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The Alaska Button Box Gang is a social and recreational group dedicated to promoting the history and enjoyment of button box accordion music. We play music for pleasure, for recreation and for many events in the greater Anchorage community. The band plays traditional Slovenian, German and Polish accordion music as well as songs written by members of the group. Our repertoire includes polkas, waltzes, schottisches, two-steps, swing and Latin. Our recordings are available at Alaska Button Box Gang Recordings.
Some members have been playing together for about 40 years, others are newcomers to accordion music. All play because they enjoy playing the button box accordion and playing together. Members of the group hail from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, New Jersey and Colorado as well as Alaska.
The Alaska Button Box Gang performs regularly in the Anchorage area for non-profits and schools, as well as at the Anchorage Saturday Market, the library and other organizations.
We are looking forward to the 2022 season and have some events lined up. Some of us are traveling to Sharon Pennsylvania for the National Button Accordion Festival on Memorial Day weekend and before that we are playing for Reading Rendezvous on the Loussac Library lawn on May 14th. We will entertain vendors and buyers twice at the Spenard Market at the Chilkoot's parking lot. Check out our Events page for details. We hope to see some familiar faces in the audience.
In addition, the group occasionally travels to other parts of Alaska and to events outside Alaska. A sampling of some events are Ironworld Polka Festival in Chisholm, Minnesota in June 2008; the Far West Button Box Jamboree in Fontana, California in 2003 and 2004 and its successor the National Button Accordion Festival in Yukon, Oklahoma in 2007, Bessemer, PA in 2009 through 2016, and in Sharon, PA in 2017; the Tok, Alaska Fourth of July Celebration in 2006; the Southwest Polka Party in Las Vegas in 2001 and 2002; and the Big Joe Polka Show in 2007. Members also participated in the 2016 All Accordion Festival at the Slovene Hall in Fontana, California Labor Day Weekend.W