Posted on Wed Dec 11, 2013
"Papercuts" exhibit by Bradley Jaye Williams was a huge success, thanks to his inspired papercut art, his music and his friends! Texas Folklife fans enjoyed an evening of Polish-American art, music and food, without escaping the Tex-Mex flavors of Austin, of course. A special feature of the night was home-prepared krupnik (honey-infused vodka) by none other than Bradley Williams...
Posted on Fri Nov 15, 2013
The Big Squeeze is a documentary film that follows the newest generation of young accordion players as they compete for Texas Folklife’s annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest held as part of the Accordion Kings and Queens Festival in Houston, Texas.
The Big Squeeze was produced and directed by Hector Galan and is a co-production of Galán Inc and Texas Folklife. It was released on DVD in...
Posted on Thu Nov 7, 2013
It seems like one of the easiest words in Texas to use as a pun is wurst. My head was full of clever puns after attending Wurstfest in New Braunfels last weekend. A two-week celebration of the German influence on Texas culture through food and music is what this 50 year old festival is all about. As always, my reason for going was to hear some of the best German & Czech bands from around the...
Posted on Tue Nov 5, 2013
3pm Genuine mariachi music Mariachi Corbetas featuring former Big Squeeze participant Anthony Ortiz Jr.
4pm Mexican Son Jarocho music with local group Son Armado
5pm West African music and dance with former Texas Folklife apprenticeship master artist Jean-Claude Lessou
Posted on Thu Oct 31, 2013
Last weekend I attended the Blackpot Festival in Lafayette for the first time. Blackpot is a music and food festival celebrating the culture of Southern Louisiana's Acadiana Region. There is a wide range of musical styles and a variety of foods, each being prepared in - you guessed it: black pots. One of the things I found interesting was the similarities between this region and the Gulf Coast...
Posted on Tue Oct 15, 2013
Texas Folklife, Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc., and the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center hosted a small gathering of local cultural leaders interested in developing the next generation of polka musicians and supporters. For seven years Texas Folklife has been producing a state-wide accordion contest, the Big Squeeze, for youth in all genres of Texas traditional music, and polka...
Posted on Sun Oct 6, 2013
The 8th Annual Big Squeeze contest & concert returns to the Bullock Museum in Austin!
This year we'll have 9 finalists competing in 3 separate categories: Conjunto (including Norteno, Tejano, etc); Zydeco (including Cajun, Creole, etc), and Polka (including Czech, German-style, etc.)
THERE WILL BE 3 WINNERS CHOSEN IN AUSTIN!!
They will all three perform at the 25th Annual...
Posted on Tue Oct 1, 2013
Texas Folklife just returned from our nation’s capital after having the great honor of presenting for the third time for American Folklife Center’s Homegrown Concert Series. Our first time was in 2009 when we brought legendary blues guitarist Barbara Lynn and her band from Beaumont, TX. We were invited back last year to present Los Tres Reyes, the kings of trio music and were...
Posted on Wed Sep 11, 2013
Texas Folklife presents Los Texmaniacs at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage and Library of Congress on 9/11/2013.
Los Texmaniacs mix the simplest yet finest ingredients of Texas music to create a sound solidly rooted in tradition, exploding with contemporary vitality. Their versatility has led them to perform at The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, The International Accordion Festival,...
Posted on Wed Aug 14, 2013
AKQ Live! CD had a great release at the historic Antone's Night Club in Austin. The evening offered live music of two bands featured on the CD - Los Texmaniacs of San Antonio fronted by Max Baca and the up and coming Morales Boyz of Dallas, fronted by Big Squeeze Champion Nachito Morales and also including 2013 reigning champion Michael Ramos.
This particular piece shows a one-of-a-...