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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas


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  • Posted on Thu Jan 8, 2015

    Texas Folklife presents our third Big Squeeze Showcase of 2015, in Houston TX., at MECA, located at 1900 Kane St. We are searching for the best age 21 and under accordion players in Texas. The emphasis for this showcase is on Conjunto, but any young accordionist in any style is encouraged to show up an hour before start time to register for our contest. Click the Big Squeeze Button at the top of the main page for more details, rules, and entry forms. Special musical guest Los Hermanos Cortez will perform after the Contest. This event is free and open the public.

  • Posted on Thu Jan 8, 2015

    Auditions will be held at the La Joya High School Performing Arts Center. More info coming soon! 

  • Posted on Wed Dec 10, 2014

  • Posted on Sat Jul 26, 2014

    Keeping in tradition of my annual Big Squeeze blog post, I’d like to start this year’s recap by declaring 2014 the Year of the Armadillo. When Austin design firm Frank+Victor revamped our Big Squeeze logo to include the armadill-accordion image, my coworker Michelle mentioned that soon after, many other music programs and festivals were using the armadillo on promotional materials.

  • Posted on Thu Jun 12, 2014

    At the 25th Anniversary of Accordion Kings & Queens this year in Houston, Texas Folklife awarded Ms. Mary Thomas the Star of Texas Folklife Award. She became the 4th awardee of this award.

  • Posted on Tue Jun 10, 2014

    Thanks to everyone that joined us at our 25th annual Accordion Kings and Queens concert. What a great night with great music and fun! Here is a photo recap by the one and only David Dodd. 

  • Posted on Tue Nov 26, 2013

    We will be exhibiting the work of James Fraher at the Houston 2014 FotoFest. It will be on display at the Art Department Gallery of Houston Community College Central from Feb 25th until March 30th.

  • Posted on Tue Nov 12, 2013

  • Posted on Thu Oct 31, 2013

    Last weekend I attended the Blackpot Festival in Lafayette for the first time. Blackpot is a music and food festival celebrating the culture of Southern Louisiana's Acadiana Region. There is a wide range of musical styles and a variety of foods, each being prepared in - you guessed it: black pots. One of the things I found interesting was the similarities between this region and the Gulf Coast Texas region in which I was raised.

  • Posted on Thu Apr 7, 2011