Big Squeeze accordion contest set at LFHS Saturday

Big Squeeze accordion contest set at LFHS Saturday
Posted on 02/02/2017
Los Fresnos High School will host a talent showcase for the Texas Folklife Big Squeeze Accordion Contest Saturday, Feb. 4. The event is free and open to the public.

LFHS is the first of nine showcases around the state, ending with the Big Squeeze Finals on April 12.

Several conjunto bands will be performing. The final performance will be an exhibition by the LFHS Conjunto Halcón at approximately 2:45 p.m.

This will be the 11th year for the Big Squeeze program that supports up-and-coming Texas musicians who are 21 years of age or younger. 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.

Three Final Grand Prize Winners will be devoted to the three main accordion genres – polka, Cajun / zydeco, and conjunto. The polka genre will include German, Czech, and Polish polka traditions. Cajun / Zydeco will include zydeco, Creole and Cajun musical traditions. And conjunto will include conjunto, norteño and Tejano. The showcases will be free and open to the public, and will feature music by established accordion artists as well as showcase the young musicians.

Last year, for the Big Squeeze’s 10th anniversary, Texas Folklife held a celebratory concert at the Bullock Texas State History Museum that featured past winners of the contest who are now leading accordion stars and teachers in their communities across the state. Through the Big Squeeze program, Texas Folklife has built a reputation as a champion of Texas accordion music genres, and has supported over 200 young, talented players in their efforts to carry on these community-based accordion music traditions.

Up to nine finalists – three from each genre – will be selected the week of April 3 by a panel of judges, and will perform at the Big Squeeze Concert and Finals at the Bullock Museum on April 22. At that time, three Grand Prize Winners will be selected.

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