Texas Folklife announces the 16th annual Big Squeeze youth accordion contest. This
year’s event will include a mix of virtual and in-person events in traditional Texas accordion
music genres including conjunto, polka, Cajun, zydeco, and more. Cajun, zydeco, and polka
categories are open to ages 25 and under and Conjunto is open to 21 and under.
Big Squeeze season opens March 1st when Texas Folklife begins accepting contest entries, which
will be sent in by video. Sign-up, event details, and contest rules are now available at
texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2022. All entries are due by March 31st by 11:59 p.m.
A pair of in-person events will follow the virtual entries. The Conjunto Semi-Finals return live to
the Museum of South Texas History in Edinburg on Saturday, April 23.
Then on Saturday, May 14, the ever-popular Big Squeeze Finals return live to the Bullock Texas
State History Museum in Austin.
Grand prize winners each will receive a cash prize, future performance opportunities with Texas
Folklife, publicity, professional development, and other professional opportunities.
In addition to the contest, this year’s Big Squeeze also will feature a series of virtual discussions
with members of Texas’ accordion community about the future of the Big Squeeze. “We are
looking to make changes and to improve the program,” said Texas Folklife Executive Director
Charlie Lockwood, “and community input will be an important part of this process.”
Interested players are encouraged to submit an application no later than March 31st at midnight.
The complete contest rules and entry forms are available online at
texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2022 or by calling 512-441-9255.
The Big Squeeze is presented by Texas Folklife as part of its mission to preserve and present
Texas’ diverse cultural heritage. Since 2007, Texas Folklife has promoted Texas accordion music
genres through the Big Squeeze program. More than 300 young, talented players from dozens
of Texas communities have participated in the program, which supports these vital
community-based accordion music traditions.
The 2022 Big Squeeze Program Director is longtime Texas Folklife producer and partner Sarah
Rucker. This is Rucker’s 12th Big Squeeze in its 16-year history.
The Big Squeeze offers a variety of opportunities for individuals and organizations to become
sponsors of this distinguished program. For more information on becoming a Big Squeeze
Sponsor, visit texasfolklife.org/bigsqueeze2022 or call 512-441-9255.
The 2022 Big Squeeze is supported in part by the generosity of H-E-B, a Squeezebox Legend
Sponsor, who has contributed to worthy causes through Texas and Mexico for 115 years. We
also are grateful to the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board for their
long-time support. This project is made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Music Office,
Office of the Governor, as well as contributions from Hohner Accordions, Texas Commission on
the Arts, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division and other regional partners.
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ABOUT TEXAS FOLKLIFE
Texas Folklife (TXF) is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and
preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. TXF is designated by
the National Endowment for the Arts as the official folk and traditional arts organization for the
state. Since 1984, TXF has honored traditions passed down within communities, explored the
importance of traditional arts in contemporary society, and celebrated the state’s vibrant
heritage by providing arts experiences enjoyable for all generations. For more information, visit