KLRU will air Los Lonely Boys Cottonfields and Crossroads, an award-winning documentary on the Texas band, at 8 pm Thursday followed by Big Squeeze, on Texas accordion music, at 9:30 p.m. Both of these films are directed by Austin filmmaker Hector Galan.
In honor of this special night of Texas music, Texas Folklife has given KLRU two tickets to their Sept. 30th gala event to give out to a lucky viewer. This event features Hector Galan and Keyun Dickson, who is featured in Big Squeeze. Post a comment below or on our Facebook page about your favorite Texas music below and we will randomly choose a winner to receive tickets to this special event. Post your comment before 10 am on Friday, Sept. 17.
Texas Folklife, a statewide organization dedicated to preserving and presenting the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State, presents their 25th anniversary gala event: Texas Roots: 25th Anniversary Party & Star of Texas Folklife Awards celebrating a quarter century of folklife and honoring three Texas music icons. The first-ever Star of Texas Folklife honorees will be Santiago Jimenez, Jr. (Conjunto accordionist from San Antonio), Johnny Gimble (Western swing fiddle player from east Texas), and Barbara Lynn (R&B guitarist, “The Empress of Gulf Coast Soul” from Beaumont).
The gala takes place Sept. 30 from 6:30 to 10 pm at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave. Tickets can be purchased at texasfolklife.org
This memorable and singular night of live music, dancing, food, drink, tall tales (and a few surprises) will be emceed by documentarian Hector Galán and proceedings will feature NPR correspondent John Burnett as auctioneer as well as acclaimed writer Sarah Bird, who will reflect on the pleasures and absurdities of being Texan. “Big squeeze” winner, 18 yr old zydeco accordion genius Keyun Dickson, will perform and The Guy Forsyth Band will headline. Civil servant Gus Garcia as well as musicians Ray Benson and Marcia Ball will present the awards at this unique, limited-capacity gala event. The evening will be dedicated to the artists, musicians, writers, and scholars who have contributed so much to Texas Folklife over the last 25 years—many in attendance as special guests.