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...
Posted on Tue Oct 15, 2013
Texas Folklife, Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc., and the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center hosted a small gathering of local cultural leaders interested in developing the next generation of polka musicians and supporters. For seven years Texas Folklife has been producing a state-wide accordion contest, the Big Squeeze, for youth in all genres of Texas traditional music, and polka...
Posted on Sun Oct 6, 2013
The 8th Annual Big Squeeze contest & concert returns to the Bullock Museum in Austin!
This year we'll have 9 finalists competing in 3 separate categories: Conjunto (including Norteno, Tejano, etc); Zydeco (including Cajun, Creole, etc), and Polka (including Czech, German-style, etc.)
THERE WILL BE 3 WINNERS CHOSEN IN AUSTIN!!
They will all three perform at the 25th Annual...
Posted on Tue Oct 1, 2013
Texas Folklife just returned from our nation’s capital after having the great honor of presenting for the third time for American Folklife Center’s Homegrown Concert Series. Our first time was in 2009 when we brought legendary blues guitarist Barbara Lynn and her band from Beaumont, TX. We were invited back last year to present Los Tres Reyes, the kings of trio music and were...
Posted on Wed Sep 11, 2013
Texas Folklife presents Los Texmaniacs at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage and Library of Congress on 9/11/2013.
Los Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality. Their versatility has led them to perform at The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, The International Accordion Festival,...
Posted on Wed Aug 14, 2013
AKQ Live! CD had a great release at the historic Antone's Night Club in Austin. The evening offered live music of two bands featured on the CD - Los Texmaniacs of San Antonio fronted by Max Baca and the up and coming Morales Boyz of Dallas, fronted by Big Squeeze Champion Nachito Morales and also including 2013 reigning champion Michael Ramos.
This particular piece shows a one-of-a-...
Posted on Mon Oct 13, 2014
The Central Accordion Association and the Elgin SPJST present "The Accordion Jamboree" on Sunday, Oct 26th at 3:00 pm. The Jamboree will shocase accordion music of many different styles and genres. There will be five groups of musicians ranging from solo artists to full bands of seven or eight. Each set will be thirty five minutes. The genres range from Czech music to Chicago style dance...
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
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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...