2018-09-14: Accordion Noir Festival 11 Opening Night — the Classics! with Geoff Berner, Jason Webley, Amy Denio and Cindy Emch
They said it couldn’t be done, but we mounted an alt-accordion festival anyway. And then… we kept on re-mounting it every year. Here we are at year eleven, revisiting the well at our opening night to pay homage to some of the great artists whose momentum helped to squeeze us this far over the past decade:
Roaring out of the gate with a slate of festival luminary deep cuts from Accordion Noir’s distant past, rediscover why you fell in love with the bent, circus-like sounds of noir accordion all over again!
Singer/author Geoff Berner (geoffberner.com), klezmer rebel and the patron Saint of the Accordion Noir movement has been involved in just about every year’s edition of our festival, showing an entire generation of accordion punks that another, less bubbly, world is possible.
Legendary busker-king Jason Webley (jasonwebley.com) returns to our festival for the first time since its second instalment, prepared to howl like a werewolf biting Tom Waits, spin yarns like a Russian sailor and break your heart like a forgotten dream.
“Unclassifiable” avant-garde composer Amy Denio (amydenio.com), the only performer we’ve hosted to have worked with KMFDM, Chuck D AND Pauline Oliveros, is back at the Accordion Noir Festival at long last… as we’ve finally just about recovered from her appearance at our inaugural year back in 2008.
Inspired by 1920s cabaret music, murder ballads and Leonard Cohen, opener Emchy (emchy.com) has been keeping the squeeze dark and alt for over a decade through her projects (list heavily abbreviated) Rhubarb Whiskey, Vagabondage and the Oakland Wine Drinkers Union, Local 88.
All three nights of the 11th Annual Accordion Noir Festival take place at the WISE Hall (1882 Adanac St. at Victoria, Vancouver, BC V5L 2E2). Doors open at 8 pm. Admission is $20 at the door or you can purchase advance tickets online, as indicated below: