1st Summit Bank PolkaFest 2022

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Date: 
Friday, June 3, 2022 - 4:00pm to Sunday, June 5, 2022 - 5:00pm

Sponsors:

  

      

Venue Times:

Friday, June 3rd: 4 PM - 10 PM ($5 Admission)

Saturday, June 4th: 12:30 PM - 11 PM ($5 Admission)

Sunday, June 5th: 11 AM - 5 PM (FREE)

Band Schedule:

Friday, June 3

5:00 PM - 6 PM / Johnstown Button Box
6 PM - 7 PM / Don Wojtila Band
7 PM - 8 PM / The Boys Band
8 PM - 9 PM / Don Wojtila Band
9 PM - 10 PM / The Boys Band
 

Saturday, June 4

1:30 PM - 3 PM / Rosie and the Jammers     
3 PM - 4 PM / Don Wojtila Band
4 PM - 5 PM / The Boys Band
5 PM - 6 PM / Don Wojtila Band
6 PM - 7 PM / The Boys Band
7 PM - 8 PM / Seven
8 PM - 9 PM / John Stevens Polka Band
9 PM - 10 PM / Seven
10 PM - 11PM / John Stevens Polka Band
   

Sunday, June 5

12 PM - 1 PM / Polka Mass with Father Crookston and John Stevens Polka Band
1 PM- 2 PM / Buffalo Concertina All Stars
2 PM - 3 PM / Polka Family Band
3 PM-4 PM / Buffalo Concertina All Stars
4 PM-5 PM / Polka Family Band
 
Johnstown PolkaFest will return to Peoples Natural Gas Park, 90 Johns Street, downtown Johnstown, June 3-5, 2022. The 2022 festival marks a return to its usual three-day format following the two-day event in 2021. Peoples Natural Gas Park will continue be the host site of PolkaFest for the foreseeable future. 
 
PolkaFest was created in 1998 by “Polish Bill” Marano and his late wife Debbie, who pursued their dream of creating a world-class Polka festival in Johnstown.  The Maranos’ knew that Johnstown’s ethnic heritage would make it the perfect setting for the festival.  The Maranos’ partnered with the former Johnstown Business District Coalition to coordinate the festival in 1998 and 1999, which was held in multiple locations throughout downtown Johnstown.  
 
Visit Johnstown, in coordination with the Maranos, assumed the operation and promotion of the festival in 2000.  In 2001 the evening dances were moved to the Masonic Temple on Valley Pike, which Rager says was a perfect dancing venue with its large sprung wooden dance floor.  The Masonic Temple remained the festival’s home until 2006 when the festival moved to Cambria City and was staged at multiple locations.  In 2008, St. Mary’s became title sponsor and primary host site. PolkaFest features the country’s best bands, as well as local and regional favorites. The lineup regularly consists of bands and musicians who have been nominated for or who have won Grammy Awards.  Johnstown’s PolkaFest is one of only a few to combine Polish and Slovenian styles at one festival, alternating sets, a format that has proven to be successful over 23 years. PolkaFest has also featured other Polka styles including German, Country, and even Rock, and continues to attract a younger audience. 
 
PolkaFest’s daily admission is $5 Friday and Saturday, Sunday is Free. Minors accompanied by an adult are free.
 
PolkaFest is always the first weekend after Memorial Day. It attracts an estimated 10,000 people from multiple states and the region throughout the weekend, generating visitor spending throughout the community.
 
Sponsorship opportunities are available to area businesses and organizations. Contact Jayne Korenoski at 814-536-7993, ext. 102 for details, or email [email protected].  Visit Johnstown is also seeking ethnic food vendors and other vendors. Contact Nicole Waligora at 814-536-7993, ext. 104, or email [email protected]
 
 

Check out last years event in this recap video!:

NO PETS are allowed inside PNG park 

Meet the Bands!:

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.

The Boys Band

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.

Don Wojtila Band

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.
 

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. In 1997 the song "Everyone's Having Fun" was named number one tune of the year on the Jolly ST. Nick's Polka Revololution show was heard over WPHB 1260AM in Houtzdale, PA. In 2003 the band made the Top 20 list of "BEST NEW SONGS" from 247POLKAHEAVEN.COM at #17 with "GONNA HAVE A PARTY". The band has been on numerous Television shows including Pennsylvania Polka (WVIA TV), The Jolly Joe Timmer Show (RCN CABLE), Let's Polka (WSKG TV) & The Bethlehem Musikfest (Service Electric Cable). The band has also been on 2 Polka Cruises and currently has 18 cd releases.

Buffalo Concertina All Stars

Buffalo's premier honky band featuring a mix of original and traditional Polkas, Obereks, and Waltzes. This group will have you jumping from your seats and heading out to the dance floor!

SEVEN

A blend of four bands put into one. Tom Picciano, Andy Bojczuk, Brian Urbanczyk from The Knewz. Dennis Krupski, Ricky Krupski from The Krew Brothers. Eric Bakowski from Phocus and Dave Walters from The Brass Connection decided to join together to produce some happy snappy polka music.They are looking forward to performing for you!

Rosie and the Jammers

When it comes to putting a tune to the 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 (25) years and is known just as much for their great showmanship as their talent and is always a crowd favorite. Rosie and The Jammers has released three (3) CD’s which contain a great selection of the type of music we play. Rosie and The Jammers bring high energy and a tireless dedication to preserving our ethnic music heritage along with playing music ranging from the big band era and timeless favorites such as country, soft rock, ballads and fun songs. The members of our band are, Brian Anater (saxophone, clarinet & vocals), Eric Furfari (accordion & vocal), Brian Regala (saxophone, clarinet & some vocals), and Judy Gaeta, our MC and chief “character”.  Rosie Sida, Manager, (keyboard and button box).
 

The Johnstown Button Box

The Johnstown Are 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. The group's first appearance at the Unter Uns Club in Altoona, Pa. in the fall of 1981 led to the Club's formal organization shortley afterward. Under the leadership of musical director Bob Sedei and Charter and then Club president Joe MCloskey, the club has grown immensely popular in the Johnstown area. Joe and Bob are still playing with the Club 41 years later.  Since then, the Club has appeared at various picnics, festivals, and social events throughout the area.
 
 
Location: 
Peoples Natural Gas Park
90 Johns St.
Johnstown, PA 15901