Polka Hall of Fame Music Awards Show Moves to Downtown Cleveland Marriott Ballroom;
Musicians Denny Bucar and Don Lipovac to Be Inducted, November 29
For the first time, the Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show will be staged in the Grand
Ballroom of the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Cleveland, Ohio, on Public Square, Saturday,
November 29, 2014. The gala Awards Show will be the high point of the three-day Thanksgiving
Polka Party Weekend hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and
Museum, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 27, 28 and 29, at the Marriott.
Two long-time polka musicians will be inducted at the Awards Show, Cleveland musician
and radio host Denny Bucar and the late accordionist and bandleader Don Lipovac of
Kansas City. Both were voted in for their lifetime achievements by the membership
and board of the Polka Hall of Fame and announced at a preview meeting on October
9. They will be honored at the stage event on November 29, along with six individuals
to be added to the Trustee Honor Roll. Winners will also be announced in nine categories,
including Polka Band of the Year, Polka Musician of the Year, and Polka Album of
Denny Bucar is a leading bass player on the Cleveland-Style Polka scene who has performed
with the greatest names in the business. He has hosted a polka radio since the 1970s
and is a founder of the Polka Hall of Fame. Don Lipovac was America's champion accordion
player in 1958 and went on to lead the best-known polka orchestra in the Kansas City
area. He wrote and arranged more than 500 songs and taught two generations of accordion
and tamburitza students.
Six achievers will be added to the Trustees Honor Roll: three saxophonists, Clevelanders
Tommy Grahek and Jerry Jasinski and Ted Lysiak of Barberton, Ohio; and three deceased
musicians, Sheila Salvato of Ashtabula, Ohio, a polka musician with Down's Syndrome;
Cleveland accordionist and instructor Bill Sneller; and Pittsburgh bandleader and
accordionist Tony Trontel.
Two All-Time Polka Hits were voted in by the membership. "Iron Mike" was popularized
in the 1970s by Clevelander Johnny Pecon and adapted from a Slovenian folk song.
"El Rio Drive," was written in 1979 by Wisconsin bandleader Verne Meisner with a
The curtain rises on the 27th Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show at 2:00 p.m., Saturday
afternoon, November 29, in the Marriott Grand Ballroom, 127 Public Square in Cleveland.
This year's theme, "Down at the Friendly Tavern," salutes the cafes, halls and ballrooms
that featured polka music. Entertainers include Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek,
Alex Meixner of Florida, TV's Chardon Polka Band, and the Button Box Divas. The All-Star
Polka Big Band is under the direction of Tom Mroczka with WINT's Ray Somich as host.
Enjoy dancing all three days with top Cleveland-Style and Slovenian polka bands and
performers from Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, New York, Wisconsin, Minnesota and
Canada. Performers include the 2013 Polka Band of the Year, the Frank Stanger orchestra,
plus Walter Ostanek, Nashville's Joey Miskulin of Riders in the Sky, and Mike Schneider.
Music is Thursday from 3:00 to midnight; Friday from 1:00 p.m. to midnight; and all
Saturday evening after the 6:00 p.m. Polka Mass.
Dance admission Thursday and Friday is $15 per person and $10 on Saturday, including
free indoor parking. 18 and under free. Awards Show tickets are $20 each. Save with
a Saturday Polka Pass - the Awards Show and the Saturday dance are only $25 per person.
For dance and show tickets, call the Polka Hall of Fame, (216) 261-FAME, toll-free
(866) 66-POLKA, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reserve rooms at the Downtown Marriott Hotel through Kollander Travel at a special
rate of $105 per room-night, including free parking, (216) 692-1000, toll-free (800)
800-5981, or email@example.com. The Horseshoe Casino, shopping, and restaurants are
on and around Public Square.
Raddell's Sausage Shop and Frank Azman Meat Market Earn Titles at Polka Hall of Fame
Frank Azman of Cleveland's Azman and Sons Meat Market accepted the Best of Fest Jury
Award and Raddell's Sausage Shop, from the city's Collinwood neighborhood, scored
as the People's Choice at the 11th Slovenian Sausage Festival on Wednesday, September
10, 2014, hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum. Click
here for more information
New polka CDs now on sale in the Gift Shop
Bob Kravos & Walter Ostanek - We Are Back
Bob Kravos & Frank Zitko - Carrying On Old Family Traditions
Zupanchick Brothers - Button Box Spectacular
Frank Svet - Don't Svet It -
Chardon Polka Band - This Is Oktoberfest
Frank Keil & Hank Haller - Polkas With Frank & Hank
Fred Ziwich - 60th Birthday Recording
Glasbena Matica Singers - Golden Voices, 1 & 2
Chairman Emeritus and long time radio host Tony Petkovsek was inducted into the Lake
County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.
Polka and Slovenian T-Shirts
Show your spirit with a T-Shirt or sweatshort featuring a polka or Slovenian theme.
Choose from different colors, designs and slogans. Available in the Gift Shop.
Thanksgiving Polka Weekend
Three days of polka fun
Thursday, Friday, Saturday November 27, 28, 29, 2014