(article) List of Big Squeeze Showcases 2017

This will be the 11th year for The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest. We are excited to find and showcase accordion talent! It is a statewide contest where accordion players ages 21 and under will showcase their performance abilities in three main accordion genre categories: Polka, Cajun / Zydeco and Conjunto. The Polka genre will include German, Czech, and Polish traditions. Cajun / Zydeco will include Creole, Cajun and Zydeco musical traditions. Conjunto will include Norteño and Tejano. Please contact Texas Folklife if you are unsure under which category your music falls. Showcases will be free, open to the public, and feature performances by local musicians.
The Big Squeeze Contest and Texas Folklife strive to represent the state's geographic and cultural diversity. Since 2007, 182 young musicians from more than 32 Texas towns and cities have participated.  Contestants represent communities across this Great State, including the Rio Grande Valley, Houston, Greater Dallas Area, San Antonio, Lubbock, the Permian Basin and more!

Applicants can enter by performing two songs at a showcase where they will be videotaped by Texas Folklife or submit a video entry digitally, by mail or e-mail. They do not have to do both.

See below for details on each confirmed event. Showcases in the Rio Grande Valley to be announced!
  1. Los Fresnos: http://www.texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2017losfresnos // Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1901653056732186/
  2. La Joya: http://www.texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2017lajoya // Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1626079354355336/
  3. Corpus: http://www.texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2017corpus // Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1814446602178514/
  4. Houston - Cafe 4212: http://www.texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2017houston1 // Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/235560626893629/
  5. Houston - MECA: http://www.texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2017houston2 // Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/238575406548159/
  6. Groves / Nederland - Larry's French Market & Cajun Restaurant: http://www.texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2017setx // Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1114154412041259/
  7. Dallas - The Museum of Street Culture: http://www.texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2017dallas
  8. San Antonio - Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center: http://www.texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2017sanantonio
  9. Finals: http://www.texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2017finals

Interested in Sponsoring the Big Squeeze?

Big Squeeze Sponsorship Packet 

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 are accepting sponsorships at the $250, $500, and $1,000+ levels.  Can we count on your support to make the Big Squeeze program a continued success?