Big Squeeze Finals – Austin – Bullock Texas State History Museum

Event Category: 
Texas Folklife Event
Event Date: 
Sat Apr 22, 2017 - 1:00PM to 5:00PM


Big Squeeze 2017 Finals
Saturday April 22, 2017 (1pm-5pm)
Bullock Texas State History Museum 
1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 

Texas Folklife and the  Bullock Texas State History Museum are pleased to announce that the Finals for the annual Big Squeeze accordion contest will take place at the museum on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The event will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the Lone Star Plaza in front of the museum (in case of rain it will be held inside), and is free and open to the public. The Big Squeeze finalists will perform before the judges and the public, along with showcase accordion artists throughout the afternoon!  

The finalists are:

Polka Finalists:
Charlie Bubenik 16 Meadows Place, TX
Mason Nesvadba 20 Guy, TX
Robert Suttie 17 Meadows Place, TX

Cajun / Zydeco Finalists:
Donovan Bourque 16 Beaumont, TX
Chloe Johnson 16 Moscow, TX
Steven Williams 13 Humble, TX

Conjunto Finalists:
Ricky G. Casarez 12 Houston, TX
Luis Gonzalez 21 Grand Prairie, TX
Raul Resendez 17 Mission, TX 
Jesus F. Venegas 20 Brownsville, TX 

Showcase Performances by:
Rio Jordan
Ruben Moreno
The Gulf Coast Playboys
Backing band featuring members of Conjunto Los Pinkys and The Gulf Coast Playboys

About the Big Squeeze:
The Big Squeeze is a statewide contest for accordion players ages 21 and under to showcase their performance abilities in any genre of music: polka, zydeco, conjunto, Tejano, Cajun, and more!

#BigSqueeze2017 Sponsors include: Texas Commission on the Artswith an award from National Endowment for the ArtsCity of Austin Cultural Arts DivisionTexas Music Office, You can't hear American Music without hearing Texas, H-E-BHohner AccordionsBullock Texas State History Museum, and Rancho 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.