AUSTIN – The 14th annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest, presented annually by Texas Folklife, announces its dynamic 2020 event lineup featuring youth competitions, live concerts and music workshops in traditional Texas accordion music genres including conjunto, polka, Cajun, zydeco and more. From February to April, the Texas Folklife team will produce local events in communities across the state — each uniquely highlighting talented young accordion players and celebrating Texas’ diverse musical heritage. The competitions and workshops are open to the public and seeking participants.
Big Squeeze season begins Feb. 15 in Pasadena, Texas and the programming spans across communities from the Rio Grande Valley to Dallas throughout the winter and spring. Contest finalists will compete in the ever-popular Big Squeeze Finals and Concert at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin on Sunday, April 19, where grand prize winners will be selected. Each of the grand prize winners will receive a prize package valued at over $2,500 including a Hohner accordion, cash prize, performance opportunities with Texas Folklife, publicity, professional development and other professional opportunities. Additionally, the winners will perform onstage with legendary Texas musicians at Texas Folklife’s Accordion Kings & Queens Concert, held at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on June 6.
Sign-up, event details and contest rules are now available at texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2020.