Texas Folklife presents Big Squeeze Contest Finals
This will be the 12th year for the Big Squeeze program that supports up-and-coming Texas youth accordionists. The contest is one of the ways in which Texas Folklife carries out its mission to preserve and present Texas’s diverse cultural heritage. The contest recruits players in all genres of the Lone Star State’s accordion-based music, including German, Czech, and Polish polka; Creole, Cajun, and zydeco; conjunto, norteño, and Tejano.
Following a series of Talent Showcases across the state over the course of two months, up to 12 finalists (three from each category) will be selected to perform at the Big Squeeze Concert and Finals. Each of the four Big Squeeze 2018 Grand Prize Winners will receive a prize package valued at more than $4,000.