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ConcertinaMusic.com has assembled a list of Concertina Clubs; organizations who support the chemnitzer concertina and musicians through planned events and casual social opportunities. Each club is listed by name with basic information and club contact.
This page also includes a list of venues that offer regularly scheduled jam sessions and open mic opportunities featuring the concertina and other bellows-driven, free-reed instruments. So grab your concertina and join your friends for some good music and good times!
To locate the music event, just click on the location name to see where Google Maps pinpoints the site.
For a list of upcoming music festivals and larger concertina-related gatherings, please visit the community supported Facebook Group.
Central Wisconsin Concertina Club
Contact: Robert Olejniczak
Description: The club was organized in 1971. They meet the third Monday, March through October, at Schmidt’s Bar near Wausau, Wisconsin. They play for many parades and festivals in the area plus other special events.
Cicero Concertina Circle
Contact: Ted Kloba
Description: Established since 1919. The club meets on the first Friday of each month, except July and August. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held at the Drexel Hall (of the Hawthorne Park District), located at 3539 South 54th Ave, Cicero, Illinois.
Czech Area Concertina Club
(New Prague, Minnesota)
Contact: Dave Sibinski
12375 Flag Av S
Savage, MN 55378
Description: The club is the largest chemnitzer concertina club in the world! They meet monthly at the Park Ballroom in New Prague, Minnesota for discussions, group and solo playing. Annual dues are $15.00 for a single membership and $20.00 for a family membership.
Minnesota Concertina Club
Contact: Jeannie Enabit
Glencoe, Minnesota 55336
Members: 100 members from 16 states
Description: The Minnesota Concertina Club meets for a concertina jam on the second Saturday of each month (1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) at the Glencoe Pizza Ranch, Glencoe, Minnesota. Jeannie Enabit is the editor of the Concertina Connection periodical. Subscriptions cost $15 per year for twelve issues.
National Accordion Association
Contact: Norman Seaton
Description: The National Accordion Association exists to support musicians and to encourage an appreciation of the accordion (which includes all bellows-driven, free-reed instruments) by the general public. The Association seeks to motivate accordionists in building their musical skills, knowledge, and abilities to perform both solo and with other musical instruments. Opportunities are provided for accordionists to collaborate with each other and to learn through numerous events held in various locations throughout the year.
North Star Concertina Club
(Twin Cities Area, Minnesota)
Contact: Bruce Libby
1074 120th St
Roberts, Wisconsin, 54023
Description: Meets on the last Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the Red Barn VFW in Cottage Grove Minnesota. Monthly newsletter includes inserts and a ‘song of the month.’ Dues are $15 per year. The club strives to minimize the business portion of their meetings and maximize individual and group playing time. The club plays a few public events each year.
Northeastern Wisconsin Concertina,
Accordion and Button Box Club – NEWCABB
Contact: Casey Pszanka
396 Cross Rd
Sobieski, Wisconsin 54171
River Bend Players
Contact: Rick Leach
Description: The River Bend Players meet the third Sunday of each month at the American Legion Hall in Huntley, Illinois. All are welcome to come and join them!
Sleepy Eye Area Concertina Club
(Sleepy Eye, Minnesota)
Contact: Tina Losleben
32667 270th St
Sleepy Eye, Minnesota 56085
Description: The Sleepy Eye Area Concertina Club meets the first Thursday of each month at the Servicemen’s Club in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. The club members play music the first hour as a group, then have a meeting, then play individually and socialize. Annual membership dues are $12.00 per person or $15.00 per family. The group is fairly new and is growing. Visitors are always welcome!
World Concertina Congress
Contact: Jon Dietz
World Concertina Congress
Description: The World Concertina Congress was created in 1975 by a handful of chemnitzer concertina musicians and has grown over the years to include thousands of musicians and enthusiasts from around the world.
JAM SESSIONS – OPEN MIC OPPORTUNITIES
Apache Villa Jam Session (Hosted by: Apache Villa Homeowners Association)
1235 S Ocotillo Dr
Apache Junction, AZ 85120
First and third Friday of every month, during the winter season.
American Legion of Huntley (Hosted by: River Bend Players)
11712 Coral St
Huntley, IL 60142
Third Sunday of every month.
Drexel Hall (Hosted by: Cicero Concertina Circle)
3539 South 54th Ave
Cicero, IL 60804
First Friday of every month (except July and August) at 7:00 p.m.
Glencoe Pizza Ranch (Hosted by: Minnesota Concertina Club)
2408 9th St E
Glencoe, MN 55336
Second Saturday of every month from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Red Barn VFW, Post 8752 (Hosted by: North Star Concertina Club)
9260 E Point Douglas Rd S
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Last Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.
Sleepy Eye Service Men’s Club (Hosted by: Sleepy Eye Area Concertina Club)
109 1st Av S
Sleepy Eye, MN 56085
First Thursday of every month at 7:30 p.m.
1015 Center Avenue
Janesville, WI 53546
Second Sunday of every month from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall
1920 South 37th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53215
Every Wednesday evening from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Schmidt’s Ballroom Bar and Grill (Hosted by: Central Wisconsin Concertina Club)
7085 County Road A
Wausau, WI 54401
Third Monday of the month, March through October.