(article) Texas Folklife Touring Roster

The 2018-2020 touring performances focus on the talented young champions of Texas Folklife's "Big Squeeze" statewide accordion contest, exemplifying the unique musical traditions of Texas: Cajun, zydeco, conjunto/Tejano and polka. Artists included in the current roster: Keyun Dickson & the Zydeco Masters, the Dallas Street Ramblers (Elizabeth Kelly and Donovan Bourque), Nachito Morales & Los Morales Boyz, Luis Gonzales, Mason Nesvadba, and the All Around Czechs (Brandon Hodde and Garrett Neubauer).


Touring package includes a screening of "The Big Squeeze" documentary film by esteemed filmmaker Hector Galan. Musician-led master classes and related "Accordion Kings and Queens" photo exhibit celebrating the diversity of Texas accordion music are also available. Project can be scaled to the presenter's budget. Texas Folklife is a statewide organization dedicated to presenting, promoting, and preserving the diverse living heritage of the Lone Star State.


BIG SQUEEZE FILM
ACCORDION KINGS & QUEENS EXHIBIT

 

For rates and more information, please email Texas Folklife.

 

Mason Nesvadba, Guy, TX: Mason Nesvadba was the Polka Grand Prize WInner in the 2017 edition of the Big Squeeze. Continue Reading…

 

Elizabeth Kelly & Donovan Bourque

Elizabeth Kelly, Port Neches, TX: Elizabeth Kelly was the Cajun/Zydeco Grand Prize WInner in the 2015 edition of the Big Squeeze. Continue Reading…

Donovan Bourque, Beaumont, TX: Donovan was the Cajun/Zydeco Grand Prize Winner of the 2017 Big Squeeze Competition. Continue Reading…


Luis Gonzalez, Grand Prairie, TX: Luis Gonzalez was the Conjunto Grand Prize Winner for the 2017 edition of the Big Squeeze. Continue Reading…


Keyun Dickson & the Zydeco Masters, Houston, TX: Keyun Dickson became the first Zydeco winner of The Big Squeeze in 2010. Continue Reading…



All Around Czechs (Brandon Hodde and Garrett Neubauer)

Brandon Hodde, Holland, TX: Brandon Hodde was the Polka Grand Prize Winner in the 2015 Big Squeeze. Continue Reading…

Garrett Neubauer, Altair, TX: Garrett Neubauer was the Polka Grand Prize Winner in the 2014 edition of the Big Squeeze. Continue Reading…

 

Nachito & Los Morales Boys, Dallas, TX: Ignacio Morales was The Big Squeeze champion of 2011. Continue Reading…


 

Note: Each of these artists can be hired as a solo performer or with their band to perform at region-specific events or statewide events such as conferences and festivals. 


Photo Credits: 
David Dodd (Mason Nesvadba, Donovan Bourque, Luis Gonzalez,  Keyun Dickson, Garrett Neubauer, snd Ignacio Morales)
Marcy Garriott (Elizabeth Kelly and Brandon Hodde)