Texas Folklife and the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum announced that the finals for the annual Big Squeeze Accordion Contest will take place at the museum on Saturday, Apr. 22, 1 – 5 p.m., on the Lone Star Plaza. Big Squeeze finalists will perform before the judges and the public, followed by showcase performances. Former Big Squeeze winners will also grace the stage with showcase performances by Rio Jordan, Ruben Moreno, and the backing band will feature members of Conjunto Los Pinkys and The Gulf Coast Playboys. The Big Squeeze is a statewide contest for accordion players ages 21 and under to showcase their performance abilities in any genre of music–polka, zydeco, conjunto, Tejano, Cajun and more. Free admission. In case of rain it will be held inside 1800 Congress Ave. www.texasfolklife.org/the-big-squeeze-2009.html
The 17th Annual Texas Music History Unplugged, featuring The Sisters Morales Band, will be held on Wednesday, Apr. 5, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Wittliff Collections Gallery, 7th Floor, Alkek Library, Texas State University. The Sisters Morales Band will perform and discuss the history of Texas Mexican music. This event is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the public. This event is brought to you by Texas State University’s Center for Texas Music History, the Wittliff Collections, the Office of Equity & Access, the Center for the Study of the Southwest, and the Department of History. events.txstate.edu/recurrences/46687
Tex Pop Presents Patricia Vonne’s Video Premiere & Concert, premiering Vonne’s new animation “Huerta de San Vicente,” an homage to Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca. It will be followed by a live performance with Robert LaRoche on guitar and David Perales on violin. Doors at 2 p.m., video presentation at 2:30 p.m., performance at 3:00 p.m. and encore video presentation at 4 p.m. Saturday, Apr., South Texas Museum of Popular Culture, 1017 E Mulberry Ave., San Antonio. www.facebook.com/events/1858387467752388/
Save the dates of May 5 and 7 for the Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival that returns in 2017. It has found a new home at the world-famous music venue, Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. During the Cinco de Mayo weekend enjoy two days full of accordions, bajo sextos, dancing, and down-home, traditional Texas music. Lineup will be announced at ranchoalegreradio.org.
Celebrating Selena in Austin with two shows! One show will be held on April 15 with Son de Rey at the Sahara Lounge and on Sunday, April 16 with Bidi Bidi Banda and special guests at the Highball 5 p.m. For more information, visit their Facebook pages. Info at http://austin.carpediem.cd/events/2964636-selena-tribute-at-sahara-lounge-with-son-de-rey-at-the-sahara-lounge/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/1296626930405568/.