January Is National Polka Month!
January Is National Polka Month!
Help us celebrate with a Texas-sized polka party, and support the International Polka Association on Sat., Jan. 26, from 6-10 pm at Sefcik Hall in Seaton. The Praha Brothers will provide the music, and the evening will be emceed by IPA Hall of Famer Alfred Vrazel and Danny Zapletal of Czech & Then Some, who serves as a trustee on the IPA Hall of Fame board.
This will be the fourth year to have an IPA benefit dance sponsored by Texas Polka News. The first benefit was a Super Bowl party with Squeezebox held in Houston at Lodge 88 in 2016. The second
dance was held at the KJT Hall in Ennis in 2017 to celebrate the induction of Carl Finch of Brave Combo into the IPA Hall of Fame, and the 20th anniversary of Czech & Then Some. The third dance was held this past January and celebrated the Dujka Brothers IPA Music Award for their recording of Church Picnic Polka.
“We are excited to have this year’s dance at the historic Sefcik Hall with the Praha Brothers who are from the Temple area,” Danny Z said. “And you don’t want to miss our special guest performers Alice Sulak and Jerry Haisler.” Alice, singer and musician, is the owner of Sefcik Hall and used to be a part of the Jerry Haisler & Melody 5 band. (See TPN February 2018.)
Admission is $10, but only $5 for IPA members. If you join that day, you’ll get $5 back! Bid on items in the silent auction, and sign up or renew your subscription to the Texas Polka News to receive a free gift. “The last three parties have been so successful, we want to keep the tradition going,” Danny Z said.
IPA CELEBRATES 50TH YEAR
The IPA celebrated the 50th annual IPA Festival and Convention, held at the Millennium Hotel in Buffalo, NY on Labor Day Weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2018. The Festival included the Polka Music Hall of Fame and Music Awards Banquet.
The IPA organized as an educational and charitable organization for the preservation and advancement of polka music and; to promote, maintain, and advance public interest in polka entertainment; to advance the mutual interests and encourage greater cooperation among its members who are engaged in polka entertainment; and to encourage and pursue the study of polka music, dancing and traditional folklore.
The IPA presents many special awards each year to encourage the promotion of polka music. Through the efforts of the IPA, the month of January has been proclaimed as National Polka Music Month, and the IPA celebrates with an annual festival in Chicago. This year’s festival will be held Sat. and Sun., Jan. 19 and 20, featuring Full Circle Band honoring the music of Th e Tones on Friday, and eight top bands on Sunday – Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze, Gennie O and the Windy City Brass, The Tri- City Drive, Freeze Dried, The Music Company, D-Street Band, Jim Polaski’s Chicago NuTones, and the IPA Tribute Band.
The IPA is also responsible for the continued operation and growth of the Polka Music Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Chicago. You’ll find two Texans in the hall – Alfred Vrazel for his work as a polka radio DJ for 60 years, and Carl Finch of Brave Combo.
The museum provides a means for people to learn about the origins and development of polka music in all its styles and forms. It also provides a historical record of events and occurrences in the polka field. The institution also contains an unparalleled collection of artifacts, sheet music, recordings and memorabilia associated with polka music that not only provides an educational resource for the general public, but is also a research tool for scholars, the media, and historians.
The IPA reached its 50th anniversary goal of 1,000 members and has set a new goal of 1,100 members. A $15 annual membership allows the IPA to continue its polka mission.
“Join us on Jan. 26th to learn more about the IPA and celebrate our unique style of Texas polka,” Danny Z said. See ad, page 4.