Accordion Lessons via Skype

Study accordion via SkypeIf you would like to take an accordion lesson from Daddy Squeeze, but don’t get to Minnesota often, here’s the answer. You can get lessons lessons via Skype! A simple email or phone call to set up the time, and a PayPal deposit is all it takes. If you don’t have a Skype account, they are free, and easy to set up. Just go to to get started. It’s an easy, quick, and efficient way to learn the accordion!

Here’s a testimonial from one happy customer:

Dan, thanks for another fabulous lesson! It’s so cool to learn not only the songs and techniques, but the stories behind the music.  I think it really helps to understand where the music came from or why it’s played a certain way.  I’m really having fun with this and you’ve given me lots of great stuff to work on.

- Monte Schaffer

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Squeeze-O-Gram 1/3/17

3 gigs, a show and a TV appearance to tell you about!

January 3, Tuesday 6-9pm
Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordion Orchestra @ Loring Pasta Bar, Mpls
Join CAO for an early dinner and dance. The Pasta Bar has very good food at very nice prices and room to dance! The Loring Pasta Bar is on 327 14th Av. SE. Mpls, MN. 612-378-4849

January 4, Wednesday 6-7:30pm

Daddy Squeeze @ Vieux Carre, St. Paul
Dan plays a dinner set in this cool New Orleans-themed club (formerly the Artist’s Quarter). The entrance for Vieux Carre is in the Hamm Building on 20 W 7th Place Mall, between St. Peter and Wabasha, St Paul, MN. 651-291-2715

January 7, Saturday 12-2pm
Daddy Squeeze with Elizabeth @ Como Dockside, St. Paul, MN
Come to Dockside at Como Pavilion for Louisiana Brunch with live acoustic music. Dan plays Louisiana grooves accompanied by Elizabeth on triangle and rubboard.  Dockside is on 1360 Lexington Pkwy N, St Paul. 651-666-9491

Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordion Orchestra returns to The Cedar for their 12th annual winter concert on Saturday, January 14th!

Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordion Orchestra will perform live on TPT’s Almanac show (Channel 2) which airs on Friday, January 6 from 7-8pm.

For more information on any of Dan’s music visit:

Thank you for supporting live music!

2016 Update! California in August, Pacific NW in October, new CDs!

Here’s what’s going on with Daddy Squeeze!
I’m pleased to announce that on Sunday, August 21 I will be appearing at the Cotati Accordion Festival. I have a 2:00 show, and a part in the festival finale at 5:30. While I’m in California I’ll also be appearing at the 5th St Farms House Concert series in Berkeley. Check the calendar page of my web site for ticket info.
I’ll also be heading to the Pacific Northwest in October. I’ll be appearing at house concerts in Portland, OR Oct 7, Carnation WA Oct 8, and Kingston WA Oct 9. I am happy to be hosting a workshop the afternoon of the 8th at the Petosa Accordion store in Seattle, and performing for their monthly meeting on Monday evening the 10th. Again, details are available on my calendar page.

Big news for Cafe Accordion Orchestra, we have our new album CAO 10 now available. We’ll be having a release concert at the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept 29. Tickets for that show are available at The cd is available on cdbaby, iTunes, and all the usual outlets as well as

I also expect to have another new recording available by October. Bayou Grooves is a compilation of my favorite Cajun and Zydeco-influenced recordings I made between the late 1990s and early 2000s. Check back for updates, but at this moment it’s still in the manufacturing stage.

Daddy Squeeze In Buffalo, NY

While on the way east to play some dates with Cafe Accordion Orchestra, Daddy Squeeze will make 2 solo appearances in Buffalo, NY! Monday, July 13 from 5-8pm  at Hot Mama’s Canteen, and  Tuesday, July 14 from noon to 1pm at Daily Planet Coffee. You can find direct links to both these locations on my calendar page.

CAO heads east in July!

Tell your friends in these areas to come see us!
Wednesday, July 15 @ 1:30pm  – Bolton Landing, NY
Thursday, July 16 @ 7pm  – Narragansett, RI
Friday, July 17 @ 8pm  – Framingham, MA

Daddy Squeeze’s 2015 Eastern Tour, April 15-24

I’m happy to announce the dates for my solo venture to the east! Well, solo, but accompanied by Elizabeth Rowan on percussion from time to time. All the details and contact info can be found by clicking on the specific date on my calendar page, but here’s a list of where I will be appearing. Alert your accordion-loving friends and family in these areas!

