Texas Folklife announced its seventh 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 any genre of accordion-based music, including zydeco; Cajun; German, Czech, and Polish polka; Tejano; conjunto; and norteño; as well as other genres.
The popular contest kicks off its 2013 season with two auditions in Houston on Saturday, February 23. The audition will be held at Talento Bilingüe de Houston with registration and auditions to begin at 3:00 p.m.
An accordion jam will follow with former Big Squeeze champ and Houstonian Johnny Ramirez and Tina Vega of Promesa Mortal, a young, energetic Houston-based family band.
On Sunday, February 24, the action moves to The Big Easy Social Club with registration starting at 3:00 p.m. and auditions begin at 3:30 p.m. Zydeco squeezeboxers will lead the accordion jam to follow the auditions—former Big Squeeze champ Keyun Dickson and finalist Ruben Paul Moreno.
The Big Easy will host the National Zydeco Foundation’s Accordion Jam at 8:00 p.m., but it is only open to those accordionists 21 years and older.
The Big Squeeze returns to the Houston area on March 23 for an audition in Tomball at the German Heritage Festival on the Bluegrass stage.
Auditions are free and open to the public. Contestants may register on site or in advance by calling Texas Folklife at(512) 441-9255 or online at www.texasfolklife.org. Those who cannot attend the audition may mail or e-mail their entries to arrive at Texas Folklife no later than April 1, 2013. The complete contest rules and entry forms are available online or by calling Texas Folklife. [Source: Texas Folklife]