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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 Sat Oct 19, 2013
    Bob Bullock Museum Description
  • Posted on Fri Oct 18, 2013
     Please find our audio recording of the proceedings from the Polka Symposium Schulenburg, TX 2014 here. Purchase tickets at OuthouseTickets.com HERETickets will also be available at the door at Sengelmann Hall  Texas Dance Hall Preservation, Inc. and Texas Folklife announce their partnership to produce the Texas Polka Festival & Symposium to be held in Schulenburg on...
  • Posted on Tue Oct 15, 2013
    Texas Folklife was proud to partner with the Trinity River Audubon Center in Dallas to wish a buen viaje to the monarch butterflies as they migrated south through Texas to their final destination in the forests of Michoacan, Mexico.  To celebrate the occasion, the TRAC held a festival with a variety of presentations on butterflies and Latino-themed cultural programs, like the...
  • 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
    All star list of Big Squeezers - Nachito Morales of Dallas (2011 Champ), Anthony Ortiz Jr. of Austin (finalist), and Michael Lopez Ramos of Dallas (2013 Champ.)  Josh Baca, Texmaniacs accordionist, and guest accordionist Robert Casillas of San Antonio. Even Oscar Garcia, Texmaniacs bassist, takes a turn at the jam! All anchored by one of the most experienced, smooth and capable bajistas in...
  • Posted on Sun Oct 6, 2013
    Big Squeeze Finals at Bullock Texas State History Museum April 26
  • Posted on Thu Oct 3, 2013
     POSTPONED - Due to inclement weather, the Elisabet Ney Museum has postponed The Polkapocalypse to a later date. The festival was scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23 from noon to 5 p.m. Despite the warm hearts and bright smiles that an outdoor Polka festival would create, Saturday’s forecasted high of 45 with a 40% chance of rain simply was too daunting to overcome. A new date will be...
  • Posted on Mon Jul 29, 2013
    2013 Big Squeeze Winner Michael Ramos jams with Los Hometown Boys at the 2013 Accordion Kings & Queens concert in Houston, Texas.
  • Posted on Thu May 2, 2013
    In collaboration with a team of youth reporters at Texas Folklife‘s summer radio workshop “Stories from Deep in the Heart,” KUTX produced a story chronicling some of the Garza/Torres family’s adventures and exploring the ways the conjunto tradition has been handed down from parents to children. AISD students Arlette Flores, Jennifer Gonzalez, Roberto Hernandez, and Steven Ugalde took the lead on...
  • Posted on Tue Apr 30, 2013
    Without fail each year the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest brings a pleasant surprise, and this year (2013) it was eleven year-old Juan Duenes from Brownsville.  To my astonishment I heard a Celtic jig coming from the stage, and it was little Juanito openining up his audition song with a tune by Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, before smoothly transitioning to Tejano Conjunto.  The...

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