Accordion Players Step into the L.A. Spotlight

Get ready to unleash your inner Weird Al Yankovic and sign up for the Roland U.S. V-Accordion Festival!

This headbanging event will be held in Los Angeles (home to the Van Halen, Motley Crue, Ratt, and other well-known accordion-influenced bands) on Saturday, September 18. Aspiring accordion artists can submit application videos until July 15.

If that dusty old thing you found in Grandpa Hertzel’s attic isn’t cutting it anymore, you can pick up a snazzy new Roland V-Accordion. The company features 14 models, ranging in price from about $1,300 to $3,600. You can even rock a threatening instrument like the white-with-tribal-accents Fr-1b accordion pictured here.

Don’t forget, guitar virtuoso Steve Vai started his musical career as an accordion player. So add some waltz machines into your gadget arsenal.