Big Squeeze Accordion Contest 2014 heads to San Antonio in search of top talent

pic_folklifeTalent Showcase to be held at Gallista Gallery in Partnership with Conjunto Heritage Taller on Friday, April 4
Three Grand Prize Winners will perform at the 25th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre this Summer
Austin, Texas – March 18, 2014 – Texas Folklife announces its eighth annual Big Squeeze accordion contest for up-and-coming Texas musicians, 21 years of age or younger. The non-profit that endeavors to preserve and promote Texas’s diverse cultural heritage is looking for great players in all genres of the Lone Star State’s accordion-based music, including German, Czech, and Polish polka; Creole, Cajun, and zydeco; and conjunto, norteño, and Tejano.
In order to better nurture young Texas talent, Texas Folklife is restructuring the popular contest this year. The contest will go on the road again this spring in order to meet the young accordion players in their communities in talent showcases. Three Final Grand Prize Winners will be devoted to the three main accordion genres—polka, zydeco, and conjunto. The polka genre will include German, Czech, and Polish traditions. Zydeco will include Creole and Cajun musical traditions. And conjunto will include norteño and Tejano. The showcases will be free, open to the public, and feature performances by local musicians. –1317 S. Congress Avenue-Austin, Texas 78704-T (512) 441-9255-F (512) 441-9222

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