National Accordion Awareness Month
June is National Accordion Awareness Month (NAAM). National Accordion Awareness Month was established in 1989 to help spread the word about the resurgence in popularity in the accordion and to educate people about the accordion. Would you like more information? If so, contact Tom Torriglia, sponsor of National Accordion Awareness Month, at 415 440 0800.
Were you aware of this?
During the month of June, 2009, the fabulous Bella Ciao band will be donating 50% of its profits from the sales of its two CDs to help the recent quake victims in L'Aquila, Italy! Read more HERE.
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Did you know...
A blue-ribbon panel of experts recently named the accordion as the instrument most likely to put a smile on your face.
The piano accordion is the official musical instrument of the city of San Francisco and has been since 1990.
Actress Lucy Liu plays the accordion
Guitarist Nils Lofgren started on the accordion.
Billy Joel and Barry Manilow also play the accordion.
The accordion is a member of the reed family, not the keyboard family.
The first United States-made piano accordion (the ones with the keys on it) was manufactured in San Francisco back in 1907. It was at the Guerrini Accordion Company on DuPont St. (Grant Ave., near Columbus Ave.)
When people think of an accordion, they usually envision that large, black monstrosity with piano keys on one side and about a thousand buttons on the other side. However, the accordion family also includes Cajun button boxes, chromatic and diatonic button accordions, the concertina, the bayan, and the bandoneon.
Isn't the accordion just being used at weddings and Bar Mitzvahs? Heck no! Shania Twain's immensely popular Come On Over CD has accordion on a couple of tracks. Los Lobos. Bruce Hornsby plays the accordion and uses it in shows. Counting Crows use accordion a lot. Here in San Francisco, the show Forever Tango was a huge hit and featured two bandoneonists.
China is the largest manufacturer and exporter of accordions in the world.
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