Program: Accordion Kings and Queens
Join us for a night as big as the Lone Star State showcasing the amazing musical diversity of Texas accordion styles.
Texas Folklife’s Accordion Kings & Queens (AKQ) draws thousands annually to Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. The event celebrates the cultural diversity of Texas by bringing communities together for an evening of roots music, featuring a variety of Texas accordion music genres.
Thank you to everyone who watched live in person or online on Saturday, November 6, 2021! If you missed the show live or want to watch it again, you can watch the 32nd Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert anytime on Facebook or YouTube!
We can't wait to see you back at the Miller in 2022! Keep updated on the latest Texas Folklife events and programming by signing up for our monthly newsletter here!
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Give it up for the incredible 2021 Accordion Kings & Queens Lineup!
Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys
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Broussard and his Creole Cowboys deliver great, pack-the-floor renditions of Creole classics, cultivating and inspiring new generations of Creole Zydeco fans. Broussard has received numerous awards, including Accordionist of the Year, the Trailblazer Award, and has been inducted into the Louisiana Folklife Center’s Hall of Fame.
Known as The Squeeze Box Girl, Valdez is a rising Conjunto star from San Benito, Texas, a town known for its musical heritage including being the birthplace of Freddy Fender. Valdez was a 2018 finalist of Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze, and in the years since has seen a meteoric rise in her career, performing all over Texas with her band.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is Accordion Kings & Queens?
Since 1989, the Accordion Kings & Queens Concert has been a staple event of the Houston area. Bringing in capacity crowds at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, AKQ celebrates the musical diversity of the accordion within Texan cultural communities. Historically, the show has showcased the genres of polka, conjunto, zydeco, cajun, Tejano, swing, & more. This year, the event will take place live at the Miller Outdoor Theatre and online.
Stay tuned for updates on the 2022 show!
- Where to Watch
- Important Dates
Here are some dates for #AKQ2021 to keep on your radar!
October 6 - Hohner Corona II & Private Accordion Lesson Raffle Opens
October 15 - Bidding for Silent Auction Opens
October 23 - Member Appreciation Happy at Saint Arnold's
November 3 - Deadline for Members to Request AKQ Tickets
November 4 - Theatre Tickets Online Reservation Opens at 9 AM Central
November 15 - Last Day to Bid on Silent Auction Items
- Ticket Information
Tickets for Texas Folklife Members: We are excited to offer our current members* the opportunity to reserve assigned covered seating for the 32nd Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert on November 6th at the Miller Outdoor Theatre before they are available to the general public on November 4th. Tickets are limited, please respond as soon as possible to reserve your tickets while you can. The deadline to reserve tickets is November 3rd!
Members, please fill out this form to reserve your tickets for pick up at the Texas Folklife Information & Merchandise Table. We will not be mailing out tickets this year. You must pick up your tickets BEFORE THE SHOW between 5:30 PM and 6:45 PM Central Time.
All tickets unclaimed at 6:45 PM will not be able to be picked as they are required to be released and returned to the theater box office to become available to the open public directly before the show.
*Note: To be eligible to pick up tickets, you must meet the following requirements: 1. Be a current Texas Folklife Member as of November 21st, 2021 2. Have reserved tickets using the Texas Folklife Member Ticket RSVP Form 3. Arrive before 6:45 PM
General Tickets: Free tickets under the covered seating will be available on the Miller Outdoor Theatre Website starting November 4th at 9:00 AM Central Time. Tickets are limited to four (4) per person. Limited amounts of tickets will be available at the box office on the night of the performance. No tickets are necessary for seating on the hill.
- Texas Folklife Information & Merchandise Table
Hours of Operation
Texas Folklife Information & Merch Table: 5:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Texas Folklife Member Ticket Pick Up: 5:30 PM - 6:45 PM
How to Find Us
We will be located on the backside of the theatre building, to the right of the Miller Theatre Box Offices (if facing the Box Office). We will have "Texas Folklife" signs and banners displayed.
Picking Up Texas Folklife Member Tickets
Please remember to pick up your tickets before the show. You will check in with a team member at the table who will have your tickets ready for you. Do not go to the box offices to pick up your tickets if you reserved them using our form! More information on claiming member tickets is available in the "Ticket Information" Tab
- Raffle Tickets
Update: The raffle is now CLOSED! Congratulations to Marcy for winning a brand new Hohner accordion and a one-on-one lesson with Roberto Rodriguez III!
Our annual Accordion Raffle is back and better than ever! You can now win a brand new Hohner Corona II Accordion AND A Private Lesson with accomplished Houston musician, Roberto Rodriguez III.
Visit https://go.rallyup.com/akq32raffle to purchase your tickets.
Current Texas Folklife Members and those who become a member or renew their memberships by 9:00 PM Central Time on November 6 will receive the following entries to the raffle:
- Student/Senior: 25 Entries
- Individual: 35 Entries
- Family: 60 Entries
- Folklife Friend: 100 Entries
- Folk Hero: 250 Entries
- Folk Legend: 500 Entries
- Folk Saint: 1000 Entries
- Merch Options
Online: Not able to make it to the show? No worries! You can get the official 32nd Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Commemorative t-Shirt plus other limited edition designs shipped directly to you on https://www.bonfire.com/store/texas-folklife starting now!
All proceeds from merch, the accordion raffle, silent auction, and memberships directly benefit Texas Folklife programming. Thank you for your support of our work by purchasing a t-shirt at the show or online!
- How do I get to the Show?
The Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030 in Hermann Park, just south of the Museum of Natural Science and the McGovern Centennial Gardens.
Find information on parking at the venue and taking the Metro to the Theatre on the Miller Website.
- Why is There a Limited Lineup This Year?
Due to health guidelines and the financial impacts Covid-19 has had on the arts, we are unable to have our traditional lineup of 4-5 bands. We hope to return to that format and include even more accordion music genres in 2022. We are very excited to return to the stage this year.
- How to Support the Show
It takes a village to put on a show like this, and we would not be able to offer free and low-cost folk & traditional arts programming like Accordion Kings & Queens without the support of our members and donors! Please consider supporting our work by purchasing an annual or monthly recurring membership or a one-time donation. Find all the ways to give to Texas Folklife here.
Thank you to the sponsors of the 32nd Annual Accordion Kings & Queens for making this show possible: Hohner, Texas Commission on the Arts, Miller Outdoor Theatre, The Raven Grill, CenterPoint Energy, Court Record Research, Inc, AARP Houston, and Texas Music Office!
Interested in sponsoring next year's show? View our sponsorship packet here