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Byline: The Register-Guard

It's no longer just for

the Lawrence Welk fans

With everyone from Norah Jones to Mood Area 52 embracing the accordion, it's clear that the old squeezebox is making a comeback.

On the heels of the national accordion players convention in Philadelphia (and the 65th anniversary of the American Accordionists Association, no less), the Monsters of the Accordion tour is coming to Sam Bond's Garage, 407 Blair Blvd. today.

Billed as "a dream come true," the tour features three San Francisco area players (Jason Webley, Aaron Seeman and Daniel Ari) and one accordion repairman (Kimric Smythe).

Webley, the Tom Waits of accordion music, grunts out original songs and covers of such accordion, ah, classics as "La Vida Loca" by Ricky Martin and "Eye of the Tiger" by Survivor.

Ari plays with the band Bass Line Dada, which recently released an EP and a single titled "Grammarians Are Pissed."

Seeman has recorded with Mr. Bungle and is the director of a punk rock string orchestra. He specializes in accordion versions of Dead Kennedys songs.

Smythe, the owner of Smythe's Accordion Center in Oakland, Calif., is on hand in case the accordions break.

The concert starts at 9:30 p.m. The cover is $5.

The bands will be

jammin' in North Plains

Hippie jam bands aren't the only thing you'll find at the String Cheese Incident Summer Camp, July 31 to Aug. 3 at Horning's Hideout in North Plains.

Colorado's the String Cheese Incident will perform three times. Other entertainers include Toots and the Maytals, Hot Buttered Rum and the North African-style trance-funk band Hamsa Lila, which will play an all-night show. Eugene guitar sensation Justin King will play Aug. 3.

Tickets for the four-night, three-day festival are $140 and include camping.

For information, go to www.string cheeseincident .com.

- The Register-Guard
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jul 18, 2003
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