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Cleveland Rocks. But it also swings, waltzes, polkas and lots more.

Cleveland Style Polka

Joe Valencic, Joe Novak and Bob Kravos explain the different kinds of accordions and styles of polka music. They favor the Cleveland Style or Slovenian style of Polka. Why? In the words of the great Frankie Yankovic, 'Just Because.'

More Polka from the Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid

When It's Polka Time in Cleveland

Fred Ziwich and his "International Sound Machine" has a new CD release out called "When It's Polka Time in Cleveland." (Now and Then). Some of the 23 songs were recorded in 2021 (Now) and others were recorder in the past.

If you don't know Fred Ziwich, here is a little about him from when the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010.

"Fred Ziwich is known as just about the most versatile musician ever on the Cleveland polka scene. He is a virtuoso on several instruments, a prolific recording artist, and an expert music arranger. His band, the "lnternational Sound Machine" has mastered, performed and recorded all of the major polka styles. Fred also plays a large repertoire of popular music. There is no music he can't play and perform well."

See more from Fred Ziwich's Lifetime Achievement Award bio.

The 23 songs cover a variety of Polka Styles. I especially liked the title cut, Achtung Los (Watch Out!), The Beer is Good (Die Goass is' Weg) and Oktoberfest is here.

Fred Ziwich CD cover

There's a unique arrangement of In Heaven There Is No Beer and Cleveland Girls Polka. Fred also does several covers that were a surprise such as The Accordion Man - Billy Joel's Piano Man with the words adjusted. Who would expect covers of "Can't Smile Without You", "The Way You Look Tonight" and the classic "Does your Chewing Gum lose its flavor (on the bedpost overnight)?

There are a lot of styles on this CD and a lot of music. Something for everyone.

You can get it when you see Fred perform live or at PolkaConnection.com and other websites. You can also email him at FredPolka@yahoo.com

Raisin' Canes Vaudeville Troupe
From the Parma Seniors Center

Chopin performed in the Polish Cultural Garden
Dr. David Dubal and prodigy Dongning Yang

Dr. David Dubal, Professor of Performance and Piano at Julliard

Dr. David Dubal, Professor of Performance and Piano at Julliard

Franz Liszt performed in the Hungarian Cultural Garden

Opera in the Cleveland Italian Cultural Garden
Rossini, Puccini, Verdi, Mascagni, Donizetti and more
Photos and videos of the performances

Dan Doty of Opera per Tutti (Opera for All)sings Puccini's Nessun Dorma at the Cleveland Italian Cultural Garden

Bruce Springsteen Exhibit Preview Party
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum - 03-31-09

America's Polka King
The real story of Frankie Yankovic and his music

Frankie Yankovic Square
Photos from the Dedication Ceremony

Cleveland Rock & Roll Memories
By Carlo Wolff

Polka Hall of Fame
Cleveland Style Polka - Frankie Yankovic and more

Music Reviews

Tony Bennett's Christmas CD
With the Count Basie Big Band

Harry Connick Jr.'s CD
What A Night - A Christmas Album

Neil Diamond's CD
Home Before Dark

Steve Winwood's Nine Lives
New album from the Traffic, Spencer Davis, Blind Faith vocalist

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