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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!
Most recent articles, events, video, audio and blog posts for this page:
  • Posted on Mon Jul 29, 2013
    2013 Big Squeeze Winner Michael Ramos jams with Los Hometown Boys at the 2013 Accordion Kings & Queens concert in Houston, Texas.

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  • Posted on Thu May 2, 2013

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    Lala Garza

  • Posted on Tue Apr 30, 2013

    Without fail each year the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest brings a pleasant surprise, and this year (2013) it was eleven year-old Juan Duenes from Brownsville.  To my astonishment I heard a Celtic jig coming from the stage, and it was little Juanito openining up his audition song with a tune by Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, before smoothly transitioning to Tejano Conjunto.  The experienced and masterful musical back-up of his teacher, Santiago Castillo, helped him pull it off, but the idea was not inspired by him - it was all Juanito himself.

    Big Squeeze 2013 Semifinalist Juan Duenes

  • Posted on Thu Apr 7, 2011

    David Lee Garza is a legendary GRAMMY Award winning accordionist of traditional Texas music.  Also following a family tradition, Garza’s musician father Tony first formed the band with his sons David Lee and Adam in 1968 as David Lee Garza y Su Conjunto, later adding son Richard on bass.  Their debut recording, under the same name, was released in 1972.  Their first recording as David Lee Garza y Los Musicales came in 1978.  They soon became a Gold- and Platinum-album-selling machine.  Further solidifying the band’s legacy as a cornerstone of Tejano

  • Posted on Fri Nov 5, 2010

    Keyun took the top prize at Texas Folklife’s 21st annual Accordion Kings & Queens concert at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston on June 5, 2010.  With the title he received a new Hohner accordion, recording time at SugarHill Recording Studios and $1,000 cash, as well as promotional support from Hohner, SugarHill and Texas Folklife.

  • 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.

  • 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, from San Benito; and Jesus E. Zamora, 19, from San Antonio.

  • Posted on Thu Jan 1, 2009

    January 2009

  • 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.

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