Button Box Gang

Button Box Gang

There’s something so cheerful about polka music, even if it invokes a memory of a fierce lady instructor propelling me around the floor while shouting instructions to other dancers and lecturing me about how I was doing it all wrong while my friends snickered from the sidelines. What can I say? She was right; I’m not a particularly talented dancer.

Despite this traumatizing event, I still like a bit of polka now and then, as I was reminded when I encountered the Button Box Gang on July 4th.

As their name suggests, the gang plays button boxes, which are “a type of accordion on which the melody-side keyboard consists of a series of buttons rather than piano-style keys.” (Thanks Wikipedia!).

It was really fun to watch the gang play their button boxes – they seem like they’re having so much fun, and really love performing! Their repertoire includes more than just polka; they also play waltzes, schottisches, two-steps, swing and Latin.

If you’d like to catch a show, they’ll be around town this summer:

Thursday, July 25th – Live at the Library, Loussac, Noon-1:00 PM

Saturday, August 3rd – Anchorage Saturday Market, 3:30-4:40 PM

Sunday, August 18th – Big Wild Life Runs, Westchester Lagoon, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Saturday, August 24th – Anchorage Saturday Market, 12:50 PM – 2:00 PM

Monday, September 2nd – State Fair – Colony Stage – 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

I highly recommend checking them out – I guarantee you’ll leave with a grin, and might even be moved to bust out a two-step or three.

Author: Gretchen Fauske

I love Anchorage. I love what it is, what it’s been, and what I dream it will be. I share my adventures with DJ (my husband), my fabulous family and friends, two frenchies named Grover and Teddy, and now, all of you. If you love Anchorage too, get in touch – guest posts are welcome!

2 thoughts on “Button Box Gang”

  1. You may not be the most graceful on a dance floor but you are still my favorite to dance with!

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