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  • Posted on Thu Mar 29, 2018
    Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze Statewide Youth Accordion Contest By Charlie Lockwood, Executive Director clockwood@texasfolklife.org 512-441-9255 www.texasfolklife.org Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze Statewide Youth Accordion Contest is concluding its 12th year with the Big Squeeze Finals and Concert on Saturday April 21st at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.  Since 2007,...
  • Posted on Tue Jan 30, 2018
    ¡Ya viene el Big Squeeze 2018! Buscamos talentosas y talentosos acordeonistas jóvenes para participar en las categorías de Conjunto, Zydeco y Polka. Ahora en su 12o año, el programa Big Squeeze busca representar la gran diversidad geográfica y cultural del estado de Texas, a través de concursos en el Vallde del Río Grande, Houston, el área de Dallas, San Antonio, Corpus Christi y más. Para...
  • Posted on Fri Dec 8, 2017
    Big Squeeze 2018Statewide Youth Accordion ContestSchedule, Contest Rules and Entry Form So, YOU want to participate in the Big Squeeze 2018?   Just follow these steps! ***Accordionists can enter by performing two songs at any of the below showcases where they will be videotaped by Texas Folklife OR they can submit a video entry digitally, by mail or e-mail. They do not have to do both,...
  • Posted on Sun Jun 4, 2017
    Thank you to all of our artists, supporters, sponsors, fans, Miller Outdoor Theater and Texas Folklife crew who made the 28th annual Accordion Kings & Queens an incredible success!   Enjoy some select photos of the event courtesy of David Dodd. Didn't grab a shirt at the show?  Limited edition AKQ 2017 t-shirts are available on our Square marketplace store:      ...
  • Posted on Mon Jun 6, 2016
    Thank you to all of our artists, supporters, sponsors, fans, Miller Outdoor Theater and Texas Folklife crew who made the 27th annual Accordion Kings & Queens a smashing success!  Despite heavy downpours and flooding in the Houston-area in the weeks and days leading up to the event, the skies cleared by the afternoon and we had some fabulous weather for the show.  Czech Melody...
  • 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 Apr 11, 2016
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  • Posted on Fri Jul 8, 2016
       The accordion may be referred to as the symbolic instrument of the polka. Particularly in Texas – where the Czech style of polka refers to the massive immigration from the area now known as Czechia (formerly the Czech Republic; formerly Czechoslovakia; formerly Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia) – the music can be heard far and wide at the various church picnics, weddings, and social...

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