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Big Squeeze 2018 Grand Prize Winners

The #BigSqueeze2018 winners are:

Conjunto 18-21 Anthony Ortiz Jr prize: Jesus Venegas 
Conjunto 17 under: Melanie Gonzalez
Polka: Peter Gresser
Cajun/Zydeco: Steven Williams

Thank you to all of our contestants, the judges decisions were very hard, every player was exceptional. Texas Folklife's goal is to encourage young accordion players to carry on these vital traditions, we want to continue to support you in every way we can.

Photo by Robert Garriott. More photos of Big Squeeze 2018 Finals - Austin coming soon!


The Big Squeeze Finals is supported by Bullock Texas State History Museum, the board and members of Texas Folklife, Hohner Accordions El Norteño FoodsRancho Alegre Radio Conjunto Festival, Polka Beat, Texas Polka News, Alamo Music CenterMotorblade Postering Service , Texas Music Office, and by grants from H-E-BTexas Commission on the Arts, theCity of Austin Cultural Arts Division Economic Development Department, and the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. 

Regional community and venue partners include Hacienda Records, Cajun Sounds Internet Radio,, Conjunto Heritage Taller, McDonald Public Library in Corpus Christi, Dallas Public Library Pleasant Grove Branch, Café 4212, Multicultural Education & Counseling through the Arts, Larry’s French Market & Cajun Restaurant, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Los Fresnos High School, La Joya Independent School District, Central Texas Accordion Association, Munoz Snapshots, Nuestra Musica Monthy, Motorblade Postering Serivce, Debra Peters Music & Accordion Round-Up, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.