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03-May-2019

Texas Folklife Hosts Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Concert – USA

Texas Folklife will host the Statewide Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Concert that will take place on May 11th at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas. The event is a live concert to feature Texas' top young accordion talent with performances by Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters and Conjunto Cats.

The 13th annual Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Contest, will take place during the event and will feature ten youth musicians battling it out in the traditional Texas accordion music genres: polka, Cajun & zydeco, and Conjunto.

The Big Squeeze is a culmination of ten competitions held throughout Texas that began in February and stretched from Ennis to Edinburg. Communities across the state came together to celebrate one of Texas’ most cherished musical traditions while young musicians showed off their accordion skills for a chance to play on the Austin stage.

Each of the Grand Prize Winners will receive a prize package including a Hohner accordion, cash prize, performance opportunities with Texas Folklife, publicity, professional development and other professional opportunities. Additionally, the Grand Prize Winners will perform onstage with legendary Texas musicians at Texas Folklife’s Accordion Kings & Queens Concert, held at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on June 1st.

The Big Squeeze is free and open to the public.

For further details phone Sarah Rucker: 512-773-11 61

Photo below - Melenie Gonzalez, 2018 Conjunto Champion, 17 and Under Category; Photo by Robert Garriott
Melenie Gonzalez
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