Check out last years event in this recap video!
PolkaFest Band Schedule
NO PETS are allowed inside PNG park
Gate Opening Times
Friday, June 2nd - 4 PM ($5 Donation)
Saturday, June 3rd - 12:30 PM ($5 Donation)
Sunday, June 4th - 11 AM (FREE)
Event Emcee - Special Guest Frank Powaski!
Friday, June 2nd
5 PM - 6 PM: Johnstown Button Box
6 PM - 7 PM: John Stevens Polka Band
7 PM - 8 PM: Polka Family Band
8 PM - 9 PM: John Stevens Polka Band
9 PM - 10 PM: Polka Family Band
Saturday, June 3rd
1:30 PM - 3 PM: Rosie and the Jammers
3 PM - 4 PM: The Garrett Tatano Band
4 PM - 5 PM: The KOSMIX Band
5 PM - 6 PM: The Garrett Tatano Band
6 PM - 7 PM: The KOSMIX Band
7 PM - 8 PM: Don Wojtila Band with Special Guests The Wojtila Brothers Joe, Michael, and Dan
8 PM - 9 PM: Polka Family Band
9 PM - 10 PM: Don Wojtila Band with Special Guests The Wojtila Brothers Joe, Michael, and Dan
10 PM - 11 PM: Polka Family Band
Sunday, June 4th
12 PM - 1 PM: Polka Mass by Father Crookston w/ Don Wojtila Band
1 PM - 2 PM: Don Wojtila Band with Special Guests The Wojtila Brothers Joe, Michael, and Dan
2 PM - 3 PM: The Boys
3 PM - 4 PM: Don Wojtila Band with Special Guests The Wojtila Brothers Joe, Michael, and Dan
4 PM - 5 PM: The Boys
*SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Emcee Frank Powaski
Polka DJ, Frank Powaski, is our emcee for the 25th anniversary of 1st Summit Bank Johnstown PolkaFest! Frank began his career promoting polkas in 1968 and has been providing some of the best Polish, Slovenian, and Eastern-style polka music to his listeners. He also hits the road during the summer months, doing live broadcasts of his radio show at local festivals. Frank's motto for his weekly program is “Put that hop in your step”, and he’s sure to bring this energy to this year’s event!
Meet the Bands!
Johnstown Button Box
The Johnstown Button Box Club was organized in 1981 by a group of area musicians who shared a deep love for the Button Box as an ethnic musical Instrument. Under the leadership of musical director Bob Sedei and Charter and then Club president Joe McCloskey, the club has grown immensely popular in the Johnstown area. Joe and Bob are still playing with the Club 42 years later. Since then, the Club has appeared at various picnics, festivals, and social events throughout the area.
John Stevens Polka Band
John Stevens Polka Band was formed in January 1995. The young and energetic band released their first cassette "Doubleshot Preview" in March 1995. Then in 1996, the band released their first full recording "Come On Let's Dance" on cassette & compact disc. This recording opened many doors for the band. In September 1997 releasing their 2nd recording "Everyone's Having Fun". This recording got the ball rolling once again for the band. The band currently has 18 CD releases.
Polka Family Band
A PolkaFest favorite! The Band was originally formed in 1970 under the name “Los Taconazos,” but they were only playing Mexican-style music. In 1979, the band switched over to Polka music and also changed their name to “Polka Family Band.” They have performed at Carnegie Hall, received four Grammy Award Nominations and have appeared on several television programs. This band is a high-energy, high-speed group with an insane amount of talent and polka expertise. They'll have you up out of your seat dancing to the "Pennsylvania Hills Polka" and many more of your favorites.
Rosie and the Jammers
When it comes to putting a tune to your dancing steps there's no better choice than Rosie and The Jammers. This upbeat five-piece act has been a staple at local events and festivals for twenty-five years and is known just as much for their great showmanship as they are for their talent and are always a crowd favorite.
The Garrett Tatano Band
The Garrett Tatano Band is a young, high-energy group that specializes in Cleveland-style (Slovenian) polka music. Their drive and enthusiasm creates an environment that is sure to have the crowd on their feet and dancing all night long! Their style pays tribute to the legends that paved the way for polka music while adding their own spin, making them a must-see group. If you're looking for polka entertainment, look no further. The Garrett Tatano Band offers polka music for today and tomorrow - guaranteeing the future of polka music!
The KOSMIX Band
The KOSMIX is a band that is made up of a group of amazing young musicians along with International Polka Association Hall of Famer, Randy Koslosky. If this band doesn’t bring a smile to your face, we’ll need to check you for a pulse… The Band Members are: Sandra Koslosky (22) – vocals, fiddle, guitar. Victoria Koslosky (17) – vocals, fiddle, ukulele. Emily Olszewski (20) – vocals, fiddle. Becca Olszewski (18) – vocals, sax. Matthew Olszewski (17) – trumpet. Phillip Olszewski (15) – vocals, trumpet. Stush Stetar (15) – drums. Randy Koslosky (young at heart – calendar age not disclosed) – vocals, accordion/bass.
Don Wojtila Band with Special Guests The Wojtila Brothers Joe, Michael, and Dan
Don Wojtila Band has been recognized as one of Cleveland’s top polka and variety bands performing in Las Vegas, Branson, New York City, and on cruise ships. Formed in 1980 under the leadership of accordionist Don Wojtila, the band has recorded Goodtime Polkas, Country House Polka, and Polkas on Broadway. This year, to celebrate 25 years of PolkaFest, Don is bringing along his brothers Joe, Michael, and Dan. It's sure to be a performance you won't want to miss!
Founded in 1980, they played their signature style of polka music for over a decade. By the time the group disbanded in 1990, The Boys had recorded five albums, received regional and national honors including the United States Polka Association's 1989 Favorite Band and 1989 Favorite Album awards, appeared in a major motion picture, and established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the polka industry. In 2010, Polka Hall of Famers Mike Matousek and Frank Liszka reunited with former bandmates Al Puwalski and Jeff Yash to bring back The Boys. With the addition of polka veterans Mike Evan and David Morris, The Boys re-established their presence in contemporary polka music.