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Cotati Heart and Soul by Deborah Taylor- French

Woodstock of The Accordion World

Aug 1, 2018
by Deborah Taylor-French


Accordion Concert Fundraiser on Friday, August 17th at 4:30 pm at the Redwood Cafe—Fundraiser for music students requests a $5 donation or more. For information call 707-795-7868; For more information, contact Sheri Mignano at cotatiaccordionstudentstage@yahoo.comPlus, TheMad Maggies perform at Lagunitas Brewing Company (a festival sponsor) from 4:20 to 7:00 pm on the same evening.

Celebrate the Music of the Accordion Festival:
Saturday & Sunday, August 18 & 19

Two days of nonstop music, world-class musical guests, award-winning bands, and more kinds of music than you may hear in a year all in Cotati’s La Plaza Park. Kids under the age of 15 free. Choose your price at $17 for one day or $29 for all two. Buy your tickets in advance and save $2 on each single day ticket at all Oliver’s Markets. No outside food. No pets allowed in the park.

FREE shuttle to the festival from theSmart Train parking.

Six stages, both days host a polka dance party, a Cajun or zydeco dance party, an accordion jam tent, a student stage, and the Accordion Apocalypse. Small stage venues offer alternative music styles, plus small audience tents for soloists, assembles, and small bands.

All Five Star Yelp Reviews for the Accordion Festival

“Love, Love, Love this festival!! Tejano, Polka, Zydeco...any music that could incorporate the accordion will be played at this event. I love the atmosphere and Cotati.” Hilda Z. from El Cerrito, CA

“I’m a jazz guitarist who took my 1st lesson in July 1960. I grew up in NYC, was taught by several famous Italian old-school jazz guitarists. I’ve played a LOT in public. I’ve been recorded many times as a sideman. So, my credentials are cool. The music at this festival is NOT lame.  I’ve heard & seen accordionists here who are world-class musicians. Mind boggling technic with outstanding musicality.” Tom S. from Kenwood, CA.

“The polka tent! OMG—the Zydeco venue...there’s barrels of fun, all packed into a few blocks of picturesque Cotati, CA.” Carla C. from Oakland, CA.

Looking to save and invest? I met Sean Clementz, CRPC. Clementz knocked on my door a few weeks ago. He hopes to open his Edward Jones office in downtown Cotati soon. He has advanced certification in helping Seniors manage their retirement savings. or call (707) 338-4422.

Come see me at the Sonoma County Fair at the Redwood Writers’ table

I will be there on opening day, inside the Craft Building along with many club members who have books for sale. Would love to meet you.

Join our mailing list and spin the wheel to win one of our book launch prizes. Meet our writer pals, many who also write mysteries, likeWaights Taylor, Jr. We have copies of my Red Sky at Night: Dog Leader Mysteries to sign for you. Several of my twelve-year-old readers will be dropping by. Come by and get your photo taken by Marc Hoffman for our blog. Come by to cool off from the carnival or band performances.


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