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Big Squeeze

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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 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 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 Jun 12, 2014
    At the 25th Anniversary of Accordion Kings & Queens this year in Houston, Texas Folklife awarded Ms. Mary Thomas the Star of Texas Folklife Award. She became the 4th awardee of this award. Ms. Thomas is a stalwart in the Houston zydeco scene as she has promoted, booked, managed, and performed with the best Texas zydeco bands over the last 30 years. Sister to the late Clifton Chenier, ”...
  • Posted on Sat Jun 7, 2014
    THANK YOU FOR ANOTHER GREAT YEAR! Press for Accordion Kings and Queens 2014:  The Monitor: http://www.themonitor.com/entertainment/regional-ramblings-upcoming-conjunto-events-include-anniversary/article_94e9891a-ecde-11e3-bf64-001a4bcf6878.html Culture Map Houston: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/entertainment/06-01-14-miller-outdoor-theatre-kicks-off-the-summer-season-with-5-...
  • Posted on Sat Apr 26, 2014
    Saturday, April 26 is officially Big Squeeze Day in Austin by city proclamation.  It kicked off the 8th Annual Big Squeeze Contest and Accordion Contest.  The musicians are warming up for their sets on the Bullock Museum Plaza.    Family from near and far, and accordion music fans have staked out their spaces on this wonderfully overcast and breezy day.  Thank You God!...
  • Posted on Wed Apr 23, 2014
    On Saturday, April 26, the plaza in front of the Bullock Texas State History Museum will resemble a high school battle of the bands. Instead of marching bands, however, the Big Squeeze Accordion contest will greet unsuspecting visitors. Tourists will have to weave around makeshift folding chair camps set up by families and fans, there to cheer their hometown Conjunto, zydeco or polka hero or...
  • Posted on Sat Mar 29, 2014
    If you’ve been supporting and/or following Texas Folklife for the last several years, you’ve probably heard the name Juan Longoria, Jr. Longoria, a native of Brownsville, won the Big Squeeze accordion contest in its inaugural year of 2007. He also leads the band Conteño, a unique group that blends the sounds of Conjunto, Tejano and Norteño music traditions. In 2012, he began teaching at Los...

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