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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!
Most recent articles, events, video, audio and blog posts for this page:
  • Posted on Sat Apr 26, 2014
    Saturday, April 26 is officially Big Squeeze Day in Austin by city proclamation.  It kicked off the 8th Annual Big Squeeze Contest and Accordion Contest.  The musicians are warming up for their sets on the Bullock Museum Plaza.    Family from near and far, and accordion music fans have staked out their spaces on this wonderfully overcast and breezy day.  Thank You God!...
  • Posted on Wed Apr 23, 2014
    On Saturday, April 26, the plaza in front of the Bullock Texas State History Museum will resemble a high school battle of the bands. Instead of marching bands, however, the Big Squeeze Accordion contest will greet unsuspecting visitors. Tourists will have to weave around makeshift folding chair camps set up by families and fans, there to cheer their hometown Conjunto, zydeco or polka hero or...
  • Posted on Sun Apr 13, 2014
    Photo by David Dodd The results are in for the Big Squeeze Finals!!For the category of Zydeco:-- Randall Jackson of Dallas-- Je'an-Trel Jolivette of Marvel-- DeJe'an Jolivette of MarvelFor the category of Polka:-- Rebecca Huck of Harker Heights-- Chris Trojacek of Ennis-- Garrett Neubauer of AltairFor the category of Conjunto: -- Aaron Salinas of San Antonio-- Luis Gonzales of Grand...
  • Posted on Sat Mar 29, 2014
    If you’ve been supporting and/or following Texas Folklife for the last several years, you’ve probably heard the name Juan Longoria, Jr. Longoria, a native of Brownsville, won the Big Squeeze accordion contest in its inaugural year of 2007. He also leads the band Conteño, a unique group that blends the sounds of Conjunto, Tejano and Norteño music traditions. In 2012, he began teaching at Los...
  • Posted on Fri Feb 28, 2014
    On February 22nd, 2014, Texas Folklife and Texas Dancehall Preservation presented a polka symposium and festival at Senglemann Hall in Schulenburg, Texas, sponsored by Humanities Texas. Please find the schedule and audio recordings of symposium proceedings below.  Stay tuned for summaries and complete transcriptions of all audio recordings.     10:00 AM – Texas Dance Hall History...
  • Posted on Fri Feb 7, 2014
    We are tracking press coverage of The Big Squeeze 2014 as we travel across the state of Texas to meet young accordion players taking the stage. You Squeezebox lovers out there can help us out with this. If you see press coverage (television news segments and newspaper, magazine or blog articles) of The Big Squeeze 2014 mentioned in your area, send us the link at info@texasfolklife.org and we will...
  • Posted on Tue Jan 21, 2014
    Iliana Vasquez is a student at the University of Texas at Austin.  She is currently a first-year graduate student at the UT Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS). Prior to attending UT, she was a Mexican American Studies (MAS) undergraduate at the University of Texas-Pan American. She will be serving as a Program Intern this Spring and will be assisting with this year’s Big Squeeze...
  • Posted on Sun Jan 19, 2014
    Houston Chronicle writer Allan Turner examines the future of the traditional Czech music community in Texas. Setting his article in the Houston Heights dancehall SPJST Lodge 88, Turner traces the roots of Czech culture in Texas and also addresses the crisis facing its future. Texas Folklife Executive Director Cristina Ballí states,"People move away from their communities. They don't...
  • Posted on Fri Jan 17, 2014
    Jonathan Cronin is a senior at Texas State University and will earn his Bachelor of Science in Applied Sociology in May 2014. With all other coursework completed, Jonathan is excited to be serving as a Program & Events intern for Texas Folklife this Spring. With graduate school under consideration, his research interests lie in the areas of ethnography, qualitative research, the sociology of...
  • Posted on Mon Jan 6, 2014
    Location: Gallista Gallery Sponsored by Conjunto Heritage Taller.  Contest Rules: http://www.texasfolklife.org/media/571 Entry Form: http://www.texasfolklife.org/media/570

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