Posted on Fri Feb 28, 2014
On February 22nd, 2014, Texas Folklife and Texas Dancehall Preservation presented a polka symposium and festival at Senglemann Hall in Schulenburg, Texas, sponsored by Humanities Texas. Please find the schedule and audio recordings of symposium proceedings below. Stay tuned for summaries and complete transcriptions of all audio recordings.
10:00 AM – Texas Dance Hall History...
Posted on Sun Jan 19, 2014
Houston Chronicle writer Allan Turner examines the future of the traditional Czech music community in Texas. Setting his article in the Houston Heights dancehall SPJST Lodge 88, Turner traces the roots of Czech culture in Texas and also addresses the crisis facing its future. Texas Folklife Executive Director Cristina Ballí states,"People move away from their communities. They don't...
Posted on Fri Nov 22, 2013
Photos by David Dodd: David Lee Garza with Johnny Ramirez (2008 Big Squeeze Champion) and Isaiah Tellez
Texas Folklife is proud to announce that one of its board members, Armando Sanchez, has produced a Latin Grammy Award winning CD, David Lee Garza's "Just Friends." Garza won the award last night at the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. A highly regarded and...
Posted on Fri Nov 15, 2013
The Big Squeeze is a documentary film that follows the newest generation of young accordion players as they compete for Texas Folklife’s annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest held as part of the Accordion Kings and Queens Festival in Houston, Texas.
The Big Squeeze was produced and directed by Hector Galan and is a co-production of Galán Inc and Texas Folklife. It was released on DVD in...
Posted on Fri Oct 18, 2013
Please find our audio recording of the proceedings from the Polka Symposium Schulenburg, TX 2014 here.
Purchase tickets at OuthouseTickets.com HERETickets will also be available at the door at Sengelmann Hall
Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc. and Texas Folklife announce their partnership to produce the Texas Polka Festival & Symposium to be held in Schulenburg on...
Posted on Tue Oct 15, 2013
Texas Folklife, Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc., and the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center hosted a small gathering of local cultural leaders interested in developing the next generation of polka musicians and supporters. For seven years Texas Folklife has been producing a state-wide accordion contest, the Big Squeeze, for youth in all genres of Texas traditional music, and polka...
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-...