We are tracking press coverage of The Big Squeeze 2014 as we travel across the state of Texas to meet young accordion players taking the stage.
You Squeezebox lovers out there can help us out with this. If you see press coverage (television news segments and newspaper, magazine or blog articles) of The Big Squeeze 2014 mentioned in your area, send us the link at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will add the most recent coverage to the top of this page as the season progresses. If you haven't already, catch us on Facebook and Instagram (@traditionaltexas) and share with your friends and family!
February 23, 2014
Houston - Multicultural Education & Counseling for the Arts
A Houston Chronicle photographer covered the Big Squeeze for the paper. Monday morning, this photo appeared in its print edition for February 24. (Photo Credit: Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)
Also on February 20, Houston's NPR affiliate, KUHF, interviewed Texas Folklife executive director, Cristina Balli, previewing our showcase at MECA.
February 22, 2014
Schulenburg - Sengelmann Hall/Texas Polka Fest & Symposium
Last week, the Texas Monthly named the Texas Polka Fest & Symposium in Schulenburg, Texas one of their "Six Must-Attend" events across the state for the weekend of February 21-23. Affirming such a distinction, one of the attendees Saturday drove halfway across the state at least six hours, all the way from Midland! The Texas Monthly is also a news partner with The New York Times, providing the NYT expanded Texas culture coverage. This same article also appeared on the New York Times online edition.
February 9, 2014
Corpus Christi - McDonald Public Library
On February 5, our friend, the legendary Chano Cadena appeared on an early morning teaser segment on KIII-TV 3, ahead of the Big Squeeze coming to Corpus Christi. Check out the clip here.
No rest for the weary as Texas Folklife headed to Corpus Christi after Saturday's stop in La Joya, in search of young accordion talent of South Texas. Logging in 61 years and counting in the music business, Conjunto legend Chano Cadena, performed before a packed house at McDonald Public Library. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times has a photo gallery capturing some of the moments yesterday.
We are estatic to have local television coverage in Corpitos, as KRIS 6 (NBC affiliate) was in the house to cover The Big Squeeze.
KIII TV 3 was on hand to cover the showcase and performance by Chano Cadena and featured The Big Squeeze a segment in its evening newscasts February 9.
In its Monday February 10 edition, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times ran a story spread featured on the front page of its Local news section. The online edition of the story is available to subscribers. (Photo Credit: George Tuley/Caller-Times)
February 8, 2014
La Joya, Texas - La Joya High School
Kicking off Week 2 of The Big Squeeze 2014, Texas Folklife hit the road to La Joya, Texas in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley.
The Monitor newspaper of McAllen, Texas ran an article in its February 15 edition. Writer Eduardo Martinez covered The Big Squeeze for the paper...:
Sarah Rucker, Texas Folklife’s program and events manager, introduced the up-and-coming musicians to the audience. The following entered the contest and showcased their squeezebox playing skills: Marco Ramos, 17, student at La Joya High School; Miguel Peña, 17, student at Palmview High School; Alan Guerra, 17, student at Palmview High School; Jose Lopez Jr., 20, graduate of Mission High School; Alberto "Ranger" Rangel, 17, student at La Joya High School; Roel Sandoval, 15, student at La Joya High School; Alberto Rios Jr., 17, student at Palmview High School; Mariano Resendez, 14, student at Palmview High School.
It was a delightful morning of great music, and a reminder of how much talent we have here in the Valley. Some of the pieces that were performed include "La Grulla," "Idalia," "Viva Seguin," "Atotonilco," "El Oso Negro," "Nievitas," "Accordiones de Oro," "La Repetida," "La Naranjal" and even an instrumental version of "You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’."
The love for this music started at home for many who auditioned. Rangel, who has been playing the accordion for nearly five years, credits his family for introducing him to the genre.
"My grandpa, my uncles, all my family (got me into this)," Rangel said. "My grandpa tunes accordions, his name is Nafael Rangel, he lives here in Peñitas." [Read the rest of the article from The Monitor]
The Monitor also published an online photo gallery February 9, featuring some of the 8 contestants who took to the stage at La Joya High School.
January 30, 2014
We were fortunate to garner a mention about The Big Squeeze from Texas Highways magazine. An article announced our dates and locations of the statewide slate of showcases across Texas.
December 23, 2013
The word went out late last year about the upcoming 2014 edition of The Big Squeeze. The Nueces County Record Star ran an article in their December 23 edition, announcing our search for young accordion players across the state.