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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 Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: David DoddHeriberto Rodriguez Edcouch, TexasIn 2009, Heriberto Rodriguez was named the winner of The Big Squeeze. Rodriguez was raised Edcouch-Elsa, Texas. He competed in the The Big Squeeze 2008 finals. The next year won The Big Squeeze in 2009 at the age of 16, after much practice and cross-state speaker phone meetings with 2008 winner, Johnny Ramirez. He draws musical...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Photo Credit: Chuy Benitez Photo Credit: Chuy Benitez Johnny Ramirez Houston, Texas Johnny Ramirez won The Big Squeeze in 2008. He has been playing the accordion since he was 4. Johnny Ramirez graduated from Houston's John H. Reagan High School. He cites Jaime y Los Chamacos as his favorite conjunto. Stylistically, Ramirez has been heavily influenced by Jaime de Anda of Los Chamacos and the...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
    Juan Longoria, Jr. Brownsville, TexasJuan Longoria Jr. was the inaugural winner of The Big Squeeze in 2007. Since winning the first installment of The Big Squeeze, Juan Longoria, Jr. has gone on to record CDs and receive awards with his band, Conteño, known for their blending of conjunto, Norteño, and Tejano. Conteño received the Upcoming Conjunto award in 2011 from the South Texas 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...


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