first annual Accordion Noir Festival

Vancouver's first annual Accordion Noir Festival….

Sometimes I play accordion.  Sometimes I play with other accordionists.  Sometimes I am interviewed for CITR's Accordion Noir radio Show.

Check out this news flash about the first Accordion Noir Festival from Rowan Lipkovits:

Thursday, October 2nd, we're co-opting what would ordinarily be the
squeezebox circle (at the new Spartacus Books site as usual, 684 E.
Hastings at Heatley) with the first night of the first annual Accordion
Noir Festival, including the open stage round table we're all
accustomed to as well as some special visitors and featured live
performers (who for lack of confirmation time we're reluctant to name
8) and Bruce's fabulous accordion fashion show! 

Things will be getting
off to a start early, at 7 pm, so that promptly at 9 (after seriously
passing the hat — ask Bruce about his secret numbered Swiss bank
transfer that was needed to get his hands on this flick) we will be
hosting an official screening of the 2004 “Accordion Tribe” tour
documentary, following the travels of Guy Klucevsek's pan-European
squeezebox supergroup.  Possibly to be followed by a sneak peek
promoting the Oct 5th screening of Argentina's “Cafe de los Maestros”
as part of

the VIFF.  There'll be prize packs, too — maybe a
raffle to valiantly try to raise funds for our radio show, or at least
to cover the costs of bringing the movie.

Friday, Friday,
October 3rd, we deliver the meat of the festival programming with a
“mainstage” concert at the Railway Club (579 Dunsmuir at Seymour) from
9 pm on, featuring our friend Natasha from Victoria, mad sax and
squeezebox avant-gardist Amy Denio from Seattle, local klezmer rebel
Geoff Berner, and closing things off starting around midnight with a
final set from the jug band of the damned, the Creaking Planks. 
Admission will be $10 for what should be a heck of a show.

If you like, you can find links to our poster and the promotional public service announcement at

a good month in town for other squeezebox performances — tonight
(Wednesday Oct 1st!) there's probably still tickets available for the
folktronic quartet Fiamma Fumana and their anti-fascist elders in the
Mondine di Novi Choir at the Italian Cultural Centre.  You can read all
about them in this week's issue of the Georgia Straight (or at !)

weekend following the festival, our fair town is graced by a visit from
Gogol Bordello at the Commodore on October 10th and the grand return of
the Dreadnoughts at the Anza on the 11th.

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