On Saturday April 20, the Bob Bullock Museum hosts 7th Annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest Semi-Finals, presented by Texas Folklife. The event will feature performances by eight of the state’s most talented young accordion players, as well as performances by other groups, as well as last year’s winner.
Kicking things off will be Austin’s own Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia, which features personnel from Conjunto Los Pinkys…Clemencia Zapata (drums and vocals), Bradley Jaye Williams (bajo quinto, accordion and vocals), and Javier Cruz (bass). On the squeezebox and vocals is the ever-ebullient Susan Torres. The energy and enthusiasm of this group will get the day off to a great start.
After the eight semi-finalists give their all to make it to the final round, last year’s winner, Peter Anzaldua of Brownsville will take the stage.
Closing out the show will be Houston’s Step Rideau and the Zydeco Outlaws, bringing the flavors of Louisiana and East Texas and showcasing yet another style of accordion playing.
Long story short: A fun afternoon with a sampling of different accordion styles and a glimpse of the future.
The Bob Bullock Museum is located at 1800 Congress, at the corner of MLK and Congress in downtown Austin. Music starts at 2 p.m., admission is free, and all ages are welcome. View the Facebook event here.