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Back by popular demand: Accordion-O-Rama

Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton performs as part of the annual “Accordion-O-Rama” at Crossings Friday July 18.

The annual event that continues to sell-out audiences, “Accordion-O-Rama” returns to Crossings on Friday July 18.

The 8 p.m. show features performers Dan “Daddy Squeeze” Newton, McKnight Artist Fellowship winner Dee Langley and Jerry Minar, maker of Hengel concertinas. They’ll perform in round robin and together.

Newton enjoys mixing up styles and genres that don't generally seem compatible. He describes “ethno-clectic bop” as the result of his genre-bending experiments with Celtic, Tex-Mex, Creole, blues, Jazz, Scandinavian, polka and pop music.

He entertains and enlightens his audiences with stories and colorful anecdotes about the accordion’s history and his experiences making a living by playing and singing with the instrument he loves.

Langley’s lifelong love and performance of music has taken her to Europe, both to tour and to teach, and earned her several guest appearances as accordionist with the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

A founding member of the award-winning Balkan group Orkestar Bez Ime, she has enjoyed a wide variety of ethnic festival venues across America. She won a McKnight Artist Fellowship for performing musicians in 2011-12.

Minar, a 2012 inductee into the Minnesota Hall of Fame, started taking accordion lessons at age 7 and teaching lessons by age 15.

He started playing professionally with the Village Concertina Band in 1965 and later joined the Ivan Kahle Band. He has been building Hengel concertinas for 17 years.

Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. To reserve tickets, visit, call 507-732-7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Ave. Zumbrota.

If yo go …

What: Accordion-O-Rama

When: 8 p.m. Friday July 18

Where: Crossings at Carnegie

Cost: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

More info: 507-732-7616 or