I’ll be emceeing the semi-finals of the Big Squeeze competition this Saturday at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 2-5:30 pm.
Also featured will be the Grammy Award-winning squeezebox maestro Joel Guzman, young zydeco/conjunto sensatino Ruben Paul Moreno, and 2011 Big Squeeze champ Ignacio Morales. And it’s free, as in GRATIS, GRATIS, GRATIS!!
The Big Squeeze 2012 finals will be at the Miller Outdoor Amphitheater in Houston on Saturday June 2, as part of the 23d annual Texas Accordion Kings and Queens show.
“The Big Squeeze” is Texas Folklife’s sixth annual statewide contest for young accordion players. The contestants, ages 21 and under, receive prizes as well as performance opportunities, mentoring and special recognition through their participation in the contest.
THE 2012 SEMI-FINALISTS ARE:
Isaiah Tellez, 13, of Pasadena
Peter Anzaldua, 15, of Brownsville
Zeth Lara, 12, of San Benito
Candice Cerda, 17, of San Benito
Juan Longoria III, 11, of Brownsville
Luis Gonzales, 16, of Grand Prairie
Michael Ramos, 16, of Dallas
Omar Garza, 17, of Mission
Check out photos from our 2012 live auditions on Facebook.