Events happening in and around COTATI the day BEFORE the FESTIVAL (scroll down)

FRIDAY AUGUST 17, 2018

EVENT I

The Mad Maggies perform at Lagunitas Brewing Co.

4:20pm - 7:00pm
(Lagunitas Brewing is a CAF sponsor)

 



EVENT II

Thank you to Accordion Teacher Marjorie Konrad for scheduling

CAF Kickoff in front of Oliver's Markets

Cotati Schedule

11 am Xavier De La Prade
12 noon Becky Montgomery
1 pm Neil Burgstahler
2 pm Erika Keaton
3 pm Amy Kirch & Friends:
Gary Breitbard, Jena Raute, Debra Dawson

Stony Point Schedule

11 am Golden State Accordion Club with Judy Santsche, Jean Stephens, Bobbi Bartscht, Sharmon Keyton and more
4 pm Weylin West
5 pm Susannha Leon

Montecito Schedule

11 am Keith Church
Noon Felicia McFall
1 pm Tony Mustaro
2 pm Alan Hoffman
3 pm Joey Manfredi

Windsor Schedule

11 am Mark Anderson
Noon Daniel Reed
1 pm Brandon Krueger
2 pm Mike Carlson
3 pm To Be Announced
4 pm Janeen Murray

All FOUR Oliver's Market locations:
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL FOUR LOCATIONS - BUY IN ADVANCE AND SAVE $2.00 ON ONE-DAY TICKETS

 



EVENT III

After Hours Party at Volpi's in Petaluma all weekend
(BRING YOUR ACCORDION)
122 Washington St.  •  Petaluma, CA 94955  •  (707) 762-5222

 



EVENT IV

FREE CONCERT
Scholarship Fundraiser

ALL PROCEEDS benefit our FUTURE ACCORDION STARS
  
Redwood Cafe - Downtown Cotati
Friday, August 17th 4:30 pm
707-795-7868
www.redwoodcafe.com

For more information, contact Sheri Mignano at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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A Tribute to 2013 CAF Honorary Director
John Volpi
by Sheri Mignano

Photo by Sheri Mignano

Unless it’s the opening weekend of deer hunting season, you’ll find John Volpi strapped into his recently restored vintage Excelsior, playing and singing the Old Italian songs. His cherished accordion provides him with more than just memories; it’s his way to connect with people who visit Volpi’s Ristorante & Bar, in downtown Petaluma.

On weekends John holds court in what was once a 1920s speakeasy during Prohibition. In the evening, a parade of cowboys, farmers, punks, baby boomers, and flirtatious women begins. The men offer to buy him drinks (he likes Old Fashioned cocktails), and the women leave behind traces of perfume and kisses on his cheek. By the time midnight rolls around, he’s strolled through the dining hall a few times playing Happy Birthday and “La Bionda” for the celebrants.

Volpi’s has been a musical hub for decades thanks to John’s father Silvio who taught a generation of accordionists. It has almost singlehandedly kept Italian accordion music alive in the North Bay. It has fostered a legacy of Italian classics and nostalgic northern Italian Alpine songs as well as Italian-American pop standards heard on jukeboxes.

Even before the Cotati Accordion Festival was hatched in 1991, John’s accordion-centric restaurant nourished many squeezers; and over the years, John established a friendly, relaxed environment, graciously embracing hundreds of accordionists, including myself, in the restaurant. Both John and his sister Silvia have been entertaining guests and friends for decades. The Volpi siblings, with familial ties to the Sebastiani winemaking tradition, maintained a gig schedule at many other Italian venues, too. Sharing the love of the accordion has been their top priority.

I salute John’s warm hospitality in welcoming accordion festival participants year after year. It’s been quite a journey. In 1970, I arrived with the San Francisco State Concert Band to recruit Petaluma’s high school music students, and visited the historic restaurant. In 1998 when I moved to Sonoma County, my first accordion club meeting was at Volpi’s. It’s now 2013 and I’m happy to say that the squeeze goes on! Thank you, John. Congratulations! Tanti Auguri!

Sheri Mignano Crawford

www.EuroCafeMusic.com

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