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The Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Showcase
The Big Squeeze is a statewide contest for accordion players ages 21 and under to showcase their performance abilities in any genre of music: polka, zydeco, conjunto, Tejano, Cajun, and more!
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  • Posted on Mon Jan 12, 2015
    TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES 2015 BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION THROWDOWN Our ninth annual competition invites young Texas players to showcase their talent and compete for one of three Big Squeeze Grand Prize Winners. One Grand Prize Winner will be selected in each category: Czech/German/PolishPolka; Cajun/Creole/Zydeco; Conjunto/Tejano/Norteño    Austin, Texas – January 12, 2015 – Texas...
  • Posted on Sun Apr 13, 2014
    Photo by David Dodd The results are in for the Big Squeeze Finals!!For the category of Zydeco:-- Randall Jackson of Dallas-- Je'an-Trel Jolivette of Marvel-- DeJe'an Jolivette of MarvelFor the category of Polka:-- Rebecca Huck of Harker Heights-- Chris Trojacek of Ennis-- Garrett Neubauer of AltairFor the category of Conjunto: -- Aaron Salinas of San Antonio-- Luis Gonzales of Grand...
  • Posted on Thu Dec 5, 2013
    It's that time again! We are searching for the best young accordion players in Texas from the categories conjunto, zydeco and polka for our annual Big Squeeze contest. To be eligible, you must be 21 and under and enter by April 7th. Participants may be asked to perform in our finals in Austin on April 26th. You could also win a cash prize. 2014 Entry Form 2014 Contest Rules Texas...
  • Posted on Tue Nov 26, 2013
    BIG SQUEEZE AFTER-PARTY! Tickets: $35 or $60 for two, click here to purchase tickets: http://bigsqueeze2014.brownpapertickets.com/ 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
  • Posted on Fri Jan 17, 2014
    Texas Folklife offers a range of performances, exhibitions, and workshops in the traditional arts for school and community venues. The 2014-2015 touring performances focus on the talented young winners of “The Big Squeeze” accordion contest. The touring package includes a screening of “The Big Squeeze” film and a performance program that can be scaled to your budget. Master classes and TEKS...
  • Posted on Thu May 7, 2015
      TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES THE 26th ANNUAL ACCORDION KINGS & QUEENS FESTIVAL Free Concert and Los Texmaniacs CD Release Party to be held at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 6 Featuring Grammy-winning Los Texmaniacs with special guests including Flaco Jiménez, Jerome Batiste and the Zydeko Players, Debra Peters and the Love Saints, and 2015 Big Squeeze Champs  ...
  • Posted on Tue Apr 28, 2015
    Congratulations to our 2015 Big Squeeze Champions! photos by Marcy GarriottRito Pena of San Antonio, TX - Conjunto CategoryElizabeth Kelley of Port Neches, TX - Cajun/Zydeco CategoryBrandon Hodde of Holland, TX - Polka CategoryEach winner was awarded a Hohner Corona accordion and will play at Texas Folklife's Accordion Kings & Queens concert June 6 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, TX....
  • Posted on Fri Apr 3, 2015
    TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES THE 2015 BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION CONTEST FINALISTS Free Concert and Playoffs to be held at the Bullock Museum on Saturday, April 25 Three Grand Prize Winners will be selected in each category: Polka, Cajun Zydeco, and Conjunto     The judges’ decisions are in! Texas Folklife is pleased to announce the names of the finalists for this year’s Big Squeeze...
  • Posted on Wed Apr 1, 2015
               In eight cities from south, central, east and north Texas, 3,100 miles covered in about 50 hours of driving (the length of a cross-country road trip!), eleven television and radio appearances, presenting seventy four artists in showcases to over 1,000 traditional music fans with twelve partnering cultural organizations or businesses, all in the span of...
  • Posted on Fri Feb 27, 2015
    I am proud to announce that I have been selected as a recipient for a 2015 Community Research Grant from The Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.  This fall I will work with a UT humanities faculty member and access the University's archival and library holdings to do research related to Texas music recordings.  This project will help advance Texas Folklife's...

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