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Accordionist Denny Kremblas plays | Jason Jurewicz records

Mama’s got a squeeze box
She wears on her chest
And when Daddy comes home
He never gets no rest

‘Cause she’s playing all night
And the music’s all right
Mama’s got a squeeze box
Daddy never sleeps at night

As you are most likely aware, that’s The Who’s song about someone’s mother playing the accordion, also known as a “squeezebox.” The accordion might not be as prevalent as it used to be, back in the day when there were tight-knit Polish neighborhoods on Buffalo’s East Side, but if you know where to look, and who to look for, you can still find a handful of players around town.

While videographer Jason Jurewicz isn’t an accordionist himself, he’s got “accordion blood” running through his veins, as he is in possession of his father’s squeezebox, which serves as a memory of his upbringing. That could be one of the reasons that Jurewicz has naturally gravitated to the sounds, and the personality, of locally acclaimed accordionist Denny Kremblas.

Together, the two have shot upwards of a dozen videos, during their spare time. “We were trying to figure out what to do when the world shut down,” explains Jurewicz. “Denny is also a fantastic shooter, so we’ve had a lot of fun putting these videos together. For this particular video, we decided to use the Metro Rail. The entire production took us three hours – from making the decision, to getting to the site, to figuring out the multiple passes, and then getting home before the kids woke up from their nap. This was a one take music video.”

Jurewicz says that while client work comes first, and fun comes second, he’s happy to be able to work with Kremblas whenever he gets a chance. “Denny has been gaining quite the following for his Squeeze & Thanks brand. Locally, people are taking notice – when we go places, people recognize him because they like his music, and the videos.”

Check out the Squeeze & Thanks YouTube Channel.

Visit the Squeeze & Thanks website.

Learn more about Jason Jurewicz


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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