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boggio cape and crownThis year will mark the twenty-fourth time that accordion musicians of all ages and genres flock to La Plaza Park in the small town of Cotati for the annual two-day event that celebrates entertainment and fun along with music from the “piano with suspenders”.

The festival takes place Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days in La Plaza Park which is located at 60 West Cotati Avenue, Cotati.

Tickets are $15 advance, $17 at the gate and $25 for both days with kids 15-and-under free with a paying adult. This multi-cultural, multi-generational musical extravaganza will feature over 20 performance acts, food, drinks and some of the best accordion music in the country.

Along with such staples as the Lady of Spain ring and Beer Barrel Polka rendition, event goers will be treated to the sounds of The Great Morgani, the Steve Balich Sr. Polka Band, the Mad Maggies and so many more.

The Great Morgani

The Great Morgani

The event is part of the local tradition of Cotati with the statue of local musician and founder of the festival, Jim Boggio, gracing the corner of La Plaza Park.

The accordion the statue holds is actually one of Boggio’s accordions that had been bronzed. At the time of his death in 1996, Keyboard magazine named him one of the three best accordion players in the United States.

The festival now is much as it was originally with the same format lasting throughout the years. Using two stages allows for continuous music and entertainment throughout the day. Vendors of all types are on hand with food, drink, and a wide range of accordion related products.

Groups like the Golden State Accordion Club come each year to participate and enjoy the camaraderie with people from as far away as Florida in the U.S. and even overseas. Unique performers such as Frank Lima, who is better known as “The Great Morgani” have become mainstays of the event as well. This will be the 16th year that Lima will play the event and he has become well known for his wild costumes and regular outfit changes.

For more information on the event, including how to purchase tickets, visit CotatiFest.com.

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Nick Walden is our Rohnert Park + Cotati correspondent.
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