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  • Posted on Tue Apr 30, 2013
    Without fail each year the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest brings a pleasant surprise, and this year (2013) it was eleven year-old Juan Duenes from Brownsville.  To my astonishment I heard a Celtic jig coming from the stage, and it was little Juanito openining up his audition song with a tune by Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, before smoothly transitioning to Tejano Conjunto.  The...
  • Posted on Mon May 7, 2012
    Austin, TX – Texas Folklife presents an afternoon of Texas-style fiddle music with a screening of The Devil’s Box, a feature-length documentary, and award-winning Texas State Champ fiddlers at the Moose Lodge on the east side of Austin from 2:00 to 5:00 PM on Sunday, July 8.   The film is directed by UT Film School grad Jason Hammond, and produced by Austinite Beth Jasper, partners in...
  • Posted on Thu Apr 7, 2011
    TEXAS ZYDECOPhotographs by James FraherThat portion of the I-10 interstate highway that connects the southeast Texas cities of Houston and Beaumont to the southwest Louisiana cities of Lake Charles and Lafayette might well be proclaimed the zydeco corridor of the world. Extending almost equal distances on both sides of the Sabine River, this is a heavily traveled section of road familiar to...
  • Posted on Thu Apr 7, 2011
    David Lee Garza is a legendary GRAMMY Award winning accordionist of traditional Texas music.  Also following a family tradition, Garza’s musician father Tony first formed the band with his sons David Lee and Adam in 1968 as David Lee Garza y Su Conjunto, later adding son Richard on bass.  Their debut recording, under the same name, was released in 1972.  Their first recording as...
  • Posted on Fri Nov 5, 2010
    Keyun took the top prize at Texas Folklife’s 21st annual Accordion Kings & Queens concert at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston on June 5, 2010.  With the title he received a new Hohner accordion, recording time at SugarHill Recording Studios and $1,000 cash, as well as promotional support from Hohner, SugarHill and Texas Folklife. Before the finals, Keyun had expressed how happy he...
  • Posted on Wed May 5, 2010
    Squeezebox sounds filled the air in downtown Austin, a few blocks from the state Capitol at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum on Saturday May 1st.  Over 660 attendees enjoyed the music of seven talented young accordionists from throughout the state, proving that Texas traditional music is alive and well. The contestants performed Tejano and Zydeco to the delight of the audience,...
  • Posted on Fri Mar 5, 2010
    Texas Folklife is pleased to announce the names of the eight squeeze-boxers who will advance to the semifinal stage in the fourth annual Big Squeeze contest: Peter Anzaldua, 13, from Brownsville; Gloria Jean Cantu, 17, from San Benito; Keyun Dickson, 18, from Houston; Roger Guerra, 17, from Mission; Ignacio Isai Morales, 14, from Dallas; Ruben Paul Moreno, 20, from Houston; Christina Valdez, 11,...
  • Posted on Thu Jan 1, 2009
    January 2009 When fifteen year old Austin High School freshman Anthony Ortiz, Jr. grabbed the stage at the Mexican American Cultural Center during “The Big Squeeze” semi-finals last May, he represented the talented Ortiz family. Anthony’s grandfather, Guadalupe “Lupe” Ortiz, of Shorty and the Corvettes was there, as was Anthony’s dad, Anthony, Sr., who plays guitarron. His great grandfather, a...
  • Posted on Wed Nov 5, 2008
    2008 Big Squeeze winner John Ramirez from Houston appears on the latest edition of "Live from SugarHill Studios."
  • 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...

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