Texas Folklife Touring Roster [1]

Texas Folklife offers a range of performances, exhibitions, and workshops in the traditional arts for school and community venues. The 2014-2015 touring performances focus on the talented young winners of “The Big Squeeze” accordion contest. The touring package includes a screening of “The Big Squeeze” film and a performance program that can be scaled to your budget. Master classes and TEKS aligned support materials are also available.  Related exhibit Accordion Kings & Queens may also be included.



For rates and more information, please email Texas Folklife [5].


Juan Longoria, Jr., Brownsville, TX: Juan Longoria Jr. was the inaugural winner of The Big Squeeze in 2007. Continue Reading… [6]


Johnny Ramirez, Houston, TX: Johnny Ramirez won The Big Squeeze in 2008. Continue Reading… [7]


Heriberto Rodriguez, Edcouch, TX: In 2009, Heribert Rodriguez was named the winner of The Big Squeeze. Continue Reading… [9]


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


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


Peter Anzaldua, Brownsville, TX: Peter Anzaldua won the 2012 edition of The Big Squeeze. Continue Reading… [15]


Michael Ramos, Dallas, TX: Michael Ramos is the reigning Big Squeeze champion having won in 2013. Continue Reading…


Ruben Paul Moreno, Houston, TX: Ruben Paul Moreno was a finalist in the 2010 edition of The Big Squeeze contest. Continue Reading… [19]


Robert & Tina Vega, Houston, TX:  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. Continue Reading… [21]


Anthony Ortiz, Jr., Austin, TX: Anthony Ortiz, Jr. was a Big Squeeze finalist in 2008 and 2009 and was also featured in the Big Squeeze film. Continue Reading… [23]

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 (Heriberto Rodriguez, Keyun Dickson, Ignacio Morales, Michael Ramos and Ruben Paul Moreno)
Sarah Rucker (Peter Anzaldua)
Michelle Mejia (Robert & Tina Vega)
Chuy Benitez (Johnny Ramirez)