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Program: Big Squeeze

Celebrating 17 seasons in 2023, The Big Squeeze is Texas Folklife's statewide contest for youth accordion players to showcase their performance abilities in any Texas genre: polka, zydeco, conjunto, Tejano, Cajun, and more!

The Big Squeeze is a statewide contest for youth accordion players to showcase their performance abilities in any Texas genre: polka, zydeco, conjunto, Tejano, Cajun, and more!


Make a Tax-Deductible Donation to Support The Big Squeeze


2023 Big Squeeze 


Tune up Big Squeezes, the 2023 Big Squeeze Application is available NOW! Entries for the 2023 Big Squeeze Contest will be accepted from February 16 to 11:59 PM CST on March 31!


Visit the Official Big Squeeze 2023 page for Application Guidelines and Entry Forms!


2023 Big Squeeze



This year will feature two in-person showcases: The Big Squeeze Conjunto Semi-Finals on April 15 in Edinburg and The Big Squeeze Finals on May 13 in Austin.


Stay tuned for more details!



The Big Squeeze 2023 is supported by Texas Folklife Board Members, Members across the State, and Hohner, Inc. Grants from the Texas Commission on the ArtsH-E-BTexas Music Officethe City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, and Rancho Alegre Radio. Additional support is provided by regional partners including zydecoevents.comTexas Polka NewsLa Joya Independent School DistrictLos Fresnos Consolidated Independent School DistrictRoma Independent School DistrictMuseum of South Texas HistoryConjunto Heritage Tallerthe Guadalupe Cultural Arts CenterBullock Texas State History Museum, and other community partners and stakeholders dedicated to the preservation and continuation of the accordion tradition. 


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, please email or call 512-441-9255. 

Support The Show

We rely on community members like yourself to help produce this statewide program! If you enjoy The Big Squeeze and other Texas Folklife Programs, please consider supporting our work in one of the following ways:

  • Become a Texas Folklife Member: Our members help to support the production of The Big Squeeze as well as get to enjoy exclusive perks! 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 shirt profits benefit our organization. Shop our online Bonfire Store here

We thank you in advance for your support! Please reach out to if you have another way you would like to support our organization or The Big Squeeze.

All Program Posts and Events

The Big Squeeze 2023
North Texas Giving Day 2022
2022 North Texas Engagement Series
Accordion Teachers Appreciation
2022 Big Squeeze Champions
The Big Squeeze 2022
The Big Squeeze 2021
Members-Only After Party
Kennedy Center Couch Concert
Big Squeeze 2020 Press Release
2019 Big Squeeze Winners Crowned
Juan Longoria, Jr.
The Big Squeeze film