Wild Musicians Put "Big
Squeeze" on Orange County
By Craig MacDonald
Costa Mesa, Orange County Market Place
--The incredibly energetic music from
accordions, fiddles, guitars and drums
permeated the air to the absolute delight of
thousands of people at "The Big Squeeze,"
the First Orange County Accordion Festival,
held in conjunction with the Orange County
Market Place in Costa Mesa Sunday.
Folks of all ages, sizes and talents stomped
their feet, kicked up their legs and swung
their partners in Zydeco/Cajun style at the
wildly popular musical event.
Grammy Nominee Lisa Haley & The Zydekats
brought down the house with their pulsating,
rhythmic sounds that captured the spirit of
the day and the hearts of onlookers, some of
whom leaped up and danced like there was no
A rollicking grand time was had by all, who
appreciated the enthusiasm and all-out
performance of the fun and fantastic
entertainers and their audience.
Also, "Raving Polka," some of whose members
got their start in Moscow 23 years ago,
showed their pizzazz with dynamic folk music
that brought cheers from the overflow crowd.
Their dynamic delivery, including Russian
dance, brought an electricity to the air
that commanded attention. No wonder their
music has been featured in major motion
pictures and on television.
Event Creator Jill Lloyd and her team
amazingly were able to bring many of the
best accordionists and music players in the
World together for this truly memorable day.
We hope it becomes an annual tradition at
the widely-popular Orange County Market
Place, which is open on Saturdays and
Sundays at the OC Fair & Event Center (www.ocmarketplace.com).
There were many other noteworthy acts at the
festival, including Fontenot and Pappion
Louisiana Band, who played
scrub boards and other fascinating