Accordions: Expanding Voices in the USA

Accordions: Expanding Voices in the USA

December 13, 2018 - August 31, 2019

Just over 60 years ago, accordions were at the forefront of our musical landscape. With annual sales topping a quarter of a million instruments, they were seen and heard on stages, in stores, and in classrooms across the country.  But musical tastes shifted dramatically by the end of the 1950s, and, within 10 years of this incredible high, accordion sales and interest plummeted almost to the point of disappearing. Today, accordions and accordionists are making their voices heard again!

The Museum of Making Music’s special exhibition, “Accordions: Expanding Voices in the USA,” takes a close look and listen at the current state of the accordion across the country, highlighting stories and recordings from some of the players pushing it forward. Find out where the accordion could be headed next and even play one for yourself – you may well become part of the instrument’s future.



Exhibition Related Events

Los Texmaniacs

May. 31: Los Texmaniacs
Founded by Max Baca in 1997, the GRAMMY Award-winning Los Texmaniacs combines the traditions of Tejano music with elements of blues, rock, country.
The Rebel Lovers

Jun. 15: The Rebel Lovers
The Rebel Lovers is the rockin' duo led by punk-rock accordionist Renée de la Prade with Ingo Brauning on drums.
Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi (featuring Peter Stan)

Jul. 11: Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi (featuring Peter Stan)
With an all-star band including special guest Peter Stan (accordion), Yale Strom explores the accordion in the music of Jews and Roma.
Michael Bridge

Jul. 28: Michael Bridge
Lauded as “a wizard of the accordion," Michael Bridge is internationally-renowned for his warm stage personality, versatility, and blazing virtuosity.
C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band - Friday

Aug. 2: C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band - Friday
Over the course of his long and successful career, C.J. has established himself as a master zydeco and blues accordionist.
C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band - Saturday

Aug. 3: C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band - Saturday
Over the course of his long and successful career, C.J. has established himself as a master zydeco and blues accordionist.
Ginny Mac

Aug. 16: Ginny Mac
Ginny Mac brings a fresh and exciting twist to vocal and instrumental stylings in the country-western, Americana, hot jazz, and international genres.
Seating Chart

Belly Up Tavern