Cotati Accordion Festival

USE AN ACCORDION, GO TO COTATI

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Jim Boggio statue gets outfitted for the occasion

Jim Boggio statue gets outfitted for the occasion

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.

Jam Tent

Jam Tent

Dance Tent

Dance Tent

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.

Ready on the left? Ready on the right? Ready in the pit? It's Polkacide!

Ready on the left? Ready on the right? Ready in the pit? It’s Polkacide!

The Great Morgani - one of many fabulous outfits, usually four over the course of the weekend.

The Great Morgani – one of many fabulous outfits, usually four over the course of the weekend.

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.

ooo! shiny!

ooo! shiny!

tempting...

tempting…

Festival artwork by Pat Ryan

Festival artwork by Pat Ryan

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