Looking for something to do with your main squeeze this weekend?
Top players from across North America will gather in Fairmont Saturday for the first-ever West Virginia Accordion Concert.
Organizer and Fairmont accordionist Mike Takash said he's aware his instrument sometimes gets a bad rap.
Some people think of the accordion as a "nerdy" instrument. Some people just think it's loud and annoying.
But Takash, who has played the accordion since he was a little boy, said most people who turn up their noses at squeezebox music just haven't heard an accordion played the correct way.
"The whole thing in a nutshell is this: it's how you play it," he said. "If they don't know what they're doing, it sounds pretty bad. If you hear the accordion in the right way, it will get your attention."
He said the performers at this weekend's concert, which starts at 7 p.m. at the East Fairmont High School Auditorium, know how to make the instrument sing.
The concert will feature 10 accordionists from six states and one from Canada. That includes 14-year-old musician Hannah Jane from Nebraska, world champion accordion player Cory Pesaturo from Rhode Island, and five-time national champion William Cosby from Calgary, Alberta.
"We're trying to bring the accordion back. It's a dying art. It's going to be an awesome concert," Takash said. "I'm pretty sure we're going to pack the house out."