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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

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 Wed May 5, 2010
    Squeezebox sounds filled the air in downtown Austin, a few blocks from the state Capitol at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday May 1st.  Over 660 attendees enjoyed the music of seven talented young accordionists from throughout the state, proving that Texas traditional music is alive and well. The contestants performed Tejano and Zydeco to the delight of the audience,...
  • Posted on Fri Mar 5, 2010
    Texas Folklife is pleased to announce the names of the eight squeeze-boxers who will advance to the semifinal stage in the fourth annual Big Squeeze contest: Peter Anzaldua, 13, from Brownsville; Gloria Jean Cantu, 17, from San Benito; Keyun Dickson, 18, from Houston; Roger Guerra, 17, from Mission; Ignacio Isai Morales, 14, from Dallas; Ruben Paul Moreno, 20, from Houston; Christina Valdez, 11,...
  • Posted on Thu Jan 1, 2009
    January 2009 When fifteen year old Austin High School freshman Anthony Ortiz, Jr. grabbed the stage at the Mexican American Cultural Center during “The Big Squeeze” semi-finals last May, he represented the talented Ortiz family. Anthony’s grandfather, Guadalupe “Lupe” Ortiz, of Shorty and the Corvettes was there, as was Anthony’s dad, Anthony, Sr., who plays guitarron. His great grandfather, a...
  • Posted on Wed Nov 5, 2008
    2008 Big Squeeze winner John Ramirez from Houston appears on the latest edition of "Live from SugarHill Studios."
  • Posted on Wed Nov 5, 2008
    Audience to help pick Big Squeeze winner Texas Folklife's 19th annual Accordion Kings concert is almost here and we're getting excited. Our Co-headliners are Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws and Tejano legends La Tropa F, and warming them up will be the Knights of Dixie Orchestra. And before that, we'll present the three finalists from our second Big Squeeze Accordion Contest. As always, the...
  • Posted on Fri Sep 5, 2008
    Texas Folklife's 19th annual Accordion Kings concert, held June 7 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, was a smashing success, with 6,000 accordion fans in attendance to cheer on our Big Squeeze contest finalists and the featured bands: La Tropa F, Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws and the Knights of Dixie Orchestra. They were particularly thrilled that a hometown boy, Houston's John Ramirez...
  • Posted on Thu Mar 22, 2018
    In February 2018, Texas Folklife hosted a discussion at Larry’s French Market & Cajun Restaurant about how the organization can support efforts of the community to encourage youth participation in Cajun traditional music.  The community discussion touched on three main topics: the reasons behind decline in youth participation in Cajun music in Southeast Texas; comparisons between...
  • Posted on Thu Apr 6, 2017
    TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES THE 2017 BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION CONTEST FINALISTS Contest Finals and Concert to be held at the Bullock Museum on Saturday, April 22 (1pm-5pm)  The judges’ decisions are in! Texas Folklife is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 Big Squeeze Accordion Contest. Finalists will compete on Saturday April 22nd at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum...
  • Posted on Tue Mar 21, 2017
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MEDIA CONTACT: Sheree Scarborough (512) 922-5483, sheree.scarborough@gmail.com                                                 ...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 16, 2017

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