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Copper Box draws on True Wisconsin Roots - Door County Pulse

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When Judy Drew first heard about the band Copper Box in 2004, her mind couldn't help but pause when the words accordion and Pink Floyd came up in the same sentence.

As the executive director of Third Avenue Playhouse at the time, she was charged with building the theater's audience by bringing family friendly entertainment to its stage. That meant booking local or regional acts that would get the audience up and moving, and coming back for more.

Not having heard a lick of the band's music, she relied on the Copper Box-promoting theatergoer who showed up that day to describe their sound for her.

"I asked, 'What kind of music do they play?' and this person said, 'Well, I don't know. There's an accordion and a guitar and a saxophone and drums,'" Drew recalled. "And I thought, an accordion? And this person said, 'Yeah, but you've never really heard anybody play the accordion like this guy. Don't think traditional accordion music. Think Pink Floyd.'"

Intrigued, Drew took the chance, booking the red-hot powerhouse that is Copper Box for its first gig in Door County.

"They came, they did a concert, we drew a really good crowd that was so into it," Drew said. "They did in fact play 'Comfortably Numb,' brought the house down, but then they just played a mix of Zydeco, covers – one of the things that people still want to hear them play is 'Born on the Bayou,' but again, on the accordion. I was in love with them! I was just smitten."

Posted by Dan Jerabek on Monday, September 21, 2015