Michael Bridge tops entertainment for 2012 Festival
Come to the 2012 Historic Wallace Accordion Festival to hear international award-winning accordionist Michael Bridge in concert, participate in an Accordion Celebration Parade through downtown, learn more about musical techniques from professional workshop presentations, and enjoy a fun-filled Street Party that befits this historic mining town.
The Historic Wallace Chamber of Commerce has been working to make the 2012 event on August 10-12 even bigger and better than its inaugural festival in 2011. Here is what's in store:
Friday, August 10: Michael Bridge in Concert, 7 p.m., Wallace Elks Lodge. Michael is one of the most versatile performers of today, expertly blending the works of great composers like Bach and Haydn with old time polkas and waltzes, French musette, jazz standards and pop hits from the Beatles to present day. As the 2011 National Roland Digital Accordion Champion, he traveled to Italy last October to represent Canada on the international stage and placed fourth in a field of 14 national champions.
Also featured at Friday's concert will be an opening act by the Portatos, a youth accordion band from Spokane, and Tango Volcado, an ensemble that includes Tana Bland on violin, Kendall Feeney as pianist and vocalist, Patricia Bartell on accordion, and Eugene Jablonsky on bass and guitar.
Concert admission: $15 for general adult seating, $20 for premier seating, $10 for children ages 7-16, children 6 and under free.
Saturday, August 11:
Accordion Celebration Parade, 9 a.m., starting at Elks Lodge and traveling on Wallace's traditional parade route. Those wishing to participate with their accordion will have music provided to them.
10 a.m., Music begins in the City Gazebo; amateur musicians are invited to display their talent; call the Chamber of Commerce to sign up for a specific time slot.
10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., Music workshops led by professional musicians; all workshops consolidated in one location, the Elks Lodge. Street Party: 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., music in the gazebo, food vendors, beer garden. Come enjoy an "Idaho accordion potato," a polish sausage, Mexican food, or a pasty, not to mention select beers from Wallace's two breweries.
Featured professional entertainers at the Street Party will be Johnny V, one of the most accomplished accordionists in the U.S. He is a one-man, all inclusive band who plays a reeded or reedless accordion with countless styles, rhythms, instrument sounds, drummer and accompaniment. Also playing for the Street Party will be Aaron Seeman, an "over the top" comedic accordionist best known as Duckmandu.
Sunday, August 12:
Farewell Pancake Breakfast.The Chamber will be serving a breakfast Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Elks Lodge.
Quilt Raffle: Anne Alexander has handcrafted a beautiful queen-size black and red quilt; tickets are $1 each; the lucky winner will be drawn on Saturday evening. Tickets available in advance at D&G Bakery and other downtown locations; tickets also for sale during festival.