Posted on Mon Dec 12, 2016
It’s that time of the year! Time to start gearing up and spreading the word about this year's round of Big Squeeze Auditions, Showcases and more...
We, at Texas Folklife, are proud that the Big Squeeze is returning in 2017. After taking a year off to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the contest, this splendid program will return in all its squeezebox glory to a city near you. And, I...
Posted on Sun May 8, 2016
Wow what a show! Enjoy some shots of the Big Squeeze 10th Anniversary Extravaganza Concert courtesy of David Dodd.
Thank you to all of our performers Los Morales Boyz, guests Rito Pena, Michael Ramos, Juan Longoria, Jr., Keyun Dickson and the Zydeco Masters, The All Around Czechs, The Dallas Street Ramblers, our hosts Bullock Texas State History Museum, emcees Ted Branson,...
Posted on Mon Feb 22, 2016
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TEXAS FOLKLIFE PRESENTS BIG SQUEEZE TENTH ANIVERSARY EXTRAVAGANZA CONCERT Concert to be Held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, at Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin
Show will Celebrate the Tenth Anniversary of Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze Program and...
Posted on Thu May 7, 2015
TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES THE 26th ANNUAL ACCORDION KINGS & QUEENS FESTIVAL
Free Concert and Los Texmaniacs CD Release Party to be held at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 6
Featuring Grammy-winning Los Texmaniacs with special guests including Flaco Jiménez, Jerome Batiste and the Zydeko Players, Debra Peters and the Love Saints, and 2015 Big Squeeze Champs ...
Posted on Sat Jul 26, 2014
Keeping in tradition of my annual Big Squeeze blog post, I’d like to start this year’s recap by declaring 2014 the Year of the Armadillo. When Austin design firm Frank+Victor revamped our Big Squeeze logo to include the armadill-accordion image, my coworker Michelle mentioned that soon after, many other music programs and festivals were using the armadillo on promotional materials. Of course this...
Posted on Thu Jun 12, 2014
At the 25th Anniversary of Accordion Kings & Queens this year in Houston, Texas Folklife awarded Ms. Mary Thomas the Star of Texas Folklife Award. She became the 4th awardee of this award.
Ms. Thomas is a stalwart in the Houston zydeco scene as she has promoted, booked, managed, and performed with the best Texas zydeco bands over the last 30 years. Sister to the late Clifton Chenier, ”...
Posted on Sat Mar 29, 2014
If you’ve been supporting and/or following Texas Folklife for the last several years, you’ve probably heard the name Juan Longoria, Jr.
Longoria, a native of Brownsville, won the Big Squeeze accordion contest in its inaugural year of 2007. He also leads the band Conteño, a unique group that blends the sounds of Conjunto, Tejano and Norteño music traditions. In 2012, he began teaching at Los...
Posted on Thu Apr 10, 2014
This exhibit represents a sampling of highlights from Texas Folklife's annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival held every June at Houston's Miller Outdoor Theater. All photos below are credited to our long-time photographer, David Dodd. This exhibit can be presented in conjunction with our Touring Roster. TEXAS FOLKLIFE TOURING ROSTER
Santiago JimenezLady DAnthony...
Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
Photo Credit: Deborah Cannon/Austin American-StatesmanAnthony Ortiz, Jr. Austin, TexasAnthony Ortiz, Jr. was a Big Squeeze finalist in 2008 and 2009 and was also featured in The Big Squeeze film. He graduated from Austin High School and is studying at Austin Community College. He performs with his father and his grandfather with Mariachi Corbetas and also plays accordion for the country...
Posted on Mon Jan 27, 2014
Photo Credit: Michelle MejiaRobert & Tina VegaHouston, Texas Robert Vega was a finalist in the inaugural season of The Big Squeeze in 2007 and can be seen in the 2009 documentary, The Big Squeeze. He is a native of the greater Houston area and resides in Missouri City, Texas. Vega comes from a musical family, having performed with Tina y Los Gallitos and Promesa Mortal for many...