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Texas Folklife Hosts Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Championships – USA

Texas Folklife
Elena FainshteinThe 2023 Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Championships will be hosted by Texas Folklife on May 13th, 2023 at 1pm, at the Texas Spirit Theatre in the Bullock Museum, Austin, Texas, USA.

The championship round of the 17th annual statewide Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Contest features talented young accordion players from across Texas. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will also feature performances from Josh Baca & the Hot Tamales, fronted by Los Texmaniacs’ Grammy-nominated accordionist Josh Baca, and North Texas accordion teacher and musician Elena Fainshtein (picture right).

This year’s finalists will compete live in the categories Polka, and two Conjunto categories:
16 and under
17 to 21 - these contestants will vie for the Anthony Ortiz, Jr. Grand Prize, named after the Austin-area former contest finalist and friend of Texas Folklife who passed away in 2017.

2023 Big Squeeze Conjunto Finalists:

Conjunto Finalists: 16 and Under
Adiel Emmanuel Vazquez, Pasadena (14)
Chelsea Campos, San Benito (16)
Giovani Guerrero, Mission (15)
Roberto Martinez III, Edcouch (13)

Conjunto Finalists: 17-21
Eligio Martinez, San Benito (19)
Gilberto Treviño, Palmview (17)

Polka Finalists:
John Hickl, Elmaton (22)
Levi Burroughs, New Braunfels (15)
Timur Didych, Southlake (16)

Cajun/Zydeco Honorable Mention
Kevin Hillbun, Scott, LA (24)

For further details email: bigsqueeze@texasfolklife.org
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