Wed Apr 15, 7-8pm Fitzgerald’s Side Bar, Berwyn IL

Thu Apr 16, 7pm House Concert Cincinnati OH

Fri Apr 17, 7pm Neid’s Hotel, Pittsburgh PA  w/Slim Forsythe & other guests

Sat Apr 18, 7pm House Concert, Frederick MD

Sun Apr 19, 4pm Washington Metropolitan Accordion Club Meeting, Fall Church VA

Wed Apr 22 7pm Private event, Sykesville MD

Thu Apr 23 7pm Hell’s Bottom, Takoma Pk MD w/Cooking with Gas, concert and blues jam

Fri Apr 24 8pm Hot Sauce House Concerts, Poolesville MD

West Coast Domination Tour IV

All the dates are set for my 4th West Coast Domination Tour! They are all on the calendar page at, with links to tickets and venue info. But for your convenience, here, all in one place, is a list of the shows on this year’s tour. Hope to see you at one of them, and tell your friends in the area!

Jan 23 8pm concert at Beatnik Studios, Sacramento CA

Jan 24 7:30pm House Concert at 5th Street Farm , Berkeley CA

Jan 25 Noon-3 French Trad Session  at 5th Street Farm, Berkeley CA

Jan 27 7pm  House Concert, Chico CA

Jan 28 7:30pm concert at Bohemian Art Loft, Redding CA

Jan 29 7-9pm Concert at Anderson Valley Grange, Philo CA

Jan 30 8pm House Concert, Arcata CA

Jan 31 7-10pm Loring Cafe, Oakland CA

Winter 2014-15Newsletter


Cafe Accordion Orchestra’s Annual Concert
Saturday, January 10, 2015 CAO will make their annual appearance at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. This year the band will present CINEMA, a show featuring music from movies, film clips, cartoons, and live music to a silent short. Our guest is long-time CAO collaborator Diane Jarvi. The last 3 Cedar concerts sold out, and seating is very limited for this special show, so order your tickets now at
Accordion-O-Rama 2015
Saturday, January 17 is another annual concert, the ACCORDION-O-RAMA at the Crossings in Zumbrota, MN. This year’s line-up of squeezebox stars includes Patrick Harison, Denny Malmberg and Daddy Squeeze. This show also sells out every year, in spite of the nasty winter weather that can be found in Minnesota. Order your tickets at
West Coast Domination Tour 2015
After a year off I’ll be returning to Northern California for the 4th Domination Tour. The tour begins Jan 23 in Sacramento, and continues the 24th in Berkeley, 27th in Chico, and the 30th in Arcata. At this time it looks likely there will be a show on the 28th in Redding. These are all house concerts, so go to my web calendar and click on an individual date for reservations and contact info. I’m still trying to find one or two more venues within a few hours of the Bay Area for the 25th and 26th. If you have any ideas, please send them to me at, and tell your accordion-loving friends in the area that I’ll be there in January!

Daddy Squeeze Heads East in April 2015
The 2014 Head East tour was so successful that it’s happening again in 2015! I’ll be in Cincinnati April 16, Pittsburgh the 17th, Harrisburg PA the 18th, at the monthly meeting of the Greater Washington (DC) Accordion Club on Sunday the 19th. Still looking for something near Philadelphia for the 20th and 21st, then heading to Sykesville, MD the 22nd, and the Hot Sauce House Concert series in Poolesville MD April 24th. You’ll be able to find contact info for reservations at
And, I would love to hear from anyone who would consider hosting a house concert in the area on April 23rd!
Cafe Accordion Orchestra in New York and Rhode Island
On July 16th and 17th 2015, CAO will be appearing in Lake George, NY, and at the Towers in Narragansett RI. We’re hoping to find nearby venues for July 18 and 19, so again, if you know of an appropriate concert series or dance event for Cafe Accordion Orchestra. I’ll take all the leads I can get! Send your ideas to me at

Late Summer Edition….MN State Fair and more.

