IPA Polka Picnic!!!!

SATURDAY August 16, 2014 Hammond Mohawks Picnic Grove 4040 Calumet Avenue, Hammond, IN 46320 Directly off of the Indiana Toll Road Exit 5, Calumet Avenue Only 30 minutes from Chicago Music by: Bill Gula and the Chicago Image Gates open at 2:00 pm ~ Music from 3-7 pm Admission: $10.00…

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Steve Litwin Receives the IPA’s Joe Jozwiak Award

Chicago – Steve Litwin, Polka Editor of the Polish American Journal, was announced as the winner of the Joe Jozwiak Achievement Award to be awarded by the International Polka Association (IPA) in 2014. The award presentation took place at the 2014 Polka Fireworks Festival , at Seven Springs Resort, during…

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Past IPA President, Kenneth Gill, Passes…

We regret to inform you that Kenneth Gill, a longtime member and pastpresident of the International Polka Association, passed away today, June29, 2014, at the age of 70.Visitation will be at the Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, 7812 N. MilwaukeeAve., Niles, Illinois, on Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 3-9 p.m.The funeral will…

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Who are your favorite polka bands?

Hey Polka Fans – The I.P.A. wants to hear from you! Help guide our band choices so we can bring the bands you want to hear to our events. Please go to the link below and answer a brief survey telling us your 10 favorite bands. Just click on the…

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Richie Tokarz, Hall of Fame Member, Passes Away at 65

Richie Tokarz Living Category – Inducted 2000 Uniquely, making his name as a sideman, Richie Tokarz is well known particularly in the Polish sector of polka music. Through the years he has demonstrated his talents playing the accordion, trumpet and singing with top polka bands. Also, his efforts as a…

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2013 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist – Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist – Mollie Busta Lange Favorite CD – “Save the Music” by Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push Favorite Song  ̶  “Rose Colored Glasses” by Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push Favorite Instrumental Group  ̶  Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men

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2012 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Mollie Busta Lange Favorite Instrumental Group: Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Album or CD: “Yesterday’s Songs” by the IPA Tribute Band Favorite Song: “For the Love of Music” by Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze

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2011 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Molly Busta Lange Favorite Instrumental Group:: Dennis Polisky & the Maestros’ Men Favorite Album or CD: “”A New Day” by The Boys Favorite Song:  “Years Ago” by The Knewz

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2010 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Stephanie Pietrzak Favorite Instrumental Group: Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Album or CD: “Get Up and Dance” by the Polka Country Musicians Favorite Song:  “Get Up and Dance” by the Polka Country Musicians

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2009 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Ania Piwowarczyk Favorite Instrumental Group: Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Album or CD: “Don’t Stop the Music” by Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Song:   “Don’t Stop the Music” by Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men

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2008 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Stephanie Pietrzak Favorite Instrumental Group: Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Album or CD: “4th Edition” by the Knewz Favorite Song: “Polka Memories” by Stephanie Pietrzak

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2007 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Stephanie Pietrzak Favorite Instrumental Group: Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Album or CD: “Bulletproof Polkas” by John Gora & Gorale Favorite Song: “Kiss of Fire” by John Gora & Gorale

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2006 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Lynn Marie Rink Favorite Instrumental Group: Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Album or CD: “Decade” by Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Song: “As Sweet As Candy” by Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push

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2005 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Stephanie Pietrzak Favorite Instrumental Group: Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Album or CD: “Under the Influence” by Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones Favorite Song: “Squeezebox” by Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones

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2004 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Eddie Biegaj Favorite Female Vocalist: Dee Dee Ogrodny Favorite Instrumental Group: Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Album or CD: “Come on Over” by Henny & the Versa J’s Favorite Song: “Do You Remember?” by Henny & the Versa J’s

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2003 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Lynn Marie Rink Favorite Instrumental Group: Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra Favorite Album or CD: “Past, Present, Forever” by the Ampol Aires Favorite Song: “Angelina” by Freeze Dried

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2002 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Eddie Blazonczyk, Jr. Favorite Female Vocalist: Lynn Marie Rink Favorite Instrumental Group: Dennis Polisky & the Maestro’s Men Favorite Album or CD: “My Father’s Shoes” by Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones Favorite Song: “I’m a Musician Polka” by Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones

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2001 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Dee Dee Ogrodny Favorite Instrumental Group: Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones Favorite Album or CD: “Live and Kickin’” by Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones Favorite Song: “Bride and Groom” by Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones

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2000 Polka Music Awards

Favorite Male Vocalist: Lenny Gomulka Favorite Female Vocalist: Lynn Marie Rink Favorite Band or Instrumental Group: Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push Favorite Album or CD: “Mi Lenny Um” by Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push Favorite Song: “Will There Be Sweethearts in Heaven” by Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push

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