(article) 2017 Big Squeeze Champions

Texas Folklife's 2017 Big Squeeze Champions Are:

Mason Nesvadba 20 Guy, TX - Polka Category

Donovan Bourque 16 Beaumont, TX - Cajun/Zydeco Category

Luis Gonzalez 21 Grand Prairie, TX - Conjunto Category

Each winner was awarded a Hohner accordion, a cash prize, and will play at Texas Folklife's Accordion Kings & Queens concert June 3rd at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, TX.  

A big congratulations and thank you to all of our wonderful finalists, honorable mentions, and contestants from across the state!

Photos courtesy of David Dodd and Marcy Garriott.

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The 2017 Big Squeeze Finals sponsors include: Texas Commission on the Arts with an award from National Endowment for the ArtsCity of Austin Cultural Arts DivisionTexas Music OfficeH-E-BHohner AccordionsBullock Texas State History MuseumRancho Alegre Radio.  Additional support provided by Central Texas Accordion Association.

Regional Venue and Community Partners include: ZydecoEvents.comCajun Sounds Internet Radio Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) Cafe 4212 La Joya ISD Los Fresnos Consolidated ISD Hacienda Records and Recording Studios Ben F. McDonald Public Library Conjunto Heritage Taller Encore Park Dallas Museum of Street Culture.