Standing in the midst of the Paseo Arts Festival with his accordion in hand, Timothy Granger was getting compliments and tips Saturday.
The 14-year-old Oklahoma City boy plays polka — a brand of music he never expected to like on an instrument he never expected to make him any money.
“I never thought about polka,” Granger said. “I was a country music fan, but I don't get very much country on the accordion. I don't know how it would sound.”
The annual festival, which continues through Monday in the historic Paseo Arts District, features more than 80 visual artists and dozens of live music acts.
Granger said the Paseo is the perfect place for him to get some live music experience.
“This is my second year to play the festival,” he said. “It was just on a whim at first. I just started playing and it was a big success.”
He only knew three songs last year — “Dark Eyes,” “Four Green Fields” and “The Anniversary Song” — but he has built up his repertoire so polka fans can stay and listen longer.