Cotati, CA. ~ The 29th An- nual Nonprofit, Multi-cultural, Internationally Renowned Co- tati Accordion Festival will be taking place this coming August 17th & 18th in La Plaza Park in down- town Cotati, Ca. This year’s theme is “To honor and thank the first re- sponders for their past, current,


future dedication and sacrifice”. World acclaimed virtuosos from France, Italy, Scotland,

The 29th Annual Internationally Renowned Cotati Accordion Festival in August 2019!

Don’t miss the Polka Tent, the Jam Tent, the Student Stage, the Friday Red -



stages, and over 70 vendors, including food, wine, and beer. Tickets are available on line at www.cotat-, at all four Oliver’s Markets, The Last


People’s Music, and Tall Toad Music at $17.00 in advance, $27.00 for both days, and $19.00 at the gate.


Canada, joined by an ongoing two day dance party featuring

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zydeco bands, will be featured at the famed multi -generational event.

Cafe Show, the

Zydeco Dance Party and the alternative Traveling Spec- tacular Stage, the two main

For more in- formation call Scott Goree at (707) 479-

5481, at the C.A.F. hot- line (707) 664-0444, email at, or write to C.A.F. at Cotati Accordion Festival, P.O. Box 809 94931 Cotati, CA USA

Sonoma County, CA. ~ Kevin Russell and Some Dan- gerous Friends Live! is the hot off-the-presses CD for mu- sic-lovers to savor and enjoy. “Reminds me of a time when everyone listened to County music,” muses DJ Loisaida. Featured on the album are tal- ented musicians; Steve Della Maggiora on keyboard and guitar, Markie Sanders on bass and vocals, Rick Cutler on drums, Sean Allen on gui- tar, Maria Nguyen on lead and harmony vocals, and Kevin Russell on guitar and vocals. Recorded live at Lagunitas in Petaluma, the 12-track CD is comprised of cover songs by some of the greatest artists of our time. Two numbers by Loretta

Lynn, “Blue Kentucky Girl” and “If You’re Not Gone Too Long” feature Maria Nguyen’s sweet vocals. “Too Rock for County” by Lonnie Mack showcases the band’s versa- tility as well as their sense of humor with the misspelling of Two in the song title, as

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in “Two Rock for Country,” a nod to that rural location in Sonoma County, west of Petaluma. “That’s how I got to Memphis” by Tom T. Hall takes the listener on a jour- ney with a tune that you can slow-dance to with your spe- cial someone. Harmonies by Kevin Russell and Maria Ng- uyen on Vince Gill’s, “What the

Cowgirls Do” inspires spontaneous toe-tapping be careful

while so, driving.

“Two more Bottles of Wine” by Delbert McClinton show- cases Steve Della Maggiora on Keyboards. Merle Haggard’s “Runnin’ Kind/Lonesome Fugative” along

with “Luckenbach,

Chip Moman’s Texas” rep-

resent good old fashioned County songs played with ex- pertise by the band. “The One After 909,” attributed to John Lennon and Paul McCartney is enhanced by the authen- tic Country sound of Kevin Russell and Some Dangerous Friends. Music fans will enjoy ...continued on page 20

It takes a smart man to play dumb. ~ Mr. T CD REVIEW’s by Shekeyna Black ~

Kevin Russell and Some Dangerous Friends Live!

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