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The 2014 PACE AWARD WINNERS ARE:
Best Czech CD - Red Ravins  “PLAYIN’ OLD CLASSICS”
Best Slovenian CD - Steve Meisner  “MEISNER TIME”
 Best Polish CD - John Gora “BUTTERFLY’
 Best Variety CD - Mollie B “CHRISTMAS SPECIAL POLKA PARTY’
Best Re-release CD - Ray Henry  ‘BALLROOM POLKAS”
Best German CD - Fred Ziwich  “LET’S GET FESTIVE”
 And Best Original Song - John Gora  “BUTTERFLY”

 

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Now, a story from Mollie Busta Lange from Spring 2003 to lift up your spirits about polka in the younger generations:



Hello POLKA Friends!

I just had to write and tell you something that might make you smile. As many of you know, I teach music both privately and in a school. At the school, I started 3 choirs (a swing choir, a show choir, and a women's choir). I've been wanting to share polka music with the kids since I took the position in the school 22 months ago. I now have. One of my students saw me dancing around in my room back in November (It was going to be a 15 hour day in school so I had to turn my music on and dance to keep me going). She thought it was awesome, so I asked her if she would like to learn... and maybe the whole show choir (8th-10th graders). When I danced the polka for them (to a great polka CD), they were very excited to learn how. And now, the whole show choir knows how and will be performing a polka at the next concert. Just now, I walked past the white board and saw written on the board: "I love polka!!!" "So do I!" "we all do " Isn't that great?? They honestly can't wait to have our next rehearsal. They're hooked -- I love it!

They have performed the polka twice at school, even received a standing ovation. After our first performance, I had to order T-shirts for kids (boys and girls) of all ages at our school that said “Peace, Love, and Polka” and “Polka – the dance of the new generation.” The show choir members now have shirts that say “Ms. Busta’s Polka Dancers.” And Gus Guzevich from “Polka Family” sent us “I Love Polka” stickers. The stickers are now in lockers, on instrument cases, on bumpers, on walls. These kids really are enjoying it. We have a bus trip lined up to go to the Minnesota State Fair to watch “Polka Family” on Labor Day. The show choir may even get to dance to them.

SMILE – our music is being passed on to the younger generation!
..................Mollie Busta Lange

 
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I don't know much yet about the groups featured in the next video which I linked from youtube:

According to the video the groups are: LADIES: Oberkrainer Polka Madells and GENTLEMEN: Murtal Express

I THINK THE VIDEO AND MUSIC ARE INCREDIBLE - If someone can get me in touch with these groups from Europe I would appreciate it as they certainly are among the best - I have watched the video now maybe 20 times in a row.

Wo Musik Erklingt:

Check it out- Amazing 6 yr old polka drummer!

I want to thank John Ziobrowski for forwarding this video over to me.

I watched it and was blown away. A 6 year old drummer in a polka band. And a real good one too - just wait till this kid is 10. Buddy Rich and Jean Krupa watch out.

Not only is he extrmely talented but he is having a great time and it shows.

The band is Craig Ebel and Dyversaco. You can find out more about this band at their bestpolkabands page DyVersaCo .

Karen and Gary POLKA DANCING STARS

THE LATEST NEW CDs: Now Shipping

Black Forest Band cd - Servus, Gruezi und Hallo

Black Forest Band cd - Servus, Gruezi und Hallo

2012 Pace Awards Winner - Best German Album

The New Direction Band cd - Follow Directions

The New Direction Band cd - Follow Directions

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Track Listing:
1.The New Direction Polka
2.Little Carol Polka
3.Polka Joy
4.It's Polka Time Somewhere Polka
5.Our Mary Waltz
6.I Go Crazy For You Polka
7.Hard Working Mary Polka
8.Zip Zip Polka
9.Lost My Shoes Polka
10.Only You Oberek
11.Our Breakup Polka
12.Sweetheart I'm In Love With You
13.Wilted Bush Polka
14.Nights Alone Polka
15.Tell Me Waltz
16.My Girlfriend Polka
17.New Caledonia Polka

Mollie B Polka Party CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2011 DVD + 2 cd set

Mollie B Polka Party CHRISTMAS SPECIAL 2011 DVD + 2 cd set

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This special package contains 1 DVD PLUS 2 Audio CD's of the Mollie B Christmas Special taped LIVE at RFD-TV The Theatre in Branson, MO. Features nearly 2 hours of Mollie B singing and playing your Christmas favorites with special guest performers Ted Lange, Fred Ziwich, Alex Meixner, Tuba Dan, Al Piatkowski, Rob Piatkowski, Kyle Mathis, Michael Morris, Deborah Bizon and Dawn Rosinski. This package contains 27 songs on CD PLUS the entire live stage show on DVD!

