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Thursday, August 2, 2012

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The summer of 2012 has been one of many journeys for The Portatos | Accordion Band.   This started with the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration in June.  Their performance was marked with creativity and energy, earning them a second place trophy in the band category.


The next weeks were crammed with daily practice for their concert at Riverfront Park in Spokane on July 4th and then at the River Park Square Mall on July 6th.  Two days later, they were off for Kimberly B.C.  A week of intense practice, competition, and serious fun began. 

The Kimberly International Old Time Accordion Competition saw The Portatos learn to dance, among other things. They came in a close second in the band category, only missing first by .025 of a point.   They did, however, walk away with the Showmanship Award.

The day after their return from Canada, The Portatos had the honor of opening the Alex Meixner concert in Spokane on July 16 and were privileged to share the stage with him several times that evening.  With characteristic Alex Meixner energy, he even required them to polka on stage!

Two days later, The Portatos were again on the road. Destination: Victoria BC. The Victoria Accordion Celebration was waiting.   Competitions were done by 5:00 on Friday. The following day, The Portatos were thrilled to perform at the Market Square in downtown Victoria, invited by the Victoria Accordion Celebration.  When all was said and done, The Portatos took home a 1st place trophy for the Band Category.



The summer isn’t over yet.  August 10 will see The Portatos performing at the Wallace Accordion Festival.  August 28th, they will be sharing a stage with Tango Volcado to help raise funds for the World Trophy Accordion Competitions in October. They will also be performing at the Spokane Interstate Fair, the Spokane Fall Folk Festival, and First Night Spokane.    It will be a season to remember.

Article submitted to NWAS News on 8/2/12

The Portatos

Modernized Accordion Band

Since January of 2011, The Portatos | Accordion Band has been bringing smiles to faces young and old with their music and show-group qualities.Under the direction and coaching of Patricia Bartell of Able To Play Music LLC (Spokane, WA), The Portatos are held to high standards of musical and performance skill. The Portatos have performed at the Spokane Fall Folk Festival every year since 2011, the Spokane Interstate Fair in 2012 and 2013, on stage at the Bing Crosby Theater multiple times, and have been featured by KPBX Spokane Public Radio on air as well as for one of their free kid's concerts. They have competed at the accordion festivals in Leavenworth, WA and Victoria, BC and come away with first place winnings.

Fun. Upbeat. Unique. The Portatos enjoy their music and love sharing it with others.

12 Years
Age of youngest band members
8 Accordionists
Playing some of the coolest music ever!
12 Awesome Musicians
2 Bass Players, 1 Violinist, and 1 Drummer to add their skills to the mix!

Our Team

Patricia Bartell
Director
Accordionists

Yev Nosov

Corrie Nosov

Joe Raske

Jack Bross

Lilian Deck

Maya Phipps

Violin
Reagan Ivey
Bass
Joy Morin
Drums
John Brogan
The Portatos
Modernized Accordion Band

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