(article) Texas Folklife Hosts 2020 Big Squeeze Finals "From-Home" Concert This Friday

 

 


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TEXAS FOLKLIFE HOSTS 2020 BIG SQUEEZE FINALS “FROM-HOME” CONCERT

ONLINE THIS FRIDAY, MAY 1


Virtual Event Crowns Top Youth Accordion Players from Across the State

 

WHAT:

Texas Folklife is hosting its 14th annual Big Squeeze Finals Concert online this Friday to crown the state’s top youth accordion players in the traditional Texas accordion music genres including conjunto, polka, Cajun and zydeco.  

 

The Big Squeeze Finals — originally programmed to feature live youth accordion competitions and a live concert at the Bullock Texas State History Museum —  was reimagined and moved to a Facebook Live event in response to state social distancing mandates. The virtual Big Squeeze Finals will feature live Grand Prize winner announcements, special performances by 2019 Big Squeeze Champions Elijah Clements, Chloe Johnson, Perla Hernandez, and Eduardo Garza with a surprise duet with two former winners.

 

Friday’s event is the culmination of the 2020 Big Squeeze youth accordion programming that began in February and drew dozens of talented young musicians from across the state. Contestants entered the contest through live competitions and recorded submissions. After a round of semi-finals, judges then selected eleven finalists and four Rising Star awards. Three Grand Champions will be announced during the online event. Each of the winners will receive a prize package and future performance opportunities with Texas Folklife. 

 

WHEN: 

Friday, May 1

3-4 p.m. 


WHERE: 

Facebook Live 

Big Squeeze Finals Facebook Event Link 

 

EVENT SCHEDULE: 

3:00 p.m. — Special Performances by 2019 Big Squeeze Winners 

3:30 p.m. — 2020 Big Squeeze Grand Prize Winners Announcement

3:55 p.m. — Surprise Performance

2020 Big SQUEEZE FINALISTS AND RISING STAR AWARDS:

Conjunto Finalists

Johnny Joe Gutierrez, Mission

Jorge Ramirez, Roma

Jose Angel Torres, Roma

Jose Vasquez, Farmersville

Manuel Tovar, Brownsville

Nathan Gonzalez, Mission

Roberto Flores, Mission

Yarely Gomez, Roma

 

Conjunto Rising Star Awards (12 and under)

Annie Gutierrez, Houston

Giovanni Guerrero, Mission

Vianey Villarreal, Houston

 

Polka Finalists

Isaak Wolfshohl, Seguin

Nick Heatly, Dallas

Timothy Regheta, Plano

 

Cajun Rising Star Award

Bridget Roberts, Bridge City

 

HI-RES PHOTOS:

Courtesy of Texas Folklife 


CONTACTS: 

Krissi Reeves / High Kick PR / 512-659-1385 / Krissi@highkickpr.com 

Sarah Rucker / Program Director /  512-773-1161 / bigsqueeze@texasfolklife.org 


ABOUT THE BIG SQUEEZE:

The Big Squeeze is presented by Texas Folklife as part of its mission to preserve and present Texas’ diverse cultural heritage. Since 2007, Texas Folklife has promoted Texas accordion music genres through the Big Squeeze program. More than 300 young, talented players from dozens of Texas communities have participated in the program, which supports these vital community-based accordion music traditions. The 2020 Big Squeeze Program Director is longtime Texas Folklife producer and partner Sarah Rucker. The program is sponsored in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Texas Music Office, the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, Hohner Accordions, H-E-B, Central Texas Accordion Association and Rancho Alegre Radio. 


ABOUT TEXAS FOLKLIFE:

 

Texas Folklife (TXF) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. TXF is designated by the National Endowment for the Arts as the official folk and traditional arts organization for the state.  Since 1984, the TXF has honored traditions passed down within communities, explored the importance of traditional arts in contemporary society and celebrated the state’s vibrant heritage by providing arts experiences enjoyable and accessible for all generations. For more information, visit texasfolklife.org