Alex Meixner cd - Three Ring Circus 2011

Alex Meixner cd - Three Ring Circus 2011

Alex Meixner is one of the busiest touring performers in the USA today. "Three Ring Circus" displays the current Alex Meixner Band, as well as a few guest artists (including Philadelphia singer/ songwriter- John Conahan and Orkerstar Junaci's Justin Greenwald) in their most dynamic and diverse recording date. From very traditional to all new- contemporary selections, this cd captures a wide range of polka sounds- mixed in with some expected and pleasantly unexpected pop, jazz, latin, country , world folk and other sounds that might defy description. If you've seen a recent show of The Alex Meixner Band you'll already know the good times about to explode through this music... If you haven't this cd is a great introduction!

Jimmy Sturr cd - Not Just Another Polka

Jimmy Sturr cd - Not Just Another Polka

Nominated for the 2012 Grammy Awards: Best Regional Roots Album

Track Listing:
1. Ob-La-Di Polka
2. Go Jimmy Go Polka
3. Just Another Polka
4. Orange Blossom Special Polka
5. Polish Prince
6. Wink Your Eye Polka
7. Cracker Barrel Oberek
8. Polka About A Girl
9. Happy Fiddles Polka
10. Memory Waltz
11. Girls From New Jersey
12. Cheese and Crackers Polka

Walt Procanyn cd - A World Of Music - 2011

Walt Procanyn cd - A World Of Music - 2011

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Tracks:
1.Let Me Play For You & Waltz In A Flat
2. Hi Society Polka
3. Riders In The Sky
4. Two O'Clock Jump
5. You'll Never Walk Alone
6. Good Times Polka
7.I Think You're Terrific Polka
8. Que Rico Mambo
9. El Rancho Grande
10. Sailor
11. Polka Face
12. I Want To Dance With You
13. I Betcha Do Polka
14. Paper Doll
15. I Know I'm Gonna Dance
16. Mr. Sax Polka
17. Always
18. You Made Me Love You
19. At Last
20. Mexacili Rose
21. Peanuts Polka
22. Theme: Let Me Play For You

Walt Procanyn Orchestra cd - Let's Dance 2010

Walt Procanyn Orchestra cd - Let's Dance 2010

  1. Let Me Play For You (Walt's Theme) 2:18
  2. Singing Sax Polka 2:48
  3. Night Train 2:24
  4. Put Something Back 2:31
  5. Cab Driver 3:40
  6. I'll Fly Away 2:52
  7. Mr Schneider's Polka 2:05
  8. Bring Back The Good Old Days 1:54
  9. Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White 2:52
  10. We Love To Polka 1:58
  11. Caliente 2:39
  12. The New Red Raven Polka 3:30
  13. Why Was I Born To Love You 3:39
  14. Jazz Bo Polka 3:41
  15. Columbus Blues Polka 2:19
  16. New York Rumble 4:23
  17. Let's Dance Polka 1:59
  18. At Last 2:59
  19. Now Hear This Polka 2:27
  20. Shanty Town 3:05
  21. In The Groove Polka 2:13
  22. I Want A Girl 3:04
  23. Let Me Play For You (Walt's Theme) 0:27

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Bud Hyrczyk - If You Only BELIEVE

Bud Hyrczyk - If You Only BELIEVE

Just Released - 2011

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Song List
1.If You Only Believe
2.Stepping Up Polka
3.Cascade Waltz
4.Polka Train
5.Evening on Lake Bled
6.Turnpike Polka
7.Slovenia
8.Hop Scotch Polka
9.I Was Wishing Waltz
10.Riding High Polka
11.Evening Snow Waltz
12.Happy Go Lucky Polka
13.The Butterfly
14.Echo Mountain Polka
15.Daydream Waltz
16.Take the High Road Polka
17.My Sweet Harmonika
18.Topper's Polka

