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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 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 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 Tue Mar 8, 2016
      TEXAS FOLKLIFE Presents THE BIG SQUEEZE TENTH ANIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA CONCERT Saturday May 7, 2016, 1pm-5pm at Bullock Texas State History Museum 1800 N. Congress Ave - Austin, TX   Show will Celebrate theTenth Anniversary of Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze Program and Showcase past winners of the Statewide Accordion Contest    Line-Up:Los Morales Boyz (Conjunto) ...
  • 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 Sun May 8, 2016
    Wow what a show! Enjoy some shots of the Big Squeeze 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Concert courtesy of David Dodd.   Thank you to all of our performers Los Morales Boyz, guests Rito Pena, Michael Ramos, Juan Longoria, Jr., Keyun Dickson and the Zydeco Masters, The All Around Czechs, The Dallas Street Ramblers, our hosts Bullock Texas State History Museum, emcees Ted Branson,...
  • Posted on Mon Feb 22, 2016
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMEDIA CONTACT:Sheree Scarborough(512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com   TEXAS FOLKLIFE PRESENTS  BIG SQUEEZE TENTH ANIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA CONCERT Concert to be Held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin   Show will Celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze Program  and...
  • Posted on Mon Oct 19, 2015
    The Elisabet Ney Museum and Texas Folklife present the Second First Annual POLKAPOCALYPSE!   Sunday October 25 2015, from noon to 5:30 PM   At the Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E 44th Street, 78751 Our headline act this year? The pride of Denton Texas, Grammy Award winners BRAVE COMBO!! Also featuring Mazeltov Cocktail Hour, The Fabulous Polkasonics, Conjunto Los Pinkys and Polish Pete...
  • 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  ...

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