Here is a look at the entertainment lined up for the Polka Stage at the 2012 Twin Cities Polish Festival.
|2:30-3:15||Dance lessons with Fred Bielke|
|4:00-4:50||Craig Ebel & DyVersaCo|
|5:00-5:30||Benji’s Polka Pak|
|5:30-6:15||Dance contest with music by Benji’s Polka Pak|
Craig Ebel & DyVersaCo
(6:30 break with awards announcements)
|7:15-8:00||Benji’s Polka Pak|
|8:00-8:50||Craig Ebel & DyVersaCo|
|9:00-10:00||Benji’s Polka Pak|
|1:00-1:45||Dance Lessons w/ Fred Bielke (no band)|
|4:20||MN State Dance Contest Finalists Demonstration (LiveWire)|
|6:00||Festival End Time|
Doctor Kielbasa long to establish a reputation for performing good, fun polka music and dances. Now that the group has 14 years under their belts and a solid track record, it’s fair to say they have made their mark on polka music in Minnesota and the upper Midwest region. website
Craig Ebel & DyVersaCo
Craig Ebel plays concertina with DyVersaCo and is the band’s leader. Craig is also the host of “It’s Polka Time!” a syndicated radio show heard across the United States and over the Internet. His knowledge of the music makes him the perfect person to front the band. The musicians who make up DyVersaCo have quite the experience of performing in not only different types of music, but also in different styles of polka music. Polka music is just that – polka music!! Whether you listen to it on the radio or regularly go polka dancing, promote the music proudly and encourage others to do the same. website
Jolly Zuks Polka Band
The Jolly Zuks have been entertaining people for the last 30 yrs. A fun energetic band that brings life to any party. Not just your average polka band, They play a variety of styles of music, from a Little bit of Country, Fifties, Jitter bugs, Two steps and more. website
LIVEwire is a Polish Push Style Polka band with a twist of good time Rock ‘N’ Roll and Country. LIVEwire is a five piece band. LIVEwire started out strictly as a polka band but thru the years, evolved it’s genre to include polka’s, waltzes, obereks, oldies, country and rock. From the chicken dance to Johnny Cash, from Elvis to Skinnard, LIVEwire has something up its sleeve that’s just your style. You can find out more about LIVEwire as well as listen to cuts off their latest CD by going to their web site.
Kid Polka is a new polka band that features several exciting fresh young talented musicians. The core of the band includes 13 year old Stanley Koslosky on fiddle, saxophone and bass, and 15 year old Alex Quinnell on drums. These young performers bring a youthful energy and excitement to the stage with their musical virtuosity performing a variety of both traditional and contemporary polka music. The remainder of the band consists of more seasoned musicians, but the show is all about the youth.
Benji’s Polka Pak
You can find out more information about Polka Pak by visiting their Facebook page.