(article) Michael Ramos

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Michael Ramos, Dallas, TX:
Michael Ramos is the reigning Big Squeeze champion having won in 2013. He hails from Dallas, Texas where he is currently a senior at Gilliam Collegiate Academy. After he graduates this year, he will pursue a college education and aim to form his own conjunto.

As a child, he had picked up the accordion a few times.
His uncle first introduced him to the accordion. When he was about 13, he began to take the accordion seriously. While his uncle's accordion was not in the best shape, Ramos made do. When his parents noticed he took to the instrument enthusiastically by learning rancheras and polkas, they bought him his first Hohner accordion. Ramos is versatile on other instruments as well. Not long after he began learning the accordion, he turned his attention to the bajo sexto, a 12-string rhythmic guitar prevalent in conjunto and norteño. In the past year, he picked up the bass. He plays with a local conjunto in Dallas. Ramos has been profoundly influenced by late legendary conjunto accordionists such as Angel Flores, Ruben Vela and Tony De La Rosa. He also cites norteño influences from groups such as Los Cachorros de Juan Villarreal. Video clip

Most Notable Performances 

October 5, 2013                        Trinity River Audobon Center Lecture-Dallas      

August 4, 2013                           Accordion Kings and Queens CD Release Party-Antone's

June 1, 2013                               Accordion Kings and Queens-Miller Outdoor Theatre (Winner)

April 20, 2013                             Big Squeeze Semi-Finals-Bob Bullock Museum (Finalist)

April 19, 2013                             Big Squeeze Backyard Bash-Austin

March 24, 2013                          Big Squeeze-Latino Cultural Center

June 2, 2012                               Accordion Kings and Queens-Miller Outdoor Theatre (Finalist)

April 28, 2012                             Big Squeeze Semi-Finals-Bob Bullock Museum