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Big Squeeze 2023 Finals

Location: Bullock Museum Texas Spirit Theatre (1800 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701)


Texas Folklife and the Bullock Museum are pleased to announce that the Finals for the annual Big Squeeze accordion contest will take place at the museum on Saturday, May 13, 2023. The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the museum's Texas Spirit Theatre.


Big Squeeze finalists will perform before the judges and the public, and four Grand Prize Winners across four genres will be announced (two conjunto category age group winners). Special Performances by Josh Baca & the Hot Tamales and Elena Fainshtein!


2023 Big Squeeze Finalists

Conjunto: 16 & Under
Adiel Emmanuel Vazquez, Pasadena
Chelsea Campos, San Benito
Giovani Guerrero, Mission
Roberto Martinez III, Edcouch

Conjunto: 17-21
Eligio Martinez, San Benito
Gilberto Treviño, Palmview

John Hickl, Elmaton
Levi Burroughs, New Braunfels
Timur Didych, Southlake


Cajun/Zydeco Honorable Mention*

Kevin Hillbun, Scott (LA)


*Note: The Honorable Mention Awardee will not be performing at The Big Squeeze Finals

Event Schedule

12:45 PM Doors Open

1:00 PM Event Starts

1:10 PM Eleana Fainshtein Performs

1:50 PM Conjunto 17-21 Finalists Perform

2:00 PM Conjunto 16 & Under Finalists Perform

2:20 PM Polka Finalists Perform

2:45 PM Josh Baca & the Hot Tamales Perfrom

3:30 PM Grand Prize Winners Announced in All Genres


More on The Big Squeeze and how to audition at


The 2023 Big Squeeze is supported in part by the generosity of H-E-B, a Squeezebox Legend Sponsor, who has contributed to worthy causes throughout Texas and Mexico for 115 years. We are also grateful to the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board for their long-time support. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Music Office, Office of the Governor, as well as contributions from Hohner Accordions, Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Edinburg, the Bullock Museum, the Museum of South Texas History, and other regional partners.


Interested in sponsoring The Big Squeeze? Please contact for more information.