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33rd Annual Accordion Kings & Queens

Location: This year's show will be live streamed AND live on stage at Miller Outdoor Theatre (6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030).

Texas Folklife is proud to present the 33rd annual Accordion Kings & Queens! Come out for an evening of roots music, featuring the best of Texas accordion music genres!

Celebrate the very best of Texas Squeezebox – join us for Accordion Kings and Queens!

Support the AKQ Silent Auction & Benefit

 

All performances at Miller Outdoor Theatre are FREE!

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2022 Lineup

Give it up for the 2022 Accordion Kings & Queens Lineup!

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Las Fenix

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Consisting of five sisters from Houston, Texas, this Norteño phenom has been on the rise and recently released their latest single Diganle just last year. 

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RJ & Kreole Smoove

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Zydeco & Creole music featuring accordionist and touring musician Randall Jackson, who also won Texas Folklife’s  Big Squeeze statewide accordion contest championship in 2014.

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 Cameron Dupuy & the Cajun Troubadours

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Accordionist Cameron Dupuy not only won the Big Squeeze in 2021 but won 8 other contest titles before that and plays alongside his father Michael Dupuy in the band who received a Grammy nomination for their debut self-titled album, “Cameron Dupuy and the Cajun Troubadours” in late 2020. 

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The 2022 Big Squeeze Champions

This year’s winners from Texas Folkife’s Big Squeeze statewide youth accordion contest in the genre categories of Polka, Cajun, Zydeco and Conjunto will perform alongside this year’s lineup of seasoned musicians. Learn more about this year's winners here.


Tickets

Tickets to the Accordion Kings & Queens Concert are free with reservation!

 

Get Tickets Now - May 31st by Becoming a Texas Folklife Member

Ticket reservations are available now exclusively to Texas Folklife Members. Current Members can reserve assigned covered seating for the 33rd Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert on June 4th at the Miller Outdoor Theatre before they are available to the general public on June 3rd. The deadline to reserve tickets is May 31st!

All tickets will be sent digitally in an email attachment from Purple Pass by June 3rd and can be printed or scanned from your mobile device for admission into the theatre.

Become a Texas Folklife Member Today to reserve your AKQ tickets and receive other exciting perks!

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General Admission Tickets Available June 3rd

General Admission Tickets under the covered seating will be available on the Miller Outdoor Theatre Website starting June 3rd at 10:00 AM Central Time. Tickets are limited to four (4) per person. Limited amounts of tickets will be available at the box office on the night of the performance.

 

No tickets are necessary for seating on the hill.


Support the Show!

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It takes a village to put on a show like this, and we would not be able to offer free and low-cost folk & traditional arts programming like Accordion Kings & Queens without the support of our members and donors! Please consider supporting our work in one of the following ways:

  • AKQ Silent Auction & Benefit: Join us at Axelrad Beer Garden in Houston on May 21st at 4 PM for a fun afternoon of accordion themed drinks, music, and a silent auction in support of Accordion Kings & Queens. Purchase tickets here. Silent Auction Bidding closes at 5:30 PM Central on May 21st.
  • Become a Texas Folklife Member: Our members enjoy exclusive perks such as early access to reserved covered seats to AKQ, complimentary raffle entries, and more! Membership fees are tax-deductible donations. Learn more about Texas Folklife Memberships here.
  • Donations: Consider making a tax-deductible donation to support Texas Folklife here.
  • Buy TXF Merch: Purchase new Texas Folklife shirt designs! 100% of shit profits benefit our organization. Shop our online Bonfire Store here.

We thank you in advance for your support! Please reach out to memberships@texasfolklife.org if you have another way you would like to support our organization or the Accordion Kings & Queens show.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is Accordion Kings & Queens?

Since 1989, the Accordion Kings & Queens Concert has been a staple event of the Houston area. Bringing in capacity crowds at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, AKQ celebrates the musical diversity of the accordion within Texan cultural communities. Historically, the show has showcased the genres of polka, conjunto, zydeco, cajun, Tejano, swing, & more. This year, the event will take place live at the Miller Outdoor Theatre and online. 

Mark your calendar to tune in live on June 4th!

 

Special Events:

- May 21: AKQ Silent Auction & Benefit at Axelrad

Where to Watch

There are four ways you can watch the show live on June 4th:


1. In-person: Join us at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston to watch the show in-person!

2. Online Options

  1. Facebook: The show will streamed on the Texas Folklife and Miller Outdoor Theatre Facebook Pages
  2. YouTube: The show will streamed on the Texas Folklife and Miller Outdoor Theatre YouTube Channels
  3. Miller Outdoor Theatre Website
Important Dates

Here are some dates for #AKQ2022 to keep on your radar!

