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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On The Road Again - Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration

On The Road Again - Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration


The days of June 19-22 brought The Portatos to Leavenworth Washington for the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration and Competition.

Friday was the big day - the big busy day.  I (Chip) competed in the morning in her solo category, then as soon as I was finished the race was on to make it to the Gazebo for the Portatos' 11:00 AM performance.

The Leavenworth Gazebo

The concert at the gazebo was fun! Our performance included 'The Pirates of the Caribbean', 'The Final Countdown', 'Surfing USA', and other hit songs.

Just looking at the photos - you can tell we enjoyed ourselves! 

Chip introduces the rest of the Portatos while
Couch Potato keeps some music going.

Ruffles & French Fry announce their favorite song: Surfin' USA

Tater Tot waiting for the performance to begin. 

Chip and Ruffles get some movement going during 'Surfin USA'

Curly Fry and Spud during the performance.

Everyone enjoyed themselves!
That afternoon - the Band Competition brought The Portatos back to the main event hall. 

Our serious 'sit down' piece - Anantango by Gorka Hermosa

Not serious now!  Time to have some fun with Surfing USA!
There was a really amazing band from the Czech Republic - we applaud them for traveling so far and congratulate them on their first place winnings.  The Portatos didn't mind at all placing second next to them. It was a close competition!

To see more photos, check out our Facebook Page

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Springtime Concert

Springtime Concert

A couple months ago, The Portatos performed at the German American Society of Spokane for their spring concert.  From 'Pirates of the Carribean' to 'The Final Countdown', the music was full of fun and variety!

Here are just a few shots of the evening:

Waiting for the performance to start. 

'Ruffles' and 'French Fry' announcing Surfin' USA. 

'Tater Tot' getting ready to announce 'The Final Countdown'

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Portato Time!

Portato Time!

It's that time of year again. . . Competition Season has arrived!

In two weeks, The Portatos Accordion Band will be hitting the road again.  Destination: Leavenworth Washington.

What's in Leavenworth?   The Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration!

2013 First Place Winners | Band Category

The dates are set - June 19-22.  Friday June 20 is the big day for our group.  The morning hours will see us perform on stage at the Gazebo in downtown Leavenworth, and the Band Competition is that afternoon.  Several of our members are also competing with solos.  You can learn more about the competition and check out the schedule here

Will we get to see you there?

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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