This Week in Accordion: Reno Italian Festival

What’s on the accordion calendar this week?

  • Eldorado Great Italian Festival (Sat-Sun in Reno, NV)
    A spaghetti sauce cook off? A bocce ball tournament? Sign me up! This year’s Eldorado Great Italian Festival includes performances by accordion legend Dick Contino, Those Darn Accordions, Bella Ciao, and many more.
  • Vagabond Opera and Fishtank Ensemble (Friday in Santa Monica, CA)
    The touring schedules of two great, eclectic bands collide at McCabe’s Guitar Shop as Portland’s Vagabond Opera and Oakland’s Fishtank Ensemble share the bill.
  • Geoff Berner (Various dates in Eastern Canada)
    The “Whiskey Rabbi” rides again — this time across Canada with singer Carolyn Mark. Definitely the first time we’ve had shows in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, or Prince Edward’s Island on our calendar.

Is there a polka dance, zydeco festival, or other squeezebox gathering in your area? Don’t be shy — let us know!


  1. We’re going to San Antonio for the International Accordion Festival on the 12th….then we’re going to drive through Texas and into Louisana, looking for good times, good music and tasty snacks…..ending up in New Orleans. I’ll report over at my place when we get back.

  2. Awesome! I wish we could go, but I’ll have to live vicariously through your reports.