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Big Squeeze 2020

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 3-4pm CST on LIVE


Pre-recorded performances by all 4 of the 2019 Champions and a LIVE announcement of the 2020 Champions



Online entry deadline extended to April 5, 2020. The Big Squeeze will keep on! Judging will be done online and finalists and winners will be announced in April and May. Stay tuned for updates! All live events after March 12 have been canceled due to Covid 19 preparedness. 

Click here for 2020 RULES



April 5 / Deadline for video entries

April 15 / Conjunto Semi-Finalists Announced

April 25 / Finalists Announced

May 1 / Grand Prize Winners Announce


2020 Big Squeeze Schedule

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

Saturday, March 7 / Roma / Roma Municipal Park Pavilion

Friday, March 13 / Los Fresnos / Los Fresnos High School - Canceled

Sunday, Mar 22 / San Antonio / Guadalupe Theatre, in partnership with Conjunto Heritage Taller - Canceled 

Saturday, Mar 28 / Victoria / Polka Workshop / Museum of the Coastal Bend, in partnership with the Victoria County Czech Heritage Society - Postponed

Saturday, April 4 / Edinburg / Conjunto Semi-Finals / Museum of South Texas History - Canceled

Sunday, April 19 / Big Squeeze Finals and Concert / Bullock Texas State History Museum - Canceled

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 send their entries by email or mail no later than *EXTENDED* April 5, 2020 at 12midnight. The complete contest rules and entry forms are available online at 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 Big Squeeze Program Director is longtime Texas Folklife producer and partner Sarah Rucker. Rucker produced the inaugural event in 2007 through 2011 and directed it from 2012-2014 and in 2019.


The Big Squeeze offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and organizations to become sponsors of this distinguished program. For more information on becoming a Big Squeeze Sponsor, visit or call 512-441-9255.

The 2020 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, and the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Additional support is provided by regional partners.