CAF Celebrating 28 years! Musical Notes in Sonoma County

SONOMA COUNTY, CA. ~ Tink about Cotati and likely the iconic Cotati Accordion Festival comes to mind. Cel- ebrating its 28th year, this fun, fam- ily-friendly, multi- cultural, two-day festival brings in over 5000 people during the course of the weekend event. Serving at the helm since 2014, as the Ex- ecutive Director of the non-profit Cotati Accordion Festival, Scott Goree reflects, “I got into the music business because I loved the music world,” he contin- ues, “I give people the platforms to play.

I make it pos-

sible that people are able to display their art… is the way I look at it.” Goree was, at one time, the owner of a cool venue in Santa Rosa called Magno- lia’s, where he booked over three hundred live-music

shows each year. Later, for 3 years start- ing in ’97, he produced shows at the historic Inn of the Beginning in Cotati. Te mission of the Cotati Ac-

cordion Festival is to promote the love of the accordion and to support local youth service organizations. Goree explains, “We give close to $25,000 per

Page Elementary School. Tey take the $5000 a year that we give them and they have a mu- sic program.” Goree recol- lects fondly, “My co-pro- ducer, Linda Conner and I have gone there and pre- sented the check. Tey ask us to come to one of the classrooms

where sec- ond and third grade chil-

dren will sing a couple of songs they’ve learned that year. Just them singing those songs, is overwhelming and makes ev- erything all worth it. I get to see the direct result of what we’ve

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year to different youth orga- nizations. What always sticks out in my mind is that one of the recipients is the Tomas

them coming back

[full circle].” Te Cotati Accordion Festival

happens August 18 -19 in La Plaza Park in down- town Cotati from 9:30am to 8:00pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets and other information can be found at www.cotat- Tere is something

for everyone; includ- ing, the polka tent, the jam tent, the stu- dent stage, the zydeco dance party, and even the Apocalypse Stage! Cory Pesaturo

might be considered a Super-Star of the Ac- cordion. Parents may want

to encourage

their pre-teens and teenagers to look him up online on the Co- tati Accordion Festi-

val’s schedule of performers as a fun end-of-summer research project. Goree expresses his ad- miration, “Cory has been very instrumental in spreading the word around the world about the Cotati Accordion Festival. Since he’s been on board for the last 6 years, we have been able to bringing in virtuosos from all over, I mean, for instance this year we have musicians coming in from Italy, Germany and Finland. He is continu- ally recruiting virtuosos from other countries that otherwise wouldn’t have had any idea of who we were. So he is not only one of the best players in the world but, he’s also our big- gest promoter of the Cotati Accordion Festival around the world.”

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