Cotati, California is located in Sonoma County approximately eight
miles south of Santa Rosa, nine miles north of Petaluma
and 47 miles north of San Francisco near Highway 101.
Named after a Miwok
Native American village, Kota’ti, the peaceful-looking region with
its rolling hills and colorful fields is primarily a residential
community made up agriculture and local business enterprise.
destination for tourists with hotels and entertainment, Cotati was
home to alternative music and attracted those seeking alternative
lifestyles during much of the 20th century. As the regional
population grew, however, it incorporated and created a slow growth
policy. Music continues to be an important element of the
community's well-being as the city enjoys an infusion of local
talent and a larger base from nearby colleges. Near Cotati are
Sonoma State University and Golden Gate University, recognized as
one of the top universities in the United States for information
major university nearby is certainly a cultural asset, but there has
never been a shortage of culture in Cotati. In September the City
and the Chamber of Commerce gather to celebrate Cotati at the annual
Showcase Cotati, where local businesses puy on a "street fair"
beneath the trees of La Plaza Park to showcase their wares. The city
is home to the Cotati Jazz Festival each June, the newly established
Cotati Philharmonic, the annual Kid's Day Parade and the
internationally renowned Cotati Accordion Festival in late August.
"Use an Accordion, Go to Cotati" say the bumper stickers that
promote the Cotati Accordion Festival, one of Sonoma County's
largest events and one of the most significant accordion festivals
in the United States. Clifton Buck-Kauffman and Jim Boggio, local
accordionist extraordinaire, invented the festival in 1991. The
festival draws accordion aficionados from all over the world to La
Plaza Park to participate in a full weekend of fun, food and music
celebrating the beloved squeezebox.
In 1996 festival co-founder Jim Boggio died. He was considered by
his fans to be the "King of the Accordion" and by Keyboard magazine
to be one of the three best accordion players in the United States
at the time of his death.
In 1997, a statue was erected in La Plaza Park in honor of Jim
Boggio and in memory of his contribution to the city's cultural
heritage and to the continuing history of Cotati.