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Jetty Swart

Valentine’s Day is behind us but it’s not too late to take your main squeeze out for an evening of great music, with the accordion stylings of the Jet Black Pearl Trio on offer in Lincoln City this Sunday, Feb. 24.

Jetty Swart’s love affair with music started 25 years ago when she stumbled upon a fancy accordion in the back of a thrift store in Prague. She smuggled it back home and stared at it for a couple of weeks before she realized that now she had to learn how to play it, and write songs. And sing them. Since then, the Dutch-born Jetty has become the World Wild Accordion Diva, playing from the streets of New York to theaters and festivals in France.

It was in France that she met fellow performer The Amazing Bubble Man, and moved with him to Portland. She now sings in English, but has kept her distinctive accent and her faithful fancy accordion.

Performing as Jet Black Pearl Trio alongside Tom Goicoechea on drums and Bill Athens on bass, Jetty sings, raps and beat boxes about slugs in love, criminal gurus and hallucinating butterflies.

Jetty’s credits on this side of the Atlantic include the Accordion Noir Festival in Vancouver, BC; the Utah Arts Festival in Salt Lake City; and Accordions Around the World in New York City.

Sunday’s show will start at 7 pm in the auditorium of the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.

Tickets, $15 in advance, $17 at the door and $10 for kids, are available at www.lincolncityculturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.

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