Rowan Lipkovits (reluctance) wrote in vancouverarts,
Rowan Lipkovits

3rd annual Accordion Noir festival, Sept 19-26th

CFRO's weekly Wednesday night Accordion Noir radio show / podcast, in conjunction with local accordion rebel Geoff Berner (Klezmer Mongrels, 2009) presents the 3rd annual Accordion Noir Festival, eight days of varied programming trying its darnedest to redeem the reputation of the long-dismissed squeezebox.

A very glossy schedule follows; for eventual full details, please visit the website at , or see expanded descriptions below.

Sun Sept 19: 7 pm accordion parade from Napier at Commercial to the 9 pm festival launch party at Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive at 5th)
Mon Sept 20: 8-10 pm solo sets at Trees in Yaletown (1391 Richards Street at Pacific)
Tues Sept 21: 8-10 pm solo sets, again, at Trees in Yaletown (1391 Richards Street at Pacific)
Wed Sept 22: 9 pm at the WISE Hall (1882 Adanac at Victoria)
Thurs Sept 23: 8-10 pm short films and multimedia performances at Spartacus Books (684 E. Hastings at Heatley)
Fri Sept 24: 8 pm Squeezebox Dance Party at the Grandview Legion (2205 Commercial Drive, upstairs)
Sat Sept 25: 8 pm festival mainstage at the Strathcona Ukrainian Hall (805 E. Pender Street at Hawks)
Sun Sept 26: 8 pm festival closing party at Cafe Montmartre (4362 Main Street at 28th)

* Sunday, Sept 19th, the fun and games begin with another accordion parade from the sitting area at Napier and Commercial at 9 pm, winding up the Drive to our festival launch party at Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive at 5th) -- with discounted admission if you turn up with the parade wearing a squeezebox!

* Monday, Sept 20th, and Tuesday, Sept 21st, we host more intimate solo performances from 8-10 pm at the Yaletown location (1391 Richards Street at Pacific) of Trees Organic Coffee. By donation.

* Wednesday, Sept 22nd, find your way to last year's mainstage venue, the WISE Hall (1882 Adanac at Victoria) to get a joyous earful of old favorites the Fugitives and Mark Berube. $15, 9 pm.

* Thursday, Sept 23rd, from 8-10 pm, we pop up at everyone's favorite anarchist bookstore, Spartacus Books (684 E. Hastings at Heatley), the site of our monthly squeezebox circle, for a serving of short films, a CD launch and some multimedia performance.

* Friday, Sept 24th, we transform the Grandview Legion Hall (2205 Commercial Drive, upstairs) into a squeezebox dance party featuring sets from: the jug band of the damned, the Creaking Planks; the Orkestar Slivovica; Maria in the Shower; and Mezamazing, the Balkan dance band that got the cops summoned to last year's festival. In accordion-bicycle solidarity (the two profoundest mechanical inventions of the 1800s), Critical Mass riders wearing their helmets will have a discount on admission.

* Saturday, Sept 25th, we pull out all the stops for the festival's mainstage performances at the Strathcona Ukrainian Hall (805 E. Pender at Hawks) with siren songs from Vancouver Island's Ursula, raving Turkish insanity from Something About Reptiles, and booze-fuelled wisdom from the whisky rabbi Geoff Berner. 8 pm, $12.

* Sunday, Sept 26th, the festival goes out with a bang with a more intimate closing party at Cafe Montmartre (4362 Main Street at 28th), last year's /opening/ stage, with many friends from last year's festival rejoining us and a few new faces chiming in. 8 pm, by donation.

* BONUS! Monday, Sept 27th, accordionist and one-man-band par excellence Scotty Dunbar launches his double CD at the Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir at Seymour, upstairs) with T. Nile and friends. 8:30, $8/6 for Railway members.

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