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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 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
    The 8th Annual Big Squeeze contest & concert returns to the Bullock Museum in Austin!   This year we'll have 9 finalists competing in 3 separate categories: Conjunto (including Norteno, Tejano, etc); Zydeco (including Cajun, Creole, etc), and Polka (including Czech, German-style, etc.)  THERE WILL BE 3 WINNERS CHOSEN IN AUSTIN!!  They will all three perform at the 25th Annual...
  • 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...
  • Posted on Thu Apr 7, 2011
    David Lee Garza is a legendary GRAMMY Award winning accordionist of traditional Texas music.  Also following a family tradition, Garza’s musician father Tony first formed the band with his sons David Lee and Adam in 1968 as David Lee Garza y Su Conjunto, later adding son Richard on bass.  Their debut recording, under the same name, was released in 1972.  Their first recording as...
  • Posted on Fri Nov 5, 2010
    Keyun took the top prize at Texas Folklife’s 21st annual Accordion Kings & Queens concert at the Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston on June 5, 2010.  With the title he received a new Hohner accordion, recording time at SugarHill Recording Studios and $1,000 cash, as well as promotional support from Hohner, SugarHill and Texas Folklife. Before the finals, Keyun had expressed how happy he...

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