  • May 14: Bidding for Silent Auction Opens

  • May 21: AKQ Silent Auction and Benefit

  • May 31: Deadline for Texas Folklife Members to Request AKQ Tickets with TXF

  • June 2-3: Member Tickets distributed via email (look for an email from purple pass)

  • June 3: Theatre Ticket Online Reservation Opens at 10 AM Central

  • June 4: 33rd Annual Accordion Kings & Queens & Raffle Drawings (Must be present to win)

Ticket Information

All tickets to Accordion Kings & Queens are FREE! Texas Folklife Members have the opportunity to reserve tickets in advance through our Ticket Reservation form. General Tickets (offered through the Miller Theatre Website) will be available closer to the show date. Read below for more information on claiming covered seating for the 33ed Annual Accordion Kings & Queens.

 

Tickets for Texas Folklife Members: 

We are excited to offer our current members* the opportunity to reserve assigned covered seating for the 33rd Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Concert on June 4th at the Miller Outdoor Theatre before they are available to the general public on June 3rd. Tickets are limited, please respond as soon as possible to reserve your tickets while you can. The deadline to reserve tickets is May 31st!

Members, please fill out this form to reserve your tickets for virtual tickets. You will receive your tickets in an email attachment from Purple Pass by June 3rd and can be printed or scanned from your mobile device for admission into the theatre. Please verify your email is correct before your submit your form!


Members: Reserve Your Tickets By May 31st!

Click here to become a Texas Folklife Member or renew your membership today! We will verify all memberships before assigning tickets.


*Note: To be eligible to receive your virtual tickets, you must meet the following requirements: 1. Be a current Texas Folklife Member as of June 1, 2022 2. Have reserved tickets using the Texas Folklife Member Ticket RSVP Form 

 

General Tickets: Free tickets under the covered seating will be available on the Miller Outdoor Theatre Website starting June 3rd at 10:00 AM Central Time. Tickets are limited to four (4) per person. Limited amounts of tickets will be available at the box office on the night of the performance. No tickets are necessary for seating on the hill.

Texas Folklife Information & Merchandise Table

Hours of Operation

Coming soon

 

How to Find Us

We will be located on the backside of the theatre building, to the right of the Miller Theatre Box Offices (if facing the Box Office). We will have "Texas Folklife" signs and banners displayed.

 

Picking Up Texas Folklife Member Raffle Tickets

Please check in with a Texas Folklife Team member to pick up your complimentary raffle tickets for the Hohner Accordion or Custom Handmade Cowboy Boots Raffles.

You will NOT be picking up your show tickets at the Texas Folklife table! Please check the email account that you filled out your RSVP form with for an email from Purple Pass. Attached to that email will be your tickets. Members must fill out the Ticket RSVP Form by May 31st to claim tickets.

Raffle Tickets

Our annual raffle is back with two exciting prizes: a brand new Hohner Accordion and a Pair of Custom Cowboy Boots from Al's Handmade Boots!

 

Raffle tickets will be available to purchase in-person at the Texas Folklife Merchandise Table for $5 a ticket.

 

Current Texas Folklife Members and those who become a member or renew their memberships before or during the show will receive the following amount of tickets to the raffle (dependent on membership level):

  • Student/Senior: 5 Tickets
  • Individual: 5 Tickets
  • Family: 10 Tickets
  • Folklife Friend: 10 Tickets
  • Folk Hero: 15 Tickets
  • Folk Legend: 15 Tickets
  • Folk Saint: 20 Tickets

 

Purchase an Annual or Monthly Sustaining Membership to claim your free tickets and other exciting perks!

 

Other ways to get Raffle Tickets:

1. Purchase New TXF Merch: Wear one of the new TXF Bonfire shirts to AKQ and receive two free raffle tickets when you visit our Info Table at the show (can also show receipt of purchase to claim tickets).

2. Attend the AKQ Silent Auction & Benefit: Tickets will be available for $5 a ticket at the benefit.

Merch Options

2022 Merch Information Coming Soon!

 

Purchase new and vintage Texas Folklife merch designs on Bonfire!

How do I get to the Show?

The Miller Outdoor Theatre is located at 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030 in Hermann Park, just south of the Museum of Natural Science and the McGovern Centennial Gardens.

Find information on parking at the venue and taking the Metro to the Theatre on the Miller Website.

How to Support the Show

It takes a village to put on a show like this, and we would not be able to offer free and low-cost folk & traditional arts programming like Accordion Kings & Queens without the support of our members and donors! Please consider supporting our work by purchasing an annual or monthly recurring membership or a one-time donation. Find all the ways to give to Texas Folklife here.