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  • 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  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...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit : David DoddIgnacio "Nachito" MoralesDallas, TXIgnacio Morales was The Big Squeeze champion of 2011. Affectionately known as Nachito, Ignacio Morales hails from the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas. He is currently a senior at the historic Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, where he has earned All-State honors in band on the saxophone...

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