This high-energy acoustic duo consists of fiddle wizard Peter Evasic and his accomplice, George Radebaugh on accordion. They play a mix of Irish, Zydeco, Gypsy, Django swing, polkas and waltzes and more. The Alternators frequently play festivals, weddings, performance spaces around western Washington and are guaranteed to get your inner dancer moving even if you sit there nonchalantly sipping a cider or brew.
Creosote is accordion duo Jamie Maschler and Gabriel Rodrigues, playing a dynamic array of original and world music. Maschler and Rodrigues are seasoned musicians and are individually and collectively mastered at their craft. Expect to hear virtuosic and elegant arrangements of new Brazilian and World music classics. The instrumental duo is currently working towards a studio album to be released end of 2018.
Mike Danner has been playing music in Portland, Oregon since he was a wee lad, from street corners to saloons, festivals to fine theaters. An accomplished singer, songwriter, accordionist, pianist, and Hammond organ player, Mike makes music in multiple genres, from the1920s-style jazz of his band Trashcan Joe (a Portland mainstay), to the 40s-style jump blues of The Pepper Grinders (featuring the legendary sax player Ralph Carney and Hall of Fame drummer Carlton Jackson), to the eclectic chamber/pop of his newly-formed accordion quartet Paper Bellows (featuring Jenny Conlee, Courtney Von Drehle, and Dutch sensation Jet Black Pearl – watch for them on the 2018 festival circuit!). As a soloist, Mike likes to sing and squeeze his own originals as well as lesser-known gems by some of the great American songwriters. Mike is very happy and excited to play the Port Townsend Deep Squeeze Accordion Festival!!
The Mad Maggies
Hard to Describe, Easy to Love
The Mad Maggies continue to kick up the dust with their distinctive sound. What started as a one-off recording project back in 2004, became a wild, musical adventure spanning genres, criss-crossing musical borders and knocking over a few traditions along the way.
This year, they have been cooking up more new tunes for their latest and 8th release, the “pink album”.
“The Mad Maggies refuse to be type cast. They seem to delight in turning musical styles on their end.” — Greg Cahill, the Argus Courier
“…stylistically omnivorous…”– Andrew Gilbert, San Jose Mercury News
The Mad Maggies are:
Johny Blood: tuba, bullhorn …“Go, Johny!”
Ray Fernandez: saxophones …“Take us away, Ray!”
Ian Luke: drums, percussion …“That brown eyed boy!”
Maggie “Mags” Martin: accordionist, vocals, composer, fearless leader …“Is everybody ready?”
Tim “SepTIMus” Sarter: U-bass, bass guitar …“Where’s Tim?”
Gary “GDub” Wium: guitars …“Hell, yeah!”
Enjoy the Mad Maggies “Street Dog” video.
Jeff and Jane Anderson have been playing Scandinavian music together since the day they met in 1999 at a Washington Old-time Fiddlers gathering. At the age of 15 Jeff taught himself to play in the musical tradition of his Norwegian grandfathers.
Jane, who is also self-taught on the buttonbox, acquired her interest in Scandinavian music from her accordion-playing father who was from Minnesota.
They have performed as the Nordic Spirit band for festivals, dances and concerts throughout the Northwest and Midwest as well as teaching at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. They play dance music for waltz, schottische, polka and other toe-tapping rhythms ~~~~~ all tunes guaranteed to make your feet happy.
They have three CDs produced by Voyager Recordings in Seattle.
Tangoheart, featuring Bertram Levy is the premier Argentine tango ensemble in the Northwest. The quartet is dedicated to the performance of traditional tango from the golden age of tango and of the modern tango including the music of Astor Piazzolla. tangoheart.com
Those Darn Accordions (TDA)
America’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll accordion band can entertain any crowd. With two accordion players out front, and bass and drums holding down the rhythm, the band pumps out an outrageously original sound that works for almost any occasion, from giant festival stages to cozy clubs and unique corporate venues.
Fronted by squeezebox wizard/lead singer Paul Rogers, the band writes many original rock and funk songs, and also explores more-eclectic musical genres like ska, country and the prerequisite polkas. The aim is always to entertain, with an emphasis on solid musicianship and an unmistakable sense of humor.
Suzanne Garramone, the band’s other accordion player, adds fleet fingers and a variety of guitar effects pedals to produce a sound like nothing you’ve ever heard emanating from a typical accordion.
Drummer Bill Schwartz and bass player Lewis Wallace round out this one-of-a-kind band. thosedarnaccordions.com
The Vickie Townsend Band
Vickie started playing piano accordion when she was eight years old, but put it aside until she became interested in the button accordion twenty five years ago. She’s been making music for over two decades with her husband Michael in their bands Beatnik Zydeco and Mojito. She traveled to Cuba to study Afro-Latin music and also had a recent opportunity to play in England and France. Powered by a modified Cajun button box, her repertoire draws from blues, Zydeco, Latin and folk.
Tsunami Piñata plays acoustic party music from around the world, arranged for banjo and accordion. They specialize in intricate instrumentals, and will also sing to you in many languages. Their music draws from many traditions, including klezmer, Northern Mexican folk songs, Italian tarantellas, tangos, Chilean rock covers, Russian Cartoon music, and original compositions.