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Saturday, August 24, 2013

News from The Portato Sack

News from The Portato Sack

Summer started with a bang at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane as The Portatos took to the stage for their first concert of the season.  Along with some old favorites such as ‘Orange Blossom Special’, they shared some new repertoire –including ‘The Final Countdown’. The show featured more than music, as Chip danced to ‘The Charleston’ and Spud sang ‘Fly Me To The Moon’. There was also a fun commercial break with Potato Bug giving away shirts in Japanese.

One week later, The Portatos were on the road again. Destination: The Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration.  This was to be their last gig with their drummer, Hashbrown – as the young man would be moving to Seattle the next week. He will be missed, but we wish him the best! The Portatos performed first at the Gazebo and left a happy crowd to go compete at the Festhall.  Their competition pieces included ‘Elvira Waltz’ and ‘The Final Countdown’. It was a group of happy Portatos that accepted first place at the awards ceremony that Sunday.  The competition was great and it was wonderful to see the talent that was outduring the festival. Congrats to the winners!

The Portatos are currently a part of the Vivace Accordion Orchestra of Able To Play Music who are working together to represent the US at the Victoria B.C. Accordion Orchestra Competition which is under the auspices of the Coupe Mondial. The first round of competition took place on August 17th - the whole Orchestra was excited as they advanced to the second round and took third place on August 18th. Our best wishes to those competing in the Couple Mondial and congratulations to the winners of the B.C. Competition!

The Portatos are proud of their Potato Bug, Naomi Harris,who qualified to represent the US in the Coupe Mondial this year.  Our best wishes go out to her!

On December 1 at 3 pm The Portatos will perform at the Bing Crosby Theater in Spokane with the Vivace Accordion Orchestra. The concert will also feature Patricia Bartell and the newest member of our Able To Play teaching team, Bratislav Manasijevic. 

Coming up, The Portatos have been invited to perform at the Spokane Interstate Fair on September 13th at 2:00 pm and at the Spokane Fall Folk Festival this November.  

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

Yev Nosov

Corrie Nosov

Joe Raske

Jack Bross

Lilian Deck

Maya Phipps

Reagan Ivey
Joy Morin
John Brogan
The Portatos
Modernized Accordion Band


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