PERFORMING AT THE 2018 CAF
T-LUKE and the TIGHT SUITS

Although this band is somewhat new on the scene, the history of the music goes way back, and it started influencing the Domingue family long before T-Luke’s time. In the mid-1950’s great grandfather Lucas Domingue Sr. gave T-Luke’s dad his first guitar. Lucas Domingue Sr. was a man beyond his time, handcrafting double and triple neck, five, seven, and eight stringed instruments throughout the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s, in a workshop he set up behind the canned foods section in the back of his grocery store located in Duson, LA. He also repaired accordions and performed at the local dance clubs.

Fast forward to the 1990s and you’ve got his grandson Richie Domingue taking his band Gator Beat up and down the west coast, throughout the south, and to parts of Canada while releasing five albums from 1991-2004. In the 1970s Richie moved from Lafayette, LA, where he grew up, to Northern California. There he met his wife Carolyn (Montreal, Canada) and started a family.

This brings us to the present where T-Luke & The Tight Suits, led by Richie’s son, carries on the tradition of music that began and is deeply rooted in the Domingue family. The band not only incorporates music from these roots, but also includes their own flare with a fresh, bluesy, soulful, down-home sound.
 
Band Members
T-Luke (Lucas Domingue) – Guitar, accordion, vocals.
Tony Schena – Bass, vocals.
Alex Garcia – Saxophone, keys.
Mikey Cannon – Drums.

Other Featured Musicians:
Ellen Toscano – Vocals.
Lou A. Rodriguez – Drums.
Nazar Eljumaily – Guitar

PERFORMING AT THE 2018 CAF
Sourdough Slim
Last Of The Vaudeville Cowboys

 

"There's no one else out there like Sourdough Slim. An accordion playing, yodeling, tongue-in-cheek, cowboy-dressed entertainer deluxe. Catchy, uplifting, irresistible, jolly fun." says Cowboy Magazine editor Darrell Arnold. One of the most original and beloved Western entertainers of our time, Sourdough Slim is a hoot to say the least. The moment this award winning Western showman steps into the spotlight, it's apparent to everyone that they're in for a rollicking good time. Ten gallon funny-man Sourdough Slim, transports us to a whimsical world where vaudevillian camp and cowboy lore intermingle to produce grins galore.

Slim, aka Rick Crowder, is a well traveled veteran of stages ranging from The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering to The Lincoln Center's Roots of American Music Festival and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. His fast-paced stage show finds him crooning Western classics, playing accordion, guitar and harmonica, dancing a jig, dishing out hilarious comedic sketches and letting loose with some absolutely mind boggling yodeling. His truly astounding yippie-ti-yi style won him the Academy of Western Artists 2001 Will Rogers Award for "Yodeler of the Year" and 2009, 2010 and 2011 nomination for "Entertainer of the Year" from the Western Music Association.

The Allentown Morning Call proclaims him to be a "One-man Western extravaganza!" The East Bay Express calls him "The most entertaining cowboy singer-yodeler-accordionist extant!" The Newport News Review brandishes him "The W. C. Fields of Western Entertainment" and Via Magazine heralds him "Entertainer extraordinaire!"

Born in Hollywood, California, Rick Crowder spent much of his childhood on a family cattle ranch in the Sierra foothills. But as he explains, "my true calling as a cowboy was not on the range but rather, on the stage." A childhood cut-up, he developed his comic character, honed his musical and yodeling skills and garnered the nick name "Slim" while performing in several traveling western bands in the 1970's and 80's. Sourdough Slim emerged in 1988 when he came up with the idea to meld his experiences into a solo act based on a comical accordion playing yodeling cowhand. He has never looked back.

His seasoned gift for connecting with audiences from the Autry Museum to The Kennedy Center is a true testament to the irrepressible talent and dedication of this unique entertainer.

PERFORMING AT THE 2018 CAF
The Great Morgani


 


The Great Morgani
aka Frank Lima

  

  

What! Another Polka?

2018, WILL MAKE THE 19TH YEAR, "THE GREAT MORGANI" HAS APPEARED AT THE COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL.

