Texas Folklife is hosting the seventh annual Big Squeeze accordion contest for up-and-coming Texas musicians, 21 years of age or younger. The popular contest goes on the road again to Los Fresnos in the Rio Grande Valley on Saturday, March 30th to meet the young talent in their communities throughout the state.
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 auditions will include performances by accordion legends and masters and are open to the public. Interested players are encouraged to reserve an audition slot by contacting Texas Folklife. Those who cannot attend an audition may also mail or e-mail their entries to arrive at Texas Folklife no later than April 1, 2013.
Semifinalists will perform at The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin on Saturday, April 20, and finalists will perform at Texas Folklife’s highly acclaimed Accordion Kings & Queens Festival at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday, June 1, 2013, where the Big Squeeze winner will be selected.
The complete contest rules and entry forms are available online at www.texasfolklife.org or by calling (512) 441-9255.