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The Wise Hall & Lounge
1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 2E2
In keeping with a venerable Accordion Noir Festival tradition, Saturday night will officially be building to a raging dance party, featuring four bands from very different walks with at least one free-reed thing in common.
Tsunami Piñata (tsunamipinata.com
) hails from the wilds of Washington's Pacific Northwest, echoing the geographical collision of the forests meeting the coast with the sound of the banjo meeting the accordion, playing from a consciously and conspicuously varied repertoire of world musics.
Portland, Oregon's Dogtooth & Nail (dogtoothandnail.bandcamp.com
) exemplify one more of the varied textures of Cascadian accordion-banjo duos, with driving bluesy political folk tunes about environmentalism, feminism, anti-capitalism and creating change.
Queercoastal indie folk-rock with an intersectional angle, The Argyle Embargo (theargyleembargo.com
) is working toward a more inclusive and equitable world with authentic storytelling, progressive pop sensibilities… and an accordion.
Cultural trends come and go in cycles, and we have good news: nearly 60 years after the polka craze was driven deep underground into thrift store record bins, the odometer has somehow ticked over and suddenly Polka Time! (polkatime.bandcamp.com
) is the hottest dance ticket in town. There's no point in arguing, just shut up and bring your dancing shoes.
Tickets are $20, show starts at 8 pm. If you want to get your accordi-on early, weather permitting, join the Squeezebox Circle Orchestra in Grandview Park at 7 pm for an accordion parade to the WISE Hall.
$20 cash only @ door