Jam Tent 2021 presents a variety of fun activities. Whether you play in the tent, enter a raffle or buy an inexpensive, good accordion, you’ll learn a lot about accordions. Proceeds from sales and raffle all go toward the Cotati Accordion Student Scholarship program. Each year students compete for cash prizes and this is a great way to support the next generation of students.
When you visit the tent, you’ll chat with George Bachich about accordion repairs at the “Accordion Autopsy” table or you can discuss the history of Italian accordion sheet music with Cotati’s historian Sheri Mignano Crawford. Plus you’ll make new friends who also love to play the accordion. Accordions are sold both days until 5:00P and the raffle is held at 4:00P Sunday. You must be present to win. Heartwarming story about the first Jam Tent raffle.
For more than a decade, the Jam Tent has served as an anchor to all accordionists in search of connecting to others. Under the auspices of the Golden State Accordion Club, it grew into the most popular hub at the festival. It’s a great place to hang out, meet a friend, swap and share the latest in the accordion world. Stop by and play for an hour or so. It’s up to you. All musical instruments are welcome. Maybe you’ll learn a new tune or see an old friend again. Create some lasting memories and take them home to share with family and friends Binders provide the sheet music, and you provide the musical excitement. A rotation of leaders keeps the enthusiasm high and organized.
The tent is open on two sides, chairs for guests surround the players. Even if you don’t intend to play, sit down and enjoy listening.
The music is non-stop from 9:45A to 5:00P both days. It is located at the north gate entry.