The Big Squeeze – Accordion Contest – Finals

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Texas Folklife and the  Bullock Texas State History Museum are pleased to announce that the Finals for the annual Big Squeeze accordion contest will take place at the museum on Saturday, April 25, 2015. The event will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on the Lone Star Plaza in front of the museum (in case of rain it will be held inside), and is free and open to the public. The 10 Big Squeeze finalists, announced on April 3, will perform before the judges and the public. While the judges deliberate on the winners, the crowd will be entertained by the legendary Conjunto accordionist Eva Ybarra as well as Cajun accordionist Charles Thibodeaux. Last years winners will also grace the stage with a tune or two.

2015 Big Squeeze Finalists:

Conjunto:

Raul Resendez, age 14, Palmview
Josue A Garcia, age 15, La Feria
Rito Peña, age 16, San Antonio
Brandon Betancourt, age 17, Houston

Cajun/Zydeco:
Donovan Bourque, age 14, Beaumont
Elizabeth Kelley, age 16, Port Neches
Chloe Johnson, age 14, Moscow
Polka:
Rebecca Huck, age 21, Harker Heights
Chris Trojacek, age 20, Ennis
Brandon Hodde, age 20, Holland
Honorable Mentions:
Darren David Prieto, age 15, New Braunfels (Conjunto)
Bridget D’Lane Roberts, age 19, Port Arthur (Cajun/Zydeco)
Emiliano Halmari, age 13, Baytown (Polka)
Christopher Lopez, age 11, Houston (12 and under category)

 To see more event information visit: http://www.texasfolklife.org/event/big-squeeze-finals#sthash.SwyjzU3y.dpuf

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