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.
“I can play lots of stuff,” he said.
Down the way from where Granger was set up, Jan Brieschke was showing off a piece of her art to several admirers.
Brieschke, who lives in Bartlesville, has been an artist for nearly 40 years but only recently got into glass painting.
She said she got the inspiration the last time she was at Paseo, nearly five years ago.
“There was a lady that wanted a backsplash that way and I made a few samples and got hooked on it,” she said. “I got the idea here and then I learned it on my own, through sweat and blood.”
Brieschke said she likes to use contrasting colors when painting to really make the glass stand out.
“I look for movement and I love color,” she said. “I like darks and lights because I think it gives it more power.”