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The International Polka Association’s Polka Music Hall of Fame Pioneer Award is selected by the Board of Trustees. This year's inductee is ED KUTAS, SR.
Ed Kutas, Sr. was a well-known and important promoter of polka music in Buffalo and western New York. Ed was the owner and operator of the historic Warsaw Inn on Broadway in the heart of the Polish East Side. Ed had a vision for a polka convention in Buffalo over 50 years ago, when in 1963 he urged his friend Johnny Hyzny from Chicago, Illinois to bring his organization, The International Polka Convention (the largest polka association at that time), to Buffalo.
This organization, which existed before the creation of the IPA, was the largest polka association at the time. Through the work and effort on the part of Ed Kutas, the first convention was held in Buffalo in 1965 and was unbelievably successful with over 8,000 people attending.
This was the proof that a national-scale event and organization was possible and needed in order to support and promote polka music. This led to the creation of the International Polka Association five years later.
Ed's legacy is witnessed in the continued support of polka music throughout his family's promotions via their Polish Villa establishment, a well-known centerpiece in the Buffalo polka community.
Ed’s family will accept his Pioneer Award at the International Polka Association Polka Music Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet on Saturday, September 2, at the Millennium Hotel in Buffalo (Cheektowaga), New York. ... See MoreSee Less
It is with much sadness to announce the passing of Henry "Henny" Jasiewicz, leader of Henny & The Versa J's. Henny was inducted into the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame in 2011. May he rest in peace. ... See MoreSee Less
Henry David Jasiewicz, 71, of McKeesport, died Tuesday April 25, 2017 at home after a courageous battle with brain cancer. He fought until the end. He was a 1963 graduate of McKeesport High School. He was born May 22, 1945 in McKeesport and was the son of the late Henry