The Big Squeeze returns for its 14th annual contest and concert series!
3:00 pm Contestants Check in
4:00 pm Live Auditions Begin
4:45 pm Performance by Los Morales Boyz
6:00 pm Event ends
Interested players are encouraged to submit an application ahead of the showcase date to reserve a slot or arrive an hour before the showcase begins to fill out an application. Those who live more than 20 miles from a showcase may also mail or email their entries to arrive at Texas Folklife no later than March 22nd at 12midnight. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or visit texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2020
*Top Ten Records is the oldest record store in Dallas, TX now a community supported nonprofit library and arts & culture organization. The mission is to develop and sustain a piece of Oak Cliff history as a resource for media literacy and cultural study, while preserving, restoring, and making available to the public an archive of music and film through the retail shop, the library project, the Texas Music Archive project, and small cultural events like concerts, film screenings, workshops, art exhibits, and classes.
Parking Meters effective every day until 4pm / 1quarter = 1hour
Saturday, Feb. 15 / Pasadena / Macro Plaza Mall, in partnership with The PEACE (Pasadena Education, Arts, & Cultural Engagement) Center
Sunday, Feb. 16 / Houston / Jax Restaurant
Sunday, March 1 / Dallas / Top Ten Records
Saturday, March 7 / Palmview / Palmview High School
Friday, March 13 / Los Fresnos / Los Fresnos High School
Saturday, March 7 / Roma / Roma Municipal Park Pavilion
Sunday, Mar 22 / San Antonio / Guadalupe Theatre, in partnership with Conjunto Heritage Taller
Saturday, April 4 / Edinburg / Conjunto Semi-Finals / Museum of South Texas History
Sunday, April 19 / Big Squeeze Finals and Concert / Bullock Texas State History Museum
Interested players are encouraged to submit an application ahead of the showcase date to reserve a slot or arrive an hour before the showcase begins. Those who live more than 20 miles from a showcase may also mail or email their entries to arrive at Texas Folklife no later than March 22nd at 12midnight. The complete contest rules and entry forms are available online at texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2020 or by calling 512-441-9255.
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 season of Texas Folklife's Big Squeeze is supported by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts, the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, H-E-B, Texas Music Office, Rancho Alegre Radio, and the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Additional support is provided by regional partners.