The Boys Band - A New Day

The Boys Band - A New Day

shipping to US included on this cd

For most of the 1980s, The Boys made their mark on the polka industry as they toured the country performing their signature sound. The material they recorded on their albums, especially the hit recordings “Boys Nite Out” (1988) and “Boys Will Be Boys” (1989), is still enjoyed and requested by many of their fans even today. During the years after the group disbanded in 1990, The Boys could only get together occasionally to perform at special “reunion” events. In 2008 however, circumstances allowed the band to start performing again on a more regular basis. Now with all the key elements in place, The Boys, comprised of Mike Matousek, Al Puwalski, Frank Liszka, Jeff Yash, Mike Evan, and Dave Morris, are proud to announce the release of their first new recording in 22 years! Aptly entitled “A New Day,” their new CD features five new original tunes, some great cover tunes, and a few good old Polish-style melodies all performed in that familiar “Boys” style. The recording boasts 16 selections in all!

Jimmy Sturr - A Tribute to The Legends of Polka Music

Jimmy Sturr - A Tribute to The Legends of Polka Music

Jimmy Sturr's LATEST RELEASE - In his own words:

"Growing up in the small village of Florida, NY, with a population of 1500 people, about 85 % were Polish. They came from Poland to work on "black dirt" farms, where they raised onions. Our local high school dances were all played by Polka Bands, our local radio station played Polkas every day and of course we had our 3-day Polish Weddings. This is how I fell in love with Polka Music. I never had a favorite, I liked them all. They were my "Legends". I really believe without these pioneers there wouldn't be a Polka Field as it is today. Of course there are many other Legends in the Polka Field, these are just a few. I hope you enjoy this CD and hopefully it will bring back some great memories! - Jimmy Sturr."

Some of the legends Jimmy Sturr pays tribute to on this cd are Frank Wojnarowki, Gene Wisniewski, Ray Henry, The Connecticut Twins, Walt Solek, Larry Chesky, Al Soyka, Bernie Witkowski, Joe Ressetar, Joe Rock and of course Frankie Yankovic.

These are incredible versions of some of the greatest polka songs from these polka artists in the era of the late 40's to mid 60's.

Preview of the Jimmy Sturr PBS Special

Jimmy Sturr 2009 PBS Broadcast DVD - Polka Party

Jimmy Sturr 2009 PBS Broadcast DVD - Polka Party

If you are going to purchase only one polka DVD this year, this is the one to get. This is the actual show that was broadcast on most PBS stations in the spring of 2010, taped at Caesar's Windsor Casino in October 2009. Plus $4.50 s/h in US.

Jimmy Sturr 2009 PBS Broadcast Double CD

Jimmy Sturr 2009 PBS Broadcast Double CD

This is a double cd which contains all the songs contained in the Jimmy Sturr PBS special which was taped at the Colliseum at Caesar's Windsor Casino in October 2009 and shown on most PBS stations in the spring of 2010. No polka lover should be without this cd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! $2.50 s/h to the US.

Jimmy Sturr PBS Combo

Jimmy Sturr PBS Combo

Get both the DVD and CD of the Jimmy Sturr 2009 PBS Special taped in October 2009 at Caesar's Windsor Colliseum and aired on most PBS stations in the spring of 2010. Special price when you get both. $4.50 s/h to US for both.  

Jimmy Sturr and the Orange County Choppers

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JLO 2010 Reunion DVD and CD still available

DVD - Jan Lewan and His Orchestra "Reunion Concert" 2010

DVD - Jan Lewan and His Orchestra "Reunion Concert" 2010

Videotaped Live on October 24, 2010 at J.J. Ferrara Performing Arts Center, Hazleton, PA
Jan "Lewan" Lewandowski and his original 14-piece orchestra plus many more musicians, Special appearances from Ania Piwowarczyk , Stephen Kaminski – Music Director , Peter Danielczuk – MC and Amber Lewandowski.
This DVD has behind the scene footage and interviews with the Band Members, the total concert and more.

It is a 2 DVD set.

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Jan Lewan Reunion Concert CD

Jan Lewan Reunion Concert CD

Contains many of the tracks from the Reunion Concert DVD

Shipped by Lightning Videos - shipping included to USA

Fantastic T-Shirts For Sale

I'm Into Polka Music To Impress The Girls T-Shirt

I'm Into Polka Music To Impress The Girls T-Shirt

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Available in one-color, Black, as pictured - $5 shipping charge not included

I Love Polka T-Shirt

I Love Polka T-Shirt

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I "Heart" Polka - available in 3 colors: Pink, Green & Yellow - $5 shipping charge not included