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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 Mon Jan 6, 2014
    Location: Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA) in Houston, Texas. Contest Rules: http://www.texasfolklife.org/media/571 Entry Form: http://www.texasfolklife.org/media/570
  • Posted on Fri Jan 3, 2014
    Ben McDonald Public Library Sponsored by Hacienda Records & Recording Studio Contest Rules: http://www.texasfolklife.org/media/571 Entry Form: http://www.texasfolklife.org/media/570
  • Posted on Wed Dec 18, 2013
    Contest Rules: http://www.texasfolklife.org/media/571 Entry Form: http://www.texasfolklife.org/media/570
  • Posted on Thu Dec 5, 2013
    It's that time again! We are searching for the best young accordion players in Texas from the categories conjunto, zydeco and polka for our annual Big Squeeze contest. To be eligible, you must be 21 and under and enter by April 7th. Participants may be asked to perform in our finals in Austin on April 26th. You could also win a cash prize. 2014 Entry Form 2014 Contest Rules Texas...
  • Posted on Tue Nov 26, 2013
    Join us as we travel across Texas to find yound accordion players for our annual Big Squeeze program. We will be holding one of our talent showcases at Los Fresnos High school with accordion instructor and past Big Squeeze champ, Juan Longoria Jr.
  • Posted on Tue Nov 26, 2013
    Join us as we travel across Texas to find young accordion players for our annual Big Squeeze program. We will be holding one of our talent showcases at the Houston Creole Festival for young accordionists in Houston. Participants may be invited to perform at the Big Squeeze finals in Austin in May. Participants may be invited to perform at the finals in Austin in May. - See more at: http://www....
  • Posted on Tue Nov 26, 2013
    Join us as we travel across Texas to find young accordion players for our annual Big Squeeze program. We will be holding one of our talent showcases in Dallas at the Latino Cultural Center. Featuring special performances from Grammy Award winning Michael Salgado and our reigning champ, Michael Ramos with Los Morales Boyz. Participants may be invited to perform at the finals in Austin in April....
  • Posted on Tue Nov 26, 2013
    BIG SQUEEZE AFTER-PARTY! Tickets: $35 or $60 for two, click here to purchase tickets: http://bigsqueeze2014.brownpapertickets.com/ Includes dinner, drinks and live music with a chance to meet the 2014 Big Squeeze finalists and their families. Proceeds benefit Texas Folklife's Big Squeeze program for young accordion players
  • Posted on Fri Nov 22, 2013
    Photos by David Dodd:  David Lee Garza with Johnny Ramirez (2008 Big Squeeze Champion) and Isaiah Tellez Texas Folklife is proud to announce that one of its board members, Armando Sanchez, has produced a Latin Grammy Award winning CD, David Lee Garza's "Just Friends."  Garza won the award last night at the 14th annual Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas.  A highly regarded and...
  • 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...

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