24th Annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival to be held June 1 in Houston

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Texas Folklife’s 24th annual Accordion Kings & Queens Festival at Houston’s Miller Outdoor Theater will feature The Hometown Boys, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, the Czechaholics, Avizo, and Peter Anzaldua on Saturday, June 1st, beginning at 6:30 p.m., and will be co-emceed by writers Joe Nick Patoski and Tony Diaz. The Festival is free and open to the public.

Festivalgoers who want seats in the pavilion area can pick up their free tickets the day of the festival at the Miller Box Office or, if a member of Texas Folklife (TF), can receive up to four reserved tickets in advance.

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The night will begin with The 2013 Big Squeeze Accordion Contest Playoffs. The finalists were selected at the Semifinals Concert and Playoffs at the Bullock Texas History Museum in Austin on April 20th.

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This year’s finalists are [L-R]: Luis Gonzalez, 17, of Grand Prairie; and Michael Ramos, 17, of Dallas, Yesenia Garcia, 17, of Houston and Tony Garcia, 18, of Mission. [Center] They are pictured above with Cristina Balli, TF Executive Director. [Photo credit: Liz Lopez, Liz’s Lenzwork]

Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze accordion contest 2013 finalists will compete for a prize package valued at more than $4,000, including a cash prize, a new Hohner accordion, performance opportunities in Austin and Houston, publicity, professional development, and other performance opportunities. The young accordionists will perform, and by the end of the night, the new Big Squeeze Champ will be selected by a panel of esteemed judges. All of the contestants in this year’s contest were outstanding up-and-coming musicians and Texas Folklife congratulates all of them.

The Accordion Kings & Queens Festival and The Big Squeeze are funded in part by the Board of Texas Folklife, the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board, Houston Endowment, Texas Commission on the Arts, H.E.B., Hohner Inc., and the Raven Grill. Additional support for the contest is provided by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Texas Music Office, Hacienda Records, South Central Music Source, Cactus Music & Record Ranch, SugarHill Recording Studios, Texas Gas Service, and the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and
preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. For more information, visit www.texasfolklife.org

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