Prepare for an Accordion Music ‘Frenzy’

Laurent Pascal    Jet Black Pearl is among the performers coming to town as part of Accordion Frenzy this Saturday.

Rhythmix Cultural Works continues its mission of bringing fascinating elements of music and culture to the Island City when it hosts three of the world’s top accordion acts this Saturday, Dec. 9: Those Darn Accordions, Jet Black Pearl and Big Lou the Accordion Princess. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. 

No less than Teller of the famed duo Penn & Teller described the performance as, “Sexy, raw and diabolically funny.” (And he’s the quiet one.) ‘Tis the season, after all, for polka! Get into the swingin’ spirit of the holidays with accordion music that offers a modern twist. 

San Francisco-based Those Darn Accordions (TDA) alumni Susie Davis and Carri Abrahms rejoin accordion players Paul Rogers and Suzanne Garramone, bassist Lewis Wallace and drummer Bill Schwartz to showcase their own original rock and funk songs. The band also explores more eclectic genres like ska, country and, of course, polkas. 

“Fans can expect to hear a lot of our trusted favorites that range from polka to pop, rock and the downright weird,” TDA mastermind Rogers said. “We also have some new original material that many long-time fans will not have heard yet.”

Jet Black Pearl is an accordion diva that has performed on more than 1,000 stages all over the West Coast and Europe. She sings, raps and beatboxes about various humorous topics including slugs in love, criminal gurus and hallucinating butterflies all with impeccable timing and stage presence.

Big Lou the Accordion Princess is always the life of the party. Polkas, waltzes, cha-chas, tangos, western swing — you name it, they play it. Together for more than a decade, this San Francisco-based band plays everything from polka festivals to Oktoberfests with a few senior centers and Bar Mitzvahs in between. Rest assured, they’ll be sure to entertain.

For 10 years and counting, Rhythmix Cultural Works has served the East Bay by providing a place where diverse cultures
come together to perform, inspire, teach and interact. It is located at 2513 Blanding Ave. Call 865-5060 or visit www.rhythmix.org for more information