Posted on Tue Jun 10, 2014
Thanks to everyone that joined us at our 25th annual Accordion Kings and Queens concert. What a great night with great music and fun! Here is a photo recap by the one and only David Dodd.
Posted on Wed Oct 15, 2014
The Elisabet Ney Museum, Texas Folklife, and Polkaworks present the return of
Sunday October 26 2014, from noon to 5PM
At the Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th Street, 78751
Featuring live music from Dallas’ Los Morales Boyz; The Fabulous Polkasonics and Conjunto Los Pinkys, both from Austin; and, the pride of Denton Texas, Grammy Award...
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 Apr 17, 2014
BIG DANCE May 3rd at the HISTORIC Cat Spring Agricultural Society Pavilion
RIVER ROAD BOYS Western Swing Band at 8pmhttp://www.riverroadboys.com/Featuring THE ENNIS CZECH BOYS from 3pm-7pmhttp://www.ennisczechboys.com/Sponsored by Polkabeat! http://www.polkabeat.com/Polkabeat/Welcome.html
$13.41 advance, $15 at the door
Posted on Thu Apr 17, 2014
Posted on Fri Feb 28, 2014
On February 22nd, 2014, Texas Folklife and Texas Dancehall Preservation presented a polka symposium and festival at Senglemann Hall in Schulenburg, Texas, sponsored by Humanities Texas. Please find the schedule and audio recordings of symposium proceedings below. Stay tuned for summaries and complete transcriptions of all audio recordings.
10:00 AM – Texas Dance Hall History...
Posted on Sun Jan 19, 2014
Houston Chronicle writer Allan Turner examines the future of the traditional Czech music community in Texas. Setting his article in the Houston Heights dancehall SPJST Lodge 88, Turner traces the roots of Czech culture in Texas and also addresses the crisis facing its future. Texas Folklife Executive Director Cristina Ballí states,"People move away from their communities. They don't...
Posted on Wed Dec 11, 2013
"Papercuts" exhibit by Bradley Jaye Williams was a huge success, thanks to his inspired papercut art, his music and his friends! Texas Folklife fans enjoyed an evening of Polish-American art, music and food, without escaping the Tex-Mex flavors of Austin, of course. A special feature of the night was home-prepared krupnik (honey-infused vodka) by none other than Bradley Williams...
Posted on Thu Nov 7, 2013
It seems like one of the easiest words in Texas to use as a pun is wurst. My head was full of clever puns after attending Wurstfest in New Braunfels last weekend. A two-week celebration of the German influence on Texas culture through food and music is what this 50 year old festival is all about. As always, my reason for going was to hear some of the best German & Czech bands from around the...
Posted on Wed Oct 23, 2013
The Elisabet Ney Museum is the former studio and portrait collection created by 19th century sculptor Elisabet Ney. The museum offers a range of educational programs, exhibits, special events, workshops and lectures throughout the year.