Band of the Month

We are so excited to announce our new project to help you better get to know the performers that will be at the 30th Cotati Accordion Festival! From here until the festival we will be announcing a band/soloist/duo of the month.

March Band

Pistoleros Famosos

Pistoleros Famosos is a Norteño band from Santa Rosa, CA. The band has been playing together since 2016, but was started in 2013 by brothers, Edgar (vocals and bass) and Diego (vocals & bajo-quinto). The other two band members, Jovani (drums) and Arsel (accordion), also brothers, later joined. Ever since, they have played in many private parties and in well-known venues throughout California. Their style comes from a mixture of musical influences in Spanish rock, Mariachi, and several other Norteño bands. Their most recent material is an original song, “Sigue Firme Mi Paso”, which has been recently studio recorded and will be released soon.

Instagram & Facebook: @pistolerosfamososoficial

Live performance, “Sigue Firme Mi Paso”:

March Duo

Nathan & Jessie

From the city where they sun shines through the mist, Temecula, California, comes the jazzy folk duo Nathan & Jessie. Born of the individuals, Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith, this duo is a unique blend of jazzy folk and blues on resonator guitars and accordion, along with interesting interplay between male and female vocals. 

Their performances not only include unique all original music, but stories of their travels and interaction with the audience that make for an unforgettable experience. Love of sharing music has taken Nathan & Jessie all over the world, frequenting places like Mexico, Canada, France, New Orleans, and the Pacific Northwest. 

The upbeat tunes they write reflect the cultural, emotional, and inspirational images of their life experience and are rooted in the spirit of jazz, improvisation, storytelling, language, and humor.

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February Band

Mark St. Mary

We are pleased to announce a truly deserving Band of the month, Mark St. Mary! Mark St. Mary has been with the festival for over 15 years now, and we are more than excited to have him continue to perform at the 30th Cotati Accordion Festival! Mark St. Mary will be playing at Friar Tucks Zydeco stage. Friar Tucks is one of our 6 stages at the festival, don’t forget to come by for a dance! “Mark St. Mary’s family moved to the San Francisco Bay Area around 1960 in search of “better money” and greater freedom. The hardworking Mark St. Mary Louisiana Blues & Zydeco Band has been a favorite of Cajun/Zydeco festival crowds for years. St. Mary and company were voted the best zydeco band of 2007 by the Bay Area Blues Society. Mark St. Mary began playing accordion when he was 12, and started playing professionally at the age of 15. Inspired and mentored over the years by the “King of Zydeco” Clifton Chenier. Singing in English and Creole French, Mark St. Mary leads his band through original songs including “St. Mary Special” and “Moi Seado (My Syrup),” interspersed with dance floor favorites from Chenier’s “I’m Coming Home” and the classic Harry Choates version of “Jolie Blon” to Rockin Sidney’s “Don’t Mess with My Toot Toot.” Today Mark St. Mary lives in Antelope, CA and has been crowned the “Delta King”, a title he received at The Isleton Crawdad Festival. He plays a bluesy zydeco style influenced by accordionist Clifton Chenier. Depending on the venue, he might play pure zydeco, mixed with some double pump. Don’t be surprised to see him pull out the little squeeze box and play his favorite Cajun tunes. Mark likes to observe the dancers and see what they like and he might “cut loose,” throwing in with some down home Blues “a little R&B and Country and a little down- and-dirty belly rubbing. He’s versatile that way and one thing is for sure, You will never get bored with Mark holding that accordion.”

February Soloist

Cory Pesaturo

We are pleased to announce our soloist of the month for February….
Cory Pesaturo (@cpez)! Our soloist of the month is Cory “C-Pez” Pesaturo . Cory is a revolutionary in the accordion world. We feel that he is the greatest jazz accordionist in America, while being the Cotati Accordion Festival’s most influential ambassador around the world. You can see him on our stages both days at this year’s festival this August 22 & 23! “Cory Pesaturo (“C Pez”) is at the forefront of the accordion world, pushing the boundaries on multiple fronts of what is possible with the accordion. The only person to ever win the trio of World Championships on Acoustic, Digital & Jazz Accordion, and the only accordion graduate of the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA. In 2017, Pesaturo became a Guinness World Record Holder, as RedBull® flew him to Austria to break the Marathon Accordion Record, in which Cory played for over 32 hours. Cory’s main contribution is his visionary thinking of how the accordion should be used, played, taught, and presented in modern music. He has given 2 TED Talk’s and 2 Google Talk’s about this, which are currently the only TED or Google talks in the world about the accordion. Pesaturo is also developing his own electric accordion, and already has made the first-ever skinned accordion which includes a symmetric lighting system attached to the keys.”

December Band –

Those Darn Accordions!

For our first band of the month, there’s no better fit than Those Darn Accordions!

TDA was a revolutionary group when they first started. They would go around SF stopping in restaurants unannounced and start playing their rocking accordions to startled patrons. They eventually developed their own “wall of sound”, featuring four or five accordionists along the front line. They played the first three years in a row when the festival first began and have been an integral part of the festival ever since. They are part of the uniqueness of the festival where you could listen to the legendary art van dame one moment, and then Led Zeppelin’s stairway to heaven the next.

Paul Rogers is the heart and soul of Those Darn Accordions and he keeps innovating year in and year out with more surprises from his surprising band! Excited to see what they bring to the festival this year!!

Pictured in the first photos is left to right: Suzanne Garramone, @progersw, Carri Abrahms, @shuttupian, Susie Davis, @lewismwallace

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