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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas

Accordion Kings and Queens

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Accordion Kings and Queens
showcases the amazing musical diversity of Texas accordion styles, featuring legends of conjunto, polka, country western, zydeco, Cajun and more.  Accordion Kings & Queens draws a capacity crowd of six thousand to Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre.  The event celebrates the cultural diversity of Texas by bringing communities together for an evening of dancing and roots music played on the accordion, "the national instrument of Texas".  Come out for an evening of dancing and roots music, featuring the best of Texas accordion music genres.  Pick up your FREE tickets at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre the day of the event. For advance assigned seating, become a member of Texas Folklife by visiting http://www.texasfolklife.org/info/membership or calling 512-441-9255.
Most recent articles, events, video, audio and blog posts for this page:
  • Posted on Sun Oct 6, 2013
    All star list of Big Squeezers - Nachito Morales of Dallas (2011 Champ), Anthony Ortiz Jr. of Austin (finalist), and Michael Lopez Ramos of Dallas (2013 Champ.)  Josh Baca, Texmaniacs accordionist, and guest accordionist Robert Casillas of San Antonio. Even Oscar Garcia, Texmaniacs bassist, takes a turn at the jam! All anchored by one of the most experienced, smooth and capable bajistas in...
  • Posted on Thu Oct 3, 2013
     POSTPONED - Due to inclement weather, the Elisabet Ney Museum has postponed The Polkapocalypse to a later date. The festival was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. Despite the warm hearts and bright smiles that an outdoor Polka festival would create, Saturday’s forecasted high of 45 with a 40% chance of rain simply was too daunting to overcome. A new date will be...
  • Posted on Tue Oct 1, 2013
    Texas Folklife just returned from our nation’s capital after having the great honor of presenting for the third time for American Folklife Center’s Homegrown Concert Series. Our first time was in 2009 when we brought legendary blues guitarist Barbara Lynn and her band from Beaumont, TX. We were invited back last year to present Los Tres Reyes, the kings of trio music and were...
  • Posted on Wed Aug 14, 2013
    AKQ Live! CD had a great release at the historic Antone's Night Club in Austin.  The evening offered live music of two bands featured on the CD - Los Texmaniacs of San Antonio fronted by Max Baca and the up and coming Morales Boyz of Dallas, fronted by Big Squeeze Champion Nachito Morales and also including 2013 reigning champion Michael Ramos.   This particular piece shows a one-of-a-...

    Accordion All-Star Jam at AKQ Live! CD Release Party

  • Posted on Sun Jun 2, 2013
    Thanks to your support, our "Accordion Kings & Queens Live" CD Kickstarter campaign was a success! If you missed the campaign, you can still order a copy of the CD today! The 2012 stellar lineup including Grammy award winners Mingo Saldivar, Los Texmaniacs withMax Baca and David Farias, and Flaco Jimenez. Other performers on the CD include Dora & Her Zydeco Entourage, the Ennis Czech...
  • Posted on Sun Apr 22, 2012
    Featuring Grammy Award winning Los Texmaniacs with Mingo Saldivar and Flaco Jimenes, Dora and the Zydeco Entourage, and Ennis Czech Boys. Plus 2011 Big Squeeze Champion Nachito Morales.
  • Posted on Wed Nov 5, 2008
    Audience to help pick Big Squeeze winner Texas Folklife's 19th annual Accordion Kings concert is almost here and we're getting excited. Our Co-headliners are Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws and Tejano legends La Tropa F, and warming them up will be the Knights of Dixie Orchestra. And before that, we'll present the three finalists from our second Big Squeeze Accordion Contest. As always, the...
  • Posted on Fri Sep 5, 2008
    Texas Folklife's 19th annual Accordion Kings concert, held June 7 at Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston, was a smashing success, with 6,000 accordion fans in attendance to cheer on our Big Squeeze contest finalists and the featured bands: La Tropa F, Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws and the Knights of Dixie Orchestra. They were particularly thrilled that a hometown boy, Houston's John Ramirez...
  • Posted on Fri Jan 17, 2014
    Texas Folklife offers a range of performances, exhibitions, and workshops in the traditional arts for school and community venues. The 2014-2015 touring performances focus on the talented young winners of “The Big Squeeze” accordion contest. The touring package includes a screening of “The Big Squeeze” film and a performance program that can be scaled to your budget. Master classes and TEKS...

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