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The Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Showcase
The Big Squeeze is a statewide contest for accordion players ages 21 and under to showcase their performance abilities in any genre of music: polka, zydeco, conjunto, Tejano, Cajun, and more!
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  • Posted on Fri Apr 3, 2015
    TEXAS FOLKLIFE ANNOUNCES THE 2015 BIG SQUEEZE ACCORDION CONTEST FINALISTS Free Concert and Playoffs to be held at the Bullock Museum on Saturday, April 25 Three Grand Prize Winners will be selected in each category: Polka, Cajun Zydeco, and Conjunto     The judges’ decisions are in! Texas Folklife is pleased to announce the names of the finalists for this year’s Big Squeeze...
  • Posted on Wed Apr 1, 2015
               In eight cities from south, central, east and north Texas, 3,100 miles covered in about 50 hours of driving (the length of a cross-country road trip!), eleven television and radio appearances, presenting seventy four artists in showcases to over 1,000 traditional music fans with twelve partnering cultural organizations or businesses, all in the span of...
  • Posted on Fri Feb 27, 2015
    I am proud to announce that I have been selected as a recipient for a 2015 Community Research Grant from The Humanities Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.  This fall I will work with a UT humanities faculty member and access the University's archival and library holdings to do research related to Texas music recordings.  This project will help advance Texas Folklife's...
  • Posted on Fri Feb 27, 2015
    Texas Folklife presents the last chance to try out for the Big Squeeze Accordion Showcase of 2015, in Nederland TX., at Jefferson County Singles Club, located at 7601 Green Ave. We are searching for the best age 21 and under accordion players in Texas. The emphasis for this showcase is on Cajun, but any young accordionist in any style is encouraged to show up an hour before start time to register...
  • Posted on Mon Feb 2, 2015
    Texas Folklife presents our second Big Squeeze Showcase of 2015 in Houston TX at Cafe 4212, located at 4212 Almeda Rd. We are searching for the best age 21 and under accordion players in Texas. The emphasis for this showcase is on Zydeco but any young accordionist in any style is encouraged to show up an hour before start time to register for the Big Squeeze Accordion contest. Click the Big...
  • Posted on Wed Jan 28, 2015
    I've been writing about conjunto music and sustainability for some time (for example here and here) and most recently have been working on a book project titled Conjunto Music: Sustaining the Texas Tradition, which I am co-authoring with none other than Cristina Ballí.  The book is a very timely and necessary study. It will be first examination of contemporary conjunto...
  • Posted on Thu Jan 15, 2015
    Texas Folklife presents our 6th Big Squeeze Showcase of 2015, in Dallas, TX at the Pleasant Grove Branch Library, 7310 Lake June Rd. We are searching for the best age 21 and under accordion players in Texas. Any young accordionist in any style is encouraged to show up an hour before start time to register for our contest. Click the Big Squeeze Button at the top of the main page for more details,...
  • Posted on Thu Jan 8, 2015
    Texas Folklife presents our 7th Big Squeeze Showcase of 2015, in San Antonio TX at Gallista Gallery in partnership with Conjunto Heritage Taller, 1913 S. Flores St.  We are searching for the age 21 and under accordion players in Texas. The emphasis for this showcase is on Conjunto, but any young accordionist in any style is encouraged to show up an hour before start time to register for our...
  • Posted on Thu Jan 8, 2015
    Texas Folklife presents our 5th Big Squeeze Showcase of 2015, in Corpus Cristi, TX, located at 4404 Greenwood Dr.  We are searching for the best age 21 and under accordion players in Texas. The emphasis for this showcase is on Conjunto, but any young accordionist that play in any style is encouraged to show up an hour before start time to register for our contest. Click the Big Squeeze...
  • Posted on Thu Jan 8, 2015
    Texas Folklife presents our fourth Big Squeeze Showcase of 2015, in Los Fresnos, TX., located at 907 N. Arroyo Blvd. We are searching for the best age 21 and under accordion players in Texas. The emphasis for this showcase is on Conjunto, but any young accordionist in any style is encouraged to show up an hour before start time to register for our contest. Click the Big Squeeze Button at the top...

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