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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

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  • Posted on Fri Nov 22, 2013

    Photos by David Dodd:  David Lee Garza with Johnny Ramirez (2008 Big Squeeze Champion) and Isaiah Tellez

  • 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.

    Preview of The Big Squeeze

  • Posted on Tue Nov 12, 2013


  • Posted on Thu Nov 7, 2013

    It seems like one of the easiest words in Texas to use as a pun is wurst. My head was full of clever puns after attending Wurstfest in New Braunfels last weekend. A two-week celebration of the German influence on Texas culture through food and music is what this 50 year old festival is all about. As always, my reason for going was to hear some of the best German & Czech bands from around the state, country and world but I found myself prioritizing the food when I walked through the gates.

  • Posted on Tue Nov 5, 2013

    3pm Genuine mariachi music Mariachi Corbetas featuring former Big Squeeze participant Anthony Ortiz Jr.


    4pm Mexican Son Jarocho music with local group Son Armado


    5pm West African music and dance with former Texas Folklife apprenticeship master artist Jean-Claude Lessou

  • Posted on Thu Oct 31, 2013

    Last weekend I attended the Blackpot Festival in Lafayette for the first time. Blackpot is a music and food festival celebrating the culture of Southern Louisiana's Acadiana Region. There is a wide range of musical styles and a variety of foods, each being prepared in - you guessed it: black pots. One of the things I found interesting was the similarities between this region and the Gulf Coast Texas region in which I was raised.

  • Posted on Mon Oct 28, 2013

    There are a number of conjunto festivals throughout the state, and the Veterano Conjunto Festival organized by musician Linda Escobar stands out for its emphasis on honoring Mexican-American military veterans and providing scholarships to young musicians.

  • Posted on Mon Oct 28, 2013

    Yesterday Cristina Balli and I met up with Dust to Digital founder Lance Ledbetter at Carnitas Uruapan in San Antonio's West Side, where legendary accordionist Santiago Jimenez, Jr. plays conjunto each week.

  • Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013

    The Elisabet Ney Museum is the former studio and portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney. The museum offers a range of educational programs, exhibits, special events, workshops and lectures throughout the year.  



  • Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013

    Conjunto Music


    What is Conjunto Style Accordion? 

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