The 18th Annual Las Vegas International Accordion Convention

October 23 - October 26, 2017

Fees and Registering
Hotel Info
2017 Stars
Youth Scholarship
In Memory
Previous Years
 In Memory     September 22, 2017  
Tony Lovello

Anthony Tony Lovello

December 17, 1932 – September 03, 2017

Tony Lovello performed no less than 6 times at the Las Vegas International Accordion Convention and in 2004 received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his great contribution to accordion music and performance.

Tony could do bellow shakes effortlessly and with great passion. He was noted as the Master of the Bellows Shake! He was a consummate showman and had a magnificent career playing with “The Three Suns”, and such stars as Eddie Cantor, Debbie Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante and many others. He was a Korean War Veteran and spent his time entertaining the troops. In later years, he managed the Campbell House Inn for 31 years. He continued performing and teaching throughout his life. He taught students all over the world via Skype.

We will miss Tony, his infectious smile, keen sense of humor and signature sound. We extend our sincere condolences to his wife Jo Ellen and family. Thank you Tony for gracing our stage – you leave us with a great legacy. Heaven has to be a happier place with Tony!

Dick Contino

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!

Convention Artists Who Have Passed Away

In Loving Memory

To those whose character and personality have touched our hearts and whose music have made this world a better place. We will forever remember:

Myron Floren

Myron Floren

November 5, 1919 – July 23, 2005

Art Van Damme

Art Van Damme

April 9, 1920 – February 15, 2010

Frank Marocco

Frank Marocco

January 2, 1931 – March 3, 2012

Sylvia Marie Barber

June 8, 1938 – April 23, 2012


Carl Fortina

May 2, 1929 – January 30, 2014

Don Lipovac

April 3, 1935 – April 26, 2014



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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