Squeezebox sounds filled the air in downtown Austin, a few blocks from the state Capitol at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday May 1st. Over 660 attendees enjoyed the music of seven talented young accordionists from throughout the state, proving that Texas traditional music is alive and well.
Texas Folklife is pleased to announce the names of the eight squeeze-boxers who will advance to the semifinal stage in the fourth annual Big Squeeze contest: Peter Anzaldua, 13, from Brownsville; Gloria Jean Cantu, 17, from San Benito; Keyun Dickson, 18, from Houston; Roger Guerra, 17, from Mission; Ignacio Isai Morales, 14, from Dallas; Ruben Paul Moreno, 20, from Houston; Christina Valdez, 11, from San Benito; and Jesus E. Zamora, 19, from San Antonio.
By Linda Ho Peché
Weslaco, Texas native Roel Flores saw his first cotton field – and began picking what he initially thought was cotton candy – at age 6. The first-generation American son of Mexican immigrants was 15 when he became a full-time migrant worker and began playing bajo-sexto with a conjunto band on weekends.
2008 Big Squeeze winner John Ramirez from Houston appears on the latest edition of "Live from SugarHill Studios."
Audience to help pick Big Squeeze winner
Texas Folklife's 19th annual Accordion Kings concert is almost here and we're getting excited. Our Co-headliners are Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws and Tejano legends La Tropa F, and warming them up will be the Knights of Dixie Orchestra. And before that, we'll present the three finalists from our second Big Squeeze Accordion Contest.
Texas Folklife's 19th annual Accordion Kings concert, held June 7 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, was a smashing success, with 6,000 accordion fans in attendance to cheer on our Big Squeeze contest finalists and the featured bands: La Tropa F, Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws and the Knights of Dixie Orchestra. They were particularly thrilled that a hometown boy, Houston's John Ramirez, 16, won the Big Squeeze Grand Prize of $500 and a day of recording time at Houston's historic SugarHill Studios.
Texas Folklife's program 1999 "Quilts of Color: Three Generations of Quilters" featured exhibitions, demonstrations, lectures, and workshops about the tradition of quilting among sisters Katie Mae Tatum, Gladys Henry and Henry's daughter Lavene Brackens and granddaughter Sherry Byrd. This family of quilters has been based out of Fairfield, Texas for the last five generations, since the end of the Civil War.