“Berets and Bongos” describes the Café Accordion experience. A loungy, eclectic mix, full of French flare, Latin heat and Bohemian attitude. The heart of the Café Accordion repertoire is the romantic, gypsy-influenced valse-musette. The group complements the musettes with swing, ballads, tangos, cha chas, rumbas, and cumbias to create a wonderfully varied show. They inject their music with good humor and expressive abandon. Their high level of musicianship and passion for performance makes them an entertaining concert act as well as a great dance band.
CAO is lead by DAN NEWTON on accordion and vocals, with ERIC MOHRING on mandolin, violin and vocals, ERIK LILLESTOL on bass and JOE STEINGER on percussion. The band has the great fortune of working with some of the area's finest guitarists and vocalists. CAO has been delighting audiences and dancers alike since 1995. They have appeared in New York at the
Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing series, the International Akkordeon Festival in Vienna, Austria, The Minnesota State Fair, as well as festivals, theaters and dance halls across the United States.
Cafe Accordion orchestra generally performs as a quintet, but is also available from solo (accordion only) to quartet for smaller events and smaller budgets.
Eric Mohring (mandolin, violin & vocal),
Erik Lillestol (bass & vocal),
Joe Steinger (drums and percussion),
Dan (accordion & vocal)