The 18th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

October 23 - October 26, 2017

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Dick Contino

We are sad to report the passing of accordion great Dick Contino. Dick has been a great supporter of the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention over the years, and he has been a great performer and entertainer over several decades.

Dick Contino - January 17, 1930 – April 19, 2017

It was with great sadness that I received a phone call from a close family friend yesterday regarding the passing of a great friend and accordion legend, Dick Contino.  Our hearts go out to Dick’s family and loved ones, including his wife Judy, his daughters Mary and Deidra and his son Peter. 

Dick Contino was a pioneer long before the Backstreet Boys, Michael Jackson, and the Beatles or even before Elvis Presley.  It all happened on the otherwise calm night of December 7, 1946.  Dick gyrated around while his fingers flew performing "Lady of Spain," and overnight, a squealing brigade of bobbysoxers realized that the accordion was cool and that Dick Contino was even cooler.   Soon Dick had over 500 fan clubs nationwide and his career went on to spread over seven decades.

Thank you Dick for being a friend – I will forever miss your kind voice and warm positive attitude every time we spoke.  Everyone at the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention, where Dick appeared and performed no less than 12 times since 2001, will certainly miss and will forever remember Mr. Entertainment.  No doubt Dick is now joining the angels in heaven showing them how to smile, sing and play the happiest instrument ever!


We are looking forward to the 18th Annual Convention coming up on October 23, 2017. In the coming months, we will be updating the site with information about the events, classes and performers. Check back often!

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Key Benefits of Attending the Convention

  • Join the fun and make new friends from all over the World.
  • See the latest in new accordions with factory exhibits.
  • Hotel accommodations are very inexpensive.
  • Be inspired by some of the finest.
  • Learn from the masters.

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