FRITZ’S POLKA BAND AND FRITZ’S POLKA BAND NAMESAKE, FRITZ SCHERZ NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL AWARDS!Fritz's Polka Band (FPB) from Verona, NY, as well as FPB namesake, Fritz Scherz have been nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame (CSPHOF) in Euclid, OH. FPB has been nominated in the “Band of the Year” category. An FPB original tune, Fred’s Polka (the last song written by original member, the late Fred Scherz Sr.) is nominated in the “New, Original Song” category. Fred’s Polka can be listened to by clicking on this link: youtu.be/AJ0BjcururU. Meanwhile, FPB namesake, Fritz Scherz (accordionist/vocalist) has been nominated in the “Musician of the Year” and “Button-Box: Artist or Duo” categories. The winners will be announced during the CSPHOF Awards Show on Saturday, November 30th at the Cleveland (OH) Downtown Marriott Hotel as part of the annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend.
“The guys in my band look forward to performing on November 29 & 30 at the Thanksgiving Polka Weekend in Cleveland for the third year in a row as we always have a fabulous time there,” said Fritz Scherz, band leader of Fritz's Polka Band. “It’s a special honor to be nominated for multiple national awards again. To think we get to play twice that weekend AND attend the awards show as nominees is an awesome feeling! Many thanks to all the CSPHOF members who helped us get nominated! We encourage our friends to join the CSPHOF right away and vote for us!!!”
October 14, 2018 marked the 40th anniversary of Fritz's Polka Band (FPB)! FPB made history in 1999 by becoming the first polka band to play at a Woodstock Festival. FPB appears on "The Manchurian Candidate" DVD, released in 2004. FPB was inducted into the Syracuse Area Music Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2011, FPB had two songs ‘Grandparent’s Polka’ and ‘Here Is Fritz’s Polka Band’) included in two episodes of the TV show, ‘Breaking Bad’. In 2013, FPB released their 18th recording, a double live CD entitled, “The WSKG Sessions”. In August 2018, FPB and each band member were again nominated for national awards by the Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame.
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Please join us, Tuesday August 13th, 2019 at the the Buffalo Bison"s Polish American Night and share this SPECIAL night with me. vb
I am pleased, honored and humbled to announce and accept this year’s Buffalo Bison's Polish Community Leadership Award and to join past recipients who I have long admired and respected. - A very special thanks to the The Buffalo Bison’s and the selection committee for choosing me. I kindly ask you to PLEASE join Irena Woszczak and myself on this very special night, Tuesday, August the 13th, 2019 for the award presentation, and for an evening of Polish Festivities including the ball game between the Bison's and the Toledo Mud Hens. All hosted by the Buffalo Bison's, starting with a tent party and live Polka music with The Knewz at 5:00pm. Game at 7:05 followed by a fireworks show. Hope to see you there!! vb
Five names have been nominated for the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum. Nominations have also been released for annual awards in eleven categories. Polka Hall of Fame members have until Friday, September 6, 2019, to return their ballots.
The organization’s membership determined that these polka music achievers are to be considered for induction into the Polka Hall of Fame. Two will be chosen: Rudy Kershishnik, musician and vocalist Joe Kusar, accordionist and bandleader Al Meixner, accordionist and bandleader Anton Mervar, accordion manufacturer Joe Mlakar, accordionist and bandleader
The winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at the Polka Hall of Fame membership meeting and Awards Show Preview Party, Thursday, September 19, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the Euclid City Hall Council Chambers, 585 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio. Trustees Honor Roll recipients will also be revealed.
Annual award winners are announced at the gala Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show presentation on Saturday, November 30, 2:00 p.m., in the Grand Ballroom of the Downtown Marriott Hotel, 127 Public Square, in Cleveland, Ohio. The Awards Show is the high point of the three-day Polka Hall of Fame Thanksgiving Polka Weekend at the Marriott. This year's musical acts include TV’s Alex Meixner, Nashville’s LynnMarie and E3, and Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek.
The Awards Show is the featured event of the 56th annual Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend with three days of dancing, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 28, 29 and 30, 2019, at the Marriott. A list of all 2019 Polka Hall of Fame nominees is below.
Tickets are on sale for the Awards Show and the evening dances. Special reduced Marriott Hotel rates apply. For hotel information, call Kollander Travel, (216) 692-1000. For tickets, call (216) 261-FAME, toll-free (866) 66-POLKA, or write to polkashop @ aol.com. Check the Polka Hall of Fame website, www.polkafame.com.
New member applications for the purpose of voting MUST be received with payment at the Polka Hall of Fame before Friday, August 23, 2019, to allow for processing, mailing ballots, and return by the September 6 deadline (U.S. addresses only).
The Polka Hall of Fame and Museum was founded in 1987 by musicians and leaders of Slovenian and ethnic organizations. It is located at 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio, in the historic former Euclid City Hall. Hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 to 4:00. Admission is free. Polka recordings are available in the museum store.
Polka Hall of Fame 2019 Annual Awards Nominations
Band of the Year: Rob DeBlander Band Fritz’s Polka Band Klancnik and Friends Kordupel and Culkar Band
Recording of the Year: “Me to You,” Al Battistelli “Positively Polka,” Tom Brusky “Home,” LynnMarie and E3 “Having Fun with Polkas,” Kordupel and Culkar Band “Make Some Noise,” Alex Meixner
Musician of the Year: Anthony Culkar Joshua Kay Alex Meixner Brian O’Boyle Eddie Rodick III Fritz Scherz
Side Musicians of the Year (3 elected): Aaron Dussing Don Hunjadi RJ Likovic TJ Likovic Eddie Rodick III Garrett Tatano Frank Yasnowski Paul Yeager Joe Zdelar
Support & Promotion: Joe Godina Val Pawlowski Sharon Staiduhar Joe Valencic Pam & Jerry Zagar
Cultural & Heritage: Tony Klepec Slovenian Society Home, Euclid, OH SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, OH SNPJ Recreation Center, Enon Valley, PA United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania
Button Box: Artist or Duo: Patty Candela Joe Grkman Jr. Ron Likovic TJ Likovic Alex Meixner Fred Scherz
Button Box Group or Band: Button Box Divas Fairport Jammers Ron Likovic and Friends Magic Buttons Patty C and the Guys Western Pennsylvania SNPJ Button Box Club
Vocalist: Gary Byndas Murray McFadgen Kim Skovenski Dave Skrajner
New, Original Song: “Fred’s Polka” (Fritz Scherz) “Home” (LynnMarie Hrovat and Eddie Rodick III) “La Parisian” (Al Battistelli) “Rapid Fire Polka” (Mike Schneider) “Why Don’t You?” (Lyle Schaefer)
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