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  • 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 Sat Jul 26, 2014
    Keeping in tradition of my annual Big Squeeze blog post, I’d like to start this year’s recap by declaring 2014 the Year of the Armadillo. When Austin design firm Frank+Victor revamped our Big Squeeze logo to include the armadill-accordion image, my coworker Michelle mentioned that soon after, many other music programs and festivals were using the armadillo on promotional materials. Of course this...
  • 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 Sat Mar 29, 2014
    If you’ve been supporting and/or following Texas Folklife for the last several years, you’ve probably heard the name Juan Longoria, Jr. Longoria, a native of Brownsville, won the Big Squeeze accordion contest in its inaugural year of 2007. He also leads the band Conteño, a unique group that blends the sounds of Conjunto, Tejano and Norteño music traditions. In 2012, he began teaching at Los...
  • Posted on Thu Apr 10, 2014
    This exhibit represents a sampling of highlights from Texas Folklife's annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival held every June at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theater.  All photos below are credited to our long-time photographer, David Dodd.  This exhibit can be presented in conjunction with our Touring Roster. TEXAS FOLKLIFE TOURING ROSTER  Santiago JimenezLady DAnthony...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: Deborah Cannon/Austin American-StatesmanAnthony Ortiz, Jr. Austin, TexasAnthony Ortiz, Jr. was a Big Squeeze finalist in 2008 and 2009 and was also featured in The Big Squeeze film. He graduated from Austin High School and is studying at Austin Community College. He performs with his father and his grandfather with Mariachi Corbetas and also plays accordion for the country...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: Michelle MejiaRobert & Tina VegaHouston, Texas  Robert Vega was a finalist in the inaugural season of The Big Squeeze in 2007 and can be seen in the 2009 documentary, The Big Squeeze. He is a native of the greater Houston area and resides in Missouri City, Texas. Vega comes from a musical family, having performed with Tina y Los Gallitos and Promesa Mortal for many...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: David DoddRuben Paul Moreno Houston, Texas Ruben Paul Moreno was a finalist in the 2010 edition of The Big Squeeze contest. Moreno hails from a musical family and grew up in Houston's Fifth Ward. In his childhood, he attended shows at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theater and other venues across the city. He began performing professionally at the age of 13. In late 2007, he received...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: David DoddMichael Ramos, Dallas, TX: Michael Ramos is the reigning Big Squeeze champion having won in 2013. He hails from Dallas, Texas where he is currently a senior at Gilliam Collegiate Academy. After he graduates this year, he will pursue a college education and aim to form his own conjunto. As a child, he had picked up the accordion a few times. His uncle first introduced...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: Sarah RuckerPeter Anzaldua Brownsville, TexasPeter Anzaldua won the 2012 edition of The Big Squeeze. Anzaldua is a resident of Brownsville, Texas. At the age 7 he began playing the accordion. He plays in the conjunto tradition his supportive family raised him in. In addition to being inspired by the late conjunto legends like Tony De La Rosa and Ruben Vela, Anzaldua was heavily...

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