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Café Accordion Orchestra to perform at library

"Berets and Bongos" describes the Café Accordion Orchestra experience (CAO).  

A loungy, eclectic mix, full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude, they will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 7 at the Park Rapids Area Library as part of the Kitchigami Regional Library System Legacy Program.  

This group is sure to get you tapping your toes.  It's an opportunity for all ages to come together and celebrate another unique form of music.

      The heart of the Café Accordion repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influ-enced valse-musette. The five-member group complements the musettes with swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show. They inject their music with good humor and expressive abandon.

Their high level of musicianship and passion for performance makes them an entertaining concert act as well as a great dance band.

     CAO is led by Dan Newton on accordion and vocals, with Eric Mohring on mandolin, violin and vocals, Erik Lillestol on bass and vocals, Robert Bell on guitar and vocals and Joe Steinger on percussion. CAO has been delighting audiences and dancers alike since 1995.

They have appeared in New York at the Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series, the International Akkordeon Festival in Vienna, Austria, the Minnesota State Fair, as well as festivals, theaters and dance halls across the United States.