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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas


Big Squeeze Talent Showcase in Dallas

Event Date: 
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 20:00 to 23:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

Join us as we travel across Texas to find young accordion players for our annual Big Squeeze program. We will be holding one of our talent showcases in Dallas at the Latino Cultural Center. Featuring special performances from Grammy Award winning Michael Salgado and our reigning champ, Michael Ramos with Los Morales Boyz. Participants may be invited to perform at the finals in Austin in April. 

Big Squeeze Backyard Bash

Event Date: 
Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 00:00 to 03:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event


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

More About Stories from Deep in the Heart

“Stories from Deep in the Heart” is an award-winning in depth folklore and audio documentary training for Austin and Central Texas high public school students and teachers.  Participants create short, broadcast quality audio documentaries on the stories, folklore, arts and traditions of their families and communities.

The Big Squeeze film

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.

Antone's Records

After the success of the nightclub he founded in 1975, Clifford Antone opened the doors to Antone's Record Shop in the summer of 1987. Located across the street from his legendary nightclub, the record shop quickly became the place to hang out before seeing whatever show was to take place later that evening. Still in its original location, just north of the UT campus, Antone's Record Shop continues to host one of the largest selections of used vinyl in central Texas.

Texas Folklife at Austin Fan Fest

Event Date: 
Sunday, November 17, 2013 - 21:00 to Monday, November 18, 2013 - 00:00
Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event

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