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Big Squeeze 2018 – San Antonio

The Big Squeeze Talent Showcase & Auditions sponsored by Conjunto Heritage Taller at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center is one of many Big Squeeze events across Texas in 2018.

Texas Folklife's Big Squeeze Accordion Program searches for the top youth accordionist talent in Texas. All genres of accordion music are welcome including Conjunto, Zydeco, Cajun, Polka and more. 

Accordionists who cannot attend this showcase to audition can submit an audition video by going to: by March 23 at 11:59pm. 

Finalists will be announced in early-to-mid April and will perform at the Big Squeeze Finals at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin on April 21. 

TEXAS FOLKLIFE PRESENTS The Big Squeeze Talent Showcase & Auditions – San Antonio

Sunday, March 11, 2018 (Registration: 1pm, Show from 2pm-445pm)
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
723 S Brazos St, San Antonio, TX 782076

Big Squeeze Show Timeline: 

1pm: Doors & Registration Opens
2pm: Show Start w/ Opening Remarks
215pm: Auditions Begin
After Auditions: Music by Rito Peña and Felipe Perez
3pm-330pm: Rito Peña
340-440pm: Felipe Perez

We are excited to find and showcase accordion talent! The emphasis for this showcase is CONJUNTO. Conjunto will include Norteño and Tejano. The Polka genre will include German, Czech, and Polish traditions. Cajun / Zydeco will include Creole, Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions. Please contact Texas Folklife if you are unsure under which category your music falls. 

All young accordionists in any of the above styles are encouraged to show up an hour before start time to register for our contest. 

Registration to audition begins at 1pm, Auditions are at 2pm. Music to follow by Rito Peña and Felipe Perez. The event is free and open to the public. 

RSVP on Facebook or on our Eventbrite page at 

For details, entry rules and entry form, GO TO:

The Big Squeeze is supported by the board and members of Texas Folklife, Hohner, Inc., El Norteño Foods, Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival, and by grants from H-E-B, The Texas Music Office, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin’s Economic Development Department, and the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board. Regional community and venue partners include Hacienda Records, Cajun Sounds Internet Radio,, Conjunto Heritage Taller, McDonald Public Library in Corpus Christi, Dallas Public Library Pleasant Grove Branch, Café 4212, Multicultural Education & Counseling through the Arts, Larry’s French Market & Cajun Restaurant, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Los Fresnos High School, La Joya Independent School District, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

You can RSVP on our Facebook or Eventbrite pages


About the Categories

The Conjunto Category has been split into TWO age categories:

• Conjunto Grand Prize, Ages 17 and under
• Anthony Ortiz, Jr. Conjunto Grand Prize, Ages 18-21. The Conjunto grand prize category for ages 18-21 is named in loving memory of Anthony Ortiz, Jr., a former Big Squeeze finalist, virtuosic young professional accordionist, and member of the Texas Folklife family who passed away in 2017.

The Polka Category has been extended include ages 25 and under.

There are no changes in the Cajun and Zydeco Category and all accordionists under 21 as of the date listed on the application should apply. 

For details, entry rules and entry form, GO TO:


Interested in Sponsoring the Big Squeeze? 

The Big Squeeze program and showcase events are partnerships with local businesses, art galleries, record labels, non-profit arts organizations, local public school districts, and universities. We will work with your organization's budget. But, we are also accepting major sponsorships beginning at $5,000+ levels. 

Can we count on your support to make the Big Squeeze program a continued success? Want to see learn more about the Big Squeeze? To see our sponsorship packet, 2017 Finals flyer and photos from our 2017 program, as well as a contestant map from 2007 - 2015, GO TO: