Texas Folklife to host Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Conjunto Semifinals in Edinburg

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EDINBURG, Texas – Texas Folklife will host the Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Conjunto Semi-Finals Contest in Edinburgh on Saturday, April 27 from noon-3 p.m. at the Museum of South Texas History (MOSTHistory). The showcase will feature a spirited competition of fourteen youth conjunto accordion players chosen from across the state and additional performances from 2018 Big Squeeze conjunto winners Jesus Venegas and Melenie Gonzalez. Special guest emcee for the event is Rick Garcia, co-founder of the legendary Hacienda Records. The concert will take place on the Grand Paseo, just outside the front entrance of the museum and coincides with MOSTHistory’s  “Free Community Day,” where guests can enjoy free admission to the museum. The concert is also free and open to the public. 

The 2019 Big Squeeze Conjunto Semi-Finalist Participants Include: 

18-21 Age Category

  • Eduardo Garza, Mission
  • Maria Alejo, Mission
  • Alejandro Durón, Los Fresnos
  • Martin Flores, Mission
  • Manuel Cantu, Houston
  • Jose Torres, Roma

17 and Under Category

  • Johnny Joe Gutierrez, Mission
  • Perla Hernández, Roma
  • Christopher Ramirez, San Antonio
  • Ricardo Cabrera, Austin
  • Joaquin Linn, San Antonio
  • Roberto Alfaro, San Antonio
  • Nathan Gonzalez, Mission
  • Barbara Canales, Los Fresnos

Honorable Mention

  • Richard Garza, Mission
  • Jacqueline Cantu, Rio Grande City
  • Carlos Reyes, Dallas
  • Santiago Elizondo, Rio Grande City
  • Alexis Serna, Houston

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