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Cotati Accordion festival going virtual for 2020

August 21, 2020

The World Premiere of the Cotati Accordion Virtual Festival will be taking place this coming August 22 and 23 for all to view free of charge. The viewer will be able to experience elite accordionists on YouTube, Facebook and The show will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. Internationally acclaimed virtuosos from seven different countries, such as Gary Blair (Scotland), Weronika Sura (Poland), Julia Kultina (Russia), Matthias Matke (Germany), Pietro Adragna(ltaly) and Elge Bartkeviciute (Finland) will all be performing live along with American favorites Alex Meixner, Creostote, Erica Mancini, Ginny Mac, Renee de la Prade and Royal Jelly Jive.

The World Premiere of the Cotati Accordion Festival will include a Lady of Spain a Ring, a raffle (for a lifetime accordion festival ticket), streaming chats, interviews and a grand finale. 

 For more information you can call Scott at 707 479-5481 or email at

Many locals and others from far and wide wait for this special time in Cotati to attend the Cotati Accordion Festival. Because of Covid-19 it will be enjoyed on YouTube or Facebook and tap your feet to the delightful music from years ago.

Many scoff at accordion music. Growing up with it, it is music that brings back many memories of dad playing for old barn dances, some will remember going to grandpa’s house for lessons and others just like the tempo.

Streets are usually closed off and tents and pop-ups fill the whole La Plaza Park. Food vendors are packed into the park and it is delightful to taste all of the exciting food. Beer and wine washes down the victuals from so many different tents, many leave the eclectic event with bellies full and heads ringing with the different melodies being played the entire weekend.

A short history lesson on the festival. Jim Boggio and Clifton Buck-Kauffman were the original two men that orchestrated the first accordion festival in 1991. Now the head honchos are Scott Goree and Linda Connell along with many volunteers who are usually seen working tirelessly months in advance of the event. 

The Cotati Accordion Festival is a non-profit organization established in 1991 to promote the love of the accordion and to support local youth service organizations which includes many non-profits and youth services.

According to Wikipedia an accordion is a family of box-shaped musical instrument of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the accordion is called an accordionist.

Each August when the Cotati Accordion Festival is usually held, you would find tents and pop-ups with an accordion player in each one and crowds standing around tapping their toes to the many different types of music. The large tent that stood on the closed street was ever filled up with dancers from all over the world.