The Texas Folklife “Big Squeeze” accordion contest for Texas musicians 21 years of age or younger will host a talent showcase will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at Los Fresnos High School.
Texas Folklife is a nonprofit organization with endeavors to preserve and promote Texas’s diverse cultural heritage. They are looking for musicians in all genres of accordion-based music, including German, Czech, and Polish polka; Creole, Cajun, and zydeco; and conjunto, norteño and Tejano.
Three grand prize winners will perform at the 25th annual Accordion Kings and Queens Festival at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre this summer.
Local accordion powerhouse and the first Texas Folklife Big Squeeze champ, Juan Longoria Jr., will perform along with Conjunto Halcon of Los Fresnos High School after the talent showcase.
The Big Squeeze Showcase is free and open to the public.
Interested players may register on site or in advance by calling Texas Folklife at 512-441-9255 or online at texasfolklife.org.
Those who cannot attend the showcase may mail or email their entries to arrive at Texas Folklife no later than April 7. The complete contest rules and entry forms are available online or by calling Texas Folklife.