The PT Deep Squeeze is a celebration of the much-loved squeezebox and is dedicated to furthering its resurgence in modern music. The accordion has always been an instrument of the people. Though often maligned, since falling from favor in the 1960s — the guitar was the usurper — it has been steadily regaining its hip stature. Versatile and authentic, the squeezebox is here to stay.
Accordionists, Maggie Martin & Paul Rogers got to talking about joining forces to create an event that would highlight their beloved bellows. One thing led to another and then to the first ever PT Deep Squeeze in 2016.
They wanted to support a local charity and arranged to raise funds for The East Jefferson County Food Bank, ultimately raising over $1000 plus about 200 pounds of canned food items.
The audiences loved the music, dancing and energy. The sponsors got great exposure. The fundraising was successful. So Martin and Rogers decided to present the 2nd annual PT Deep Squeeze in 2017. They successfully raised $2000 for the Hospice Foundation for Jefferson Healthcare.
Onward to the 3rd annual.
Singer/ Singer/ Songwriter / Accordionist Paul Rogers is the longtime front man for Those Darn Accordions, a San Francisco based rock band. He has produced and co-produced 5 albums with TDA and toured with them for over 22 years.
TDA has appeared on numerous TV shows including The American Music Awards with Drew Carey, the Donny and Marie Show and Penn and Tellers’s “Sin City Spectacular.
He moved to the Port Townsend area in 2003 and performs locally several times a year, most notably his annual Holiday Hi-jinx Show. He is very excited to have the opportunity to bring Those Darn Accordions to Port Townsend as part of the first Port Townsend Accordion Festival.
Maggie “Mags” Martin
Mags is a composer, singer, accordionist and director. She writes for and directs “the Mad Maggies” which she formed in 2004. For the Mad Ms, she has produced 8 albums, organized multiple tours and has booked and played gigs at venues that run the gamut from tiny art house to large regional festivals.
Director Paul Haggis chose the Mad Maggies’ rendition of “Sleepy Maggie” to underscore a scene in the TV series “the Black Donnelly’s.
In 2015, Mags was awarded an honorary directorship from the Cotati Accordion Festival for her longtime involvement.
In her not too distant past, she directed and produced shows as co-founder and director of the multi-media theater group “Mixed Company” which was active in the SF Bay Area. She is a native San Franciscan, now living in Montreal, Québec. She’s hopelessly organized.
Fine artist (lithography, painting, animation) Daniel Fiorito has created the lyrical images for the Deep Squeeze website and promo materials. He found inspiration for this year’s images from the sealife of the Puget Sound including Pacific sand dabs and, that rock star of cephalopods, the Giant Pacific Octopus.
In 2016, Fiorito created a sailing ship female figurehead playing an accordion which was featured on our t-shirts.
Fine artist Frank Samuelson (painting, drawing public art) has generously created the poster artwork for 2016 and 2017. The Pacific Northwest is his inspiration.