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I.P.A. Polka Music Hall of Fame
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Flashback Friday, 1986: IPA Polka Hall of Famer Frankie Yankovic and parody legend Weird Al Yankovic. Same last name, no relation. Frankie Yankovic was inducted into the IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame in 1969. ... See MoreSee Less
Sports and work and music always mixed in the Lofgren home. Nils first picked up the accordion when he was five and trained on it for nearly a decade. He learned guitar in his teens, and in 1968, as a high school senior, he formed the band Grin. One night, Lofgren snuck backstage after a Neil Young show to meet the star. Somehow he convinced Young to let him play a few notes on guitar. Young saw promise in the kid and later invited Lofgren to California to live in his rental home. In 1970, Young asked Lofgren to play piano on the band’s new record, After the Gold Rush. One of Lofgren’s most noticeable influences is in the song “Southern Man,” where he plays the piano with a bit of an accordion artist’s touch, giving the keys portion a polka hop. ... See MoreSee Less
The much-maligned accordion is not just making a comeback, it’s arrived and it’s bigger and more popular than ever. Even the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame got onboard some years back when it inducted Krist Novoselic, accordion player for Nirvana.
Accordion-centric acts, such as Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire and The Lumineers, win Grammys and top the charts. Older bands, including Flogging Molly, They Might be Giants and Neutral Milk Hotel, now enjoy cult status.
When I was young, many kids took accordion lessons on monstrously heavy instruments that fast-talking salesmen had pitched to parents. Most of the kids hated it, although you never bothered them because they’d developed such big muscles from lugging those behemoths around.
The most popular accordion players on TV were Lawrence Welk and Myron Floren, who would never be confused with John Lennon or Paul McCartney. Floren, incidentally, once told me that the accordion saved his life, claiming that his weak heart muscles had been strengthened by playing the accordion.
It was at this year’s Zabawa Polish festival that it dawned on me what a magical instrument the accordion is. A 20-pound accordion can produce so many sounds, which are all pleasing to the ear, and they can drive the rhythm of the band. ... See MoreSee Less
FLORIDA — The Orange County Arts Council will honor Florida, N.Y., musician Jimmy Sturr at its awards dinner from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 17, at the Motorcyclepedia Museum, 250 Lake St., Newburgh.The winner of 18 Grammy Awards, Sturr is the highest Grammy-winning polka artist in history. A trump...