The 15th annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest, presented annually by Texas Folklife, will be virtual concerts in traditional Texas accordion music genres, including conjunto, polka, Cajun, zydeco, and more. New this year, besides the all-virtual format, is that the Cajun and Zydeco categories will be open to both Louisiana and Texas residents and be two separate categories. Cajun, Zydeco and Polka categories are open to ages 25 and under and Conjunto is open to 21 and under.
In the Conjunto category, semi-finalists will be featured on Saturday, April 17 during the Conjunto Semi-Finals from Home, co-presented with the Museum of South Texas History. Then, contest finalists in all genre categories will compete in the Big Squeeze Finals From Home, co-presented by the Bullock Texas State History Museum, in Austin on Saturday, May 8, where grand prize winners will be announced.
Each of the grand prize winners will receive a prize package valued at over $1,500 including a new accordion, cash prize, future performance opportunities with Texas Folklife, publicity, professional development and other professional opportunities.