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  • 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 Mon Apr 23, 2018
    The #BigSqueeze2018 winners are: Conjunto 18-21 Anthony Ortiz Jr prize: Jesus Venegas Conjunto 17 under: Melanie GonzalezPolka: Peter GresserCajun/Zydeco: Steven Williams Thank you to all of our contestants, the judges decisions were very hard, every player was exceptional. Texas Folklife's goal is to encourage young accordion players to carry on these vital traditions, we...
  • Posted on Tue Mar 27, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Sheree Scarborough (512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com   THE 2018 BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION CONTEST FINALS AND CONCERT Free Concert and Contest Finals to be held at the Bullock Museum on Saturday, April 21  Grand Prize Winners will be selected in the following updated four categories: Polka Grand Prize (Age 25 and under)Cajun...
  • Posted on Thu Mar 1, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Sheree Scarborough (512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com   THE BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION CONTEST IS BACK FOR 2018 Texas Folklife Will Search for Top Young Accordion Talent in the Rio Grande Valley at Palmview High School on Saturday, March 24  Grand Prize Winners will be selected in the following updated four categories: Polka...
  • Posted on Thu Mar 1, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Sheree Scarborough (512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com   THE BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION CONTEST IS BACK FOR 2018 Texas Folklife Will Search for Top Young Accordion Talent in the Rio Grande Valley at Los Fresnos High School on Friday, March 23  Grand Prize Winners will be selected in the following updated four categories: Polka...
  • Posted on Wed Feb 21, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Sheree Scarborough (512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com   THE BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION CONTEST IS BACK FOR 2018 Texas Folklife Will Search for Top Young Accordion Talent at the Guadalupe Theater, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Sponsored by Conjunto Heritage Taller on March 11  Grand Prize Winners will be selected in the following updated...
  • Posted on Tue Feb 20, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Sheree Scarborough (512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com   THE BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION CONTEST IS BACK FOR 2018 Texas Folklife Will Search for Top Young Accordion Talent at the McDonald Public Library in Corpus Christi on Saturday, March 3  Grand Prize Winners will be selected in the following updated four categories: Polka Grand...
  • Posted on Tue Feb 20, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Sheree Scarborough (512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com   THE BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION CONTEST IS BACK FOR 2018 Texas Folklife Will Hold a Community Discussion about Cajun Music in Southeast Texas and Talent Showcase in Nederland/Groves on February 24  Grand Prize Winners will be selected in the following updated four categories: Polka...

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