Accordions in Rochester

Popular in the 1950s and 1960s, accordions have lost popularity and have often been the brunt of many jokes. Here in Rochester, the accordion is experiencing a bit of a Renaissance with accordions appearing at coffeehouses, in restaurants, at large accordion jam sessions, and on the streets.

Where to hear Accordion Music in Rochester

Types of accordions

Most accordions make sound by blowing air over reeds. Here are some types of accordions and similar instruments:

Where to buy an accordion

Where to get an accordion fixed

Interesting Accordion Web Sites

The Annual Accordion Jam Session

This event, put on by the [WWW]Polish Heritage Society of Rochester, takes place in a tent outside the Rochester Museum & Science Center sometime in mid-late summer (the 2009 Accordion Jam will be held on Sunday, July 19th). In the 2006 session, five professional accordion players led the group and around fifteen other accordionists showed up to a tent packed with fans of accordion music. Music is handed out, but don't worry too much if you don't play well because it all blends in. There are used accordions for sale there and grilled polish sausage and sauerkraut along with beer to set the mood and make the accordions sound more tolerable. It's all great fun.


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2008-03-01 15:04:21   You can hear accordion at, too. —ZachKuvizic