2014 Minnesota State Fair
The Minnesota State Fair marks the beginning of the end of summer for the Gopher state. I have the pleasure of performing with 3 different groups at this year’s great Minnesota get-together. The Rockin’ Pinecones will play on the brand-new West End Market stage on Aug 21-22, sets at 2,3 and 4pm. Cafe Accordion Orchestra returns to Carousel Park as part of the MN History Center’s Big Wow Family Variety Show. That takes place from 1-2:30 on Sunday, Aug 31, History Day at the fair. On Monday Sept 1, Daddy Squeeze will appear with 2 crazy-genius guitar gurus, Pat Donohue and Dean Magraw. They’ll be jamming in the Labor Union tent from 11am til 1pm.
For all the free stage entertainment at the MN State Fair, visit

Wisconsin Weekend Tour in October
Dan and CAO band-mate Robert Bell will embark on a mini-tour of Wisconsin Oct 25-27. Performances include a concert sponsored by the Sons of Norway in Mt Horeb, a house concert in Oregon, WI, and an appearance for the monthly meeting of the Milwaukee Accordion Club. The tour concludes with a mad dash back to the Twin Cities where Dan and Robert will be joined by the rest of CAO for their weekly appearance at the Loring Pasta Bar. All the info for tickets can be found on the calendar page:

CAO presents Cinema
Cafe Accordion Orchestra is thrilled to announce 2 performances of Cinema, the band’s tribute to music in the movies. The show includes film clips, cartoons, live music for silent film, and favorite songs from movies ranging from Marx Brothers to Quentin Tarantino. You can enjoy Cinema on Saturday, Nov 1 at the State Theatre in Zumbrota, MN (sponsored by the Crossings Art Center) for ticket info visit:
Or you can enjoy the show on Saturday, Jan 10 at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.

Feb 2014 Update

Cafe Accordion Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary Season Continues

CAO celebrated the start of their 20th season with a sold out concert and well-attended dance t the Cedar Cultural Center Jan 11 and 12. The Saturday concert featured appearances from all of the band’s current and former members, and tunes from all 9 of the band’s CDs. Sunday’s dance was great fun for the band and dancers. Highlights from both events can be viewed on the band’s youtube channel:

More special events are coming that highlight the band’s 20 years together, stay updated by visiting

Cafe Accordion Orchestra on A Prairie Home Companion

The members of CAO are thrilled to appear  on  A Prairie Home Companion on Saturday, March 15. The live performance will be broadcast from the Fitzgerald Theater in St Paul. Consult your favorite public radio source for broadcast times in your area or visit

Daddy Squeeze “Heads East” Tour dates announced!

Dan will be on a solo tour to the east coast this April. The tour starts April 16 at Fitzgerald’s Sidebar in Berwyn IL. There are house concerts scheduled in Louisville, KY Apr 17,  and Bethesda MD Apr 19. Dan will appear with Seth Kibel Apr 22 at An Die Musik in Baltimore, then it’s on to Ithaca, NY to sit in with Djug Django at Lot 10 on Apr 23, and a house concert in Ithaca Apr 24.  It’s the first time in all these venues, so we’re hoping you’ll come out and hear Daddy Squeeze live and in person! Or if you know of an accordion fan in any of these areas please pass the info on to them. You will find ticket and contact info for each venue at

Cafe Accordion Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary Show!

Hi Friends and Fans,
We have two special events to tell you about!
Saturday, January 11, 2014 is CAO’s annual concert at the fabulous Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis.
This year Dan Newton’s Cafe Accordion Orchestra celebrates 20 years together and the concert will feature guest appearances by all the former and current members of the band, including Brian Barnes, Diane Jarvi and Gordy Abel. Also on board is clarinetist Tony Balluff, who appeared on CAO’s most recent CD, la Zingara. There will be raffles and give-aways including items donated from our sponsors for the concert. Dunn Bros Coffee is providing the French Roast, there will be gift certificates for the Loring Pasta Bar (the band’s regular Tuesday night hang-out), and bottles of French wine, plus temporary tattoos, vintage promo photos and more!
CAO will be performing tunes from each of our 9 CDs, and we want to know what some of your favorites are. Please visit the band’s facebook page and let us know what tunes you would like to hear!
The last two CAO shows at the Cedar sold out, and we are expecting a great crowd again this year, which means there will be precious little room for dancing. So this year we’re happy to announce that on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 at 3pm, the day after the concert, we’ll push back all the concert seats and play a dance at the same location.
Tickets for both events are on sale now by going to
Order yours now, we hope to see you there!

The Details:

8pm Saturday, January 11, 2014
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Advance: $18.00
Day of show: $20. 00
3-6pm Sunday, Jan 12, 2014
Tickets  $12/$15door
Cedar Cultural Center
416 Cedar Ave, Mpls
Call now for tickets! 612-338-2674