When: August 21st and 22nd, 2010
Where: Cotati, California, USA
In the heart of Sonoma County, just off U.S. 101, sits a small town with one of the coolest festivals around. For 20 years, the best and brightest in the world of the accordion have been gathering in Cotati to celebrate the music and culture of their favorite squeeze box. Yes, I said accordion! Welcome to the Cotati Accordion Festival!!
For 2010, the festival boasts all day musical performances from over 20 accordion masters. Starting at 9:45 am each day (gates open at 9:30), you can see such performers as Duckmandu, Polkacide, The Creeking Planks, Alex Meixner, Golden State Accordion Band, Los Texmaniacs, Mad Maggies, and Flaco Jimenez with special guest Dick Contino performing both days. You’ll hear all kinds of amazing zydeco, folk, classical, tejano, jazz, polka, and even pop every day alongside all kinds of various local cuisine and beverage including delicious micro brews and wonderful wines from the nearby Napa Valley. And while you’re there, snap a picture with the commemorative statue of Jim Boggio that greets visitors and locals alike 365 days a year.
Cost for this two festival is $25 for a two day pass and $15 for single day access if you order in advance. The best news? Children 16 and under are free!! To find any free access to an event like this is usually limited to children under 8, so the Accordion Festival is a great opportunity to get the whole family out on a dime. So grab your favorite bellow-driven free reed aerophone and head out to one of the quirkiest music festivals you’ll ever find!!