ALWAYS DAZZLING THE AUDIENCE WITH THE MOST UNUSUAL COSTUMES, BE PREPARED FOR, FOUR COSTUMES.
THE GREAT ONE WILL BE ON STAGE 4 TIMES DURING THE TWO DAY EVENT, SO EXPECT ABOUT 24 SONGS.

AS USUAL, HAVE YOUR EYES OPEN, CAMERA READY, AND ENJOY THE CREATIVE COSTUMED MUSICAL MADNESS FROM THIS PERFORMER.

BE SURE TO CHECK OUT HIS BOOK, "THE CREATIVE MADNESS OF A MIDDLE AGED STOCKBROKER, TURNED STREET MUSICIAN", AT THE T-SHIRT TENT.  PART OF THE PROCEEDS OF SALE GO BACK TO THE COTATI ACCORDION FESTIVAL.

The Great Morgani Website

 

PERFORMING AT THE 2018 CAF
The Golden State
Accordion Club Band

 Listen to "Let's Have a Party" by the Golden State Accordion Club Band

The Golden State Accordion Club Band has been pleasing audiences with its European style music for many years.  The group is sponsored by the Golden State Accordion Club and features a variety of accordions including Button Box, Piano and Chromatic instruments.

 Responding to audience demands, the band performs polka and waltz music of various European styles.  The band prides itself on the ability to get the toes tapping, the hands clapping and the dance floor flowing.

The Golden State Accordion Club was formed in l991 and is a very active organization determined to promote the accordion family and perpetuate the enjoyment this instrument gives to all.   The club is comprised of three chapters which meet each month at the following locations; Vacaville, Humboldt County (Loleta) and Sacramento.

The club is very proud of its scholarship and accordion loaner programs, which offers financial support and instrument availability to young players.  The past year the club awarded 15 scholarships to youngsters ranging in age from 8 to 16.  To date we have awarded more than $50,000 in scholarships.

Just for fun, we invite you to bring your accordion or other musical instruments and join others in wild, raucous, noisy playing in our jam tent here at Cotati. We also hope you will be able to visit us at one of our meetings; and, if you would like more information about this club, contact Carole at 707-864-2359



PERFORMING AT THE 2018 CAF

the Mad Maggies
Hard to Describe, Easy to Love

11 years and 7 albums later the Mad Maggies are:

Johny Blood: tuba, bullhorn  …“Go, Johny!”
Ray Fernandez: saxophones  …“Take us away, Ray!”
Ian Luke: drums, percussion  …“That brown eyed boy!”
Maggie “Mags” Martin: accordionist, vocals, composer, fearless leader  …“Is everybody ready?”
Tim “SepTIMus” Sarter: U-bass, bass guitar  …“Where’s Tim?”
Gary “GDub” Wium: guitars   …“Hell, yeah!”
Ned Stone: trombone
Nick Nemoyten: trumpet

“There was not a moment when the dance floor was not packed, even long after the beer was gone. Yes, you guys rock” — Rod De Witt, Andersen Valley Brewing Company

“The Mad Maggies...hit it home...leaving the audience begging for an encore.”Golden Gate [X]Press

“The Best Band Ever” ­— Howard Dillon, Bolinas Hearsay News

“One listen to La Pachulera, from the band's self-produced CD “Crazed and Enthused,” is all you need to know just how eclectic this band can be. The song kicks off with a syncopated Tex-Mex rhythm exploding into a rollicking Eastern European dance groove before settling back into that laid-back South-of-the-border feel – like klezmer musicians stranded at a well-lubricated Tijuana wedding party.”
— Greg Cahill, for The Argus Courier
“We LOVE the Mad Maggies! ... You have got to experience this band…” — Cadenza Music, St. Paul, MN

“I absolutely LOVE your music! Maggie’s voice is so of  another era... Don't you just want to rub it all over your face?” — L. Baker-Ronco

Enjoy the Mad Maggies “Street Dog” video here.

For booking and more information visit www.themadmaggies.com
 
The Cotati Accordion Festival is grateful for Maggie Martin who volunteered to work as our SOCIAL MEDIA DIRECTOR. She is responsible for the online posts we hope you’ve enjoyed.

Maggie is also the illustrious Director and Producer of the ANNUAL GRAND FINALE on the center stage Sunday. Thank you again. YOU ROCK!!!!
 

REMEMBER
NO DOGS IN PARK