The Big Squeeze Accordion Contest and Concert


May 13, 2023 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Hear the best squeezebox has to offer at this afternoon concert in the Museum's Texas Spirit Theater.

Event Details

Watch a new generation of accordion players compete for grand prizes in polka, Cajun, zydeco, and conjunto accordion traditions at Texas Folklife's Big Squeeze Accordion contest finals and concert, back for its 17th year. 

In addition to contestant performances, this year’s competition will feature special performances by  Josh Baca & the Hot Tamales and Elena Fainshtein.

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 music genres through the Big Squeeze program, which supports vital community-based accordion music traditions.

Big Squeeze finalists will perform before the judges and the public. Learn more about the Big Squeeze program.

This program is FREE to attend in the Texas Spirit Theater; if you would like to visit the Museum exhibitions please purchase tickets at the Ticketing Counter. 

Please note: Due to this day-long competition, regular film programming will not be shown in the Texas Spirit Theater.

About Texas Folklife

Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. Since 1984, Texas Folklife has honored the cultural traditions passed down within communities across Texas and explored their importance in contemporary society. As the state-designated public folklife program of Texas, we promote cultural sustainability through our commitment to support artists, tradition bearers, and communities.

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School Programs are generously funded by Featured Sponsor The Marie M. and James H. Galloway Foundation and contributing sponsor The Honorable Kent R. Hance.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.