Accordion Day @ The Anza Club is Tomorrow!
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Accordions and their fans are doing an excellent job of taking over Vancouver. Here is your itinerary for Sunday, September 16th, hereby declared ACCORDION DAY @ THE ANZA CLUB
10: 00 am – 1:30 pm : Roll out of bed and nurse yourself back to full vigor, congratulating yourself wildly for having caught Geoff Berner and Panstereoama at the Waldorf on Saturday Night. You deserve brunch!
2:00 pm : Bring your cranky squeezebox and your curiosity to the Accordion Repair Workshop, led by San Francisco’s Renee de la Prade (of Accordion Babes fame) and Meladona. It’s PWYC, and will be hands-on, entertaining, and highly useful for anyone who chooses an accordion as their companion instrument.
4:00 pm: Saunter back to the Anza Club for “Mistakes I’ve Lived Through”, a show dedicated to the incomparable thrill of first-times. Featuring a brand new accordion rock odyssey by Proud Animal, with backing from a deadly accordion mob; brand new pieces by accordion slinging youth; and an open mic open to anyone who wants to try their hand at public accordion performance. This show promises to be hilarious, a little scary, and sweetly memorable. Tickets $5-$7 at the door.
6: 00 pm : Time for a dinner break, friends! Did you know that Main St. has many delicious things to eat? Yup! And beverages– there are delicious beverages to be had. And vintage stores to pick through. Fun!
8: 15 pm: Doors open for the Underdog Instrument Grudge Match. The city’s finest and funniest ukuleles, accordions and banjos go head to head in a musical brawl. Possibly the festival’s most “hands-on” event: come support your favourite instrument, or, if you hate them all, come and have your mind blown by the hilarious cheating and brilliant playing of Vancouver’s top heavies. This show sold-out last year on word of mouth alone. Come early to avoid sadness. For a taste of the smack talk that’s already brewing, check out the FB event page.
9:00 pm – Midnight: We’re grudging hard. Did I mention this is the last event of the festival? No big deal, but if you want to have a drink with some of the sterling personalities behind the Accordion Noir Festival, you must join us. After the show at Locus on Main St. It is a place of cheap pitchers and nice beer. Good news for all! Talk to me at the show (recognizable as the person saying, “I’m Barbara Adler”) if you’d like more info.
Happy Accordion Day Eve, and see you tomorrow!