The Alaska Button Box Gang is a social and recreational group dedicated to promoting the history and enjoyment of button box accordion music. We play music for pleasure, for recreation and for many events in the greater Anchorage community. The band plays traditional Slovenian, German and Polish accordion music as well as songs written by members of the group.Our repertoire includes polkas, waltzes, two-steps, swing and Latin.
Some members have been playing together for about 30 years, others are newcomers to accordion music. All play because they enjoy playing the button box accordion and playing together. Members of the group hail from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, New Jersey and Colorado as well as Alaska.
The Alaska Button Box Gang performs regularly in the Anchorage area for non-profits and schools, as well as at the Anchorage Saturday Market, the library, the Alaska Botanical Garden and other organizations in the area. In addition, the group occasionally travels to other parts of Alaska and to events outside Alaska. A sampling of some events are the National Button Accordion Festival in Bessemer, PA in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and its former incarnation the Far West Button Box Jamboree in Fontana, California in 2003 and 2004; Ironworld Polka Festival in Chisholm, Minnesota in 2008 and the Tok, Alaska Fourth of July Celebration in 2006.