie was raised listening to conjunto music and was inspired to start playing accordion at the age of 14. Her biggest influences are Paulino Bernal , Jaime y los Chamacos, and Ramon Ayala.      Most Notable Performances...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    Jesus VenegasBrownsville, TexasJesus Venegas was one of the Conjunto Grand Prize Winners in our 2018 edition of the Big Squeeze. He is also the first ever champion in our Anthony Ortiz Jr Conjunto Prize. Jesus has been listening to conjunto music for as long as he can remember. He started playing accordion at the age of 15. His dream is to one day record his own music and be just like Ramon...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    Steven WilliamsHumble, TexasSteven Williams was the Zydeco Grand Prize Winner in the 2018 edition of the Big Squeeze. He received his first accordion at the age of one. His grandmother and uncle played zydeco mysuc and he would often watch his uncle perform live. He has learned some riffs from 2010 Big Squeeze Winner, Keyun Dickson, but is mostly self-taught. Steven hopes to one day be the best...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    Peter GresserWeatherford, TexasPeter Gresser was the Polka Grand Prize Winner in the 2018 edition of the Big Squeeze. He fell in love with polka music at the age of 6 and started playing accordion at the age of 9. He is in his 3rd year playing in the Youth Orchestra at the National Accordion Association Convention. He has traveled to Ethiopia to play for special needs families and children....
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    List of Texas Folklife's Big Squeeze statewide youth accordion contest champions.  2014-2017 the contest was expanded to include three categories of winners (conjunto, Cajun/zydeco, and polka).  In 2018, Texas Folklife created two categories for conjunto: a 17 and under category, and the 18-21 Anthony Ortiz Jr. grand prize in honor of the former Big Squeeze finalist who passed away in...
  • Posted on Tue Jun 26, 2018
    Not Just Oom-PAH! Accordion Workshop and Concert June 16-17, 2018 Summary Report by Laura J. Niland   The Not Just Oom-PAH! Accordion Workshop and Concert was held on June 16-17, 2018 which was supported by a grant from the City of Austin, Cultural Arts Division and sponsored by Texas Folklife Resources.   The project was written and coordinated by Shirley Johnson from Austin...

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