For the 23rd year running, people did, filling La Plaza Park to enjoy a plethora of accordion entertainment. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. Although I must admit that one day of the weekend has always been enough for me, it is great fun.
It’s really fascinating the variety of music that uses the accordion. It’s not just polkas and Lawrence Welk. Not to dis polka in any way, shape, or form of course. Besides the Eastern European there’s Italian, Cajun/Zydeco, Tango, Tex-Mex and Mariachi, to name a few, along with mixtures of the above and other influences, as well as original styles that don’t fit any particular classification. One year I heard Mozart on the accordion, and this year I heard the Van Halen song ‘Jump’ and the Dead Kennedys’ ‘California Uber Alles.’ Something for everyone.
The musicianship is amazing as well. There just seems like an awful lot to be keeping track of between the two hands doing different things plus working the bellows and then to be able to do it all with the speed and precision these folk do is impressive.