Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka

"Polka Heartland" captures the beat that pulses within the center of Midwestern culture--the polka--and bargains up the attention-grabbing heritage of the way "oompah-pah" got here to be the sound of heart the US. From the crowded dance tent at Pulaski Polka Days to an off-the-grid Mexican polka dance in small-town Wisconsin, "Polka Heartland" explores the folks, areas, and heritage at the back of the Midwest's favourite music.

From polka's fabulous foundation tale as a state-of-the-art eu fad to an exploration of the modern day polka scene, writer Rick March and photographer Dick Blau take readers on a pleased romp via this cherished, designated, and richly storied style. "Polka Heartland" describes the artists, venues, tools, and music-makers who've been pivotal to polka's acceptance around the Midwest and gives six full-color photograph galleries to immerse readers in modern vivid polka scene.

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INDEX web page numbers in italics check with illustrations. accordions American Polka version, 152 Baldoni, 32, 150–153, 151 button, 3–4, fifty two, fifty four, ninety one, 142, 143, a hundred and forty four, 146, 152–153 chromatic one hundred twenty bass, a hundred and forty four vs. concertinas, 54–55 in Croatian polka, 1 diatonic button, 143 and Finnish polka sort, fifty one invention of, forty seven keyboard, fifty five, one hundred forty four, 146 and Mexican polka type, fifty two postwar acceptance, forty two as prized via immigrants, forty seven, a hundred and forty four revenues and service, 150–153 faculties for, forty two scorning of by way of sophisticates, 178 as replacement for small ensemble, forty seven rainy tuning in, a hundred and forty four Adamczyk, Steve, 104 “Adventure in Dairyland” (Disney feature), forty two Alacranes Musical, fifty two Almeida, Santiago, fifty two alphorns, sixty nine, 70 Altenburg, artwork, 170–171, 173 Amerahn Ballroom (Kewaskum), eleven, 124, 126, 128–139 American Spelmans Trio, 49–50 American-Swedish Institute, 50 Anderson, Greg, fifty three Andresen, Bob, forty nine Ansambel bratov Avsenik, 142 Ard, Terry, 78–79 Armstrong Creek, Wisconsin, Poles in, one hundred and one viewers for polka decline of, seventy one, 76–77, 177–178, 182–183 net and, 183 and combining of ethnic types, 182–183 new instructions in polka and, 175–183 new new release of, 23, 171–173, a hundred seventy five, 176, 177, 178, 182–183 contemporary resurgence in, 178 Avsenik, Slavko, 142, 147 Avsenik Brothers Ensemble, 142 B. Duncan and Co. , 36 “Babičina radost,” 60, sixty one Badger Button field membership, 143 Bagstad, Tilford “Tip,” forty nine bajo sexto, fifty two Baldoni, Alfonso, 150–151, 152 Baldoni, Ivo, a hundred and fifty, 152, 153 Baldoni, Peggy, 152, 152–153 Baldoni Accordion corporation, one hundred fifty, 150–153, 152, 153 Band, Heinrich, 89 banda duranguense type, fifty two, 156–158 banda variety, 51–52, a hundred and fifty five “Barley Pop,” sixty six “Barnum’s child convey Polka,” 35 Barry Boyce Band, 132–133 Bashell, Louie, three, fifty three, 147, 147 Bass, Kenny, 1, 147 “Battery Wagner Polka-Mazurka,” 36, 36 Baumgartner’s Cheese shop and Tavern, sixty nine Baur, A. , 38 Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen, 69–70, seventy seven, 78–79, 80–81 beer and polka, sixty four ecu beer-brewing culture, 64–65 songs approximately beer, 65–67, sixty six “Beer Barrel Polka,” 23, sixty five, 146, 178 Beiderbecke, Bix, seventy six Bel-Aire files, 104, 108 Berg, Leighton “Skipper,” forty eight, forty nine Bernet, Martha, forty two Bevsek, Barbara, fifty three invoice Thull Orchestra, one hundred eighty “Bird Nest Polka,” seventy six Blahnik Harp Orchestra, fifty nine Blau, Dick, 7, 23, fifty seven Blazonczyk, Eddie, 2, three, 104, 104, one hundred and five, 106, 108 Blue Danube Orchestra, 2, three “Blumen Polka,” 38 Bohemian type polka, 57–63 bands, fifty seven, fifty eight, fifty nine, 60–62, sixty two at Český Den (Hillsboro), fifty seven, fifty eight, 62–63, sixty three complexity of preparations in, 59–60 improvement of, 60–62 and ethnic blending, fifty three impression on Pulaski musicians, 102–103 tools utilized in, forty eight beginning of brand, fifty nine at the radio, 2 songs in, 65–67, 69–70 Bollerud, Bruce, four, four, forty nine Brahms, Johannes, 25 brass bands, and origins of polka, 45–46, fifty one, fifty nine, 60 brass tools heritage of, 45–46, forty seven avid gamers of, nine, 24, eighty, 86–87, 149, 164–165, one hundred eighty Braun, Max, 37 Brewhouse Polka Kings, 175–176 Brian and the Mississippi Valley Dutchmen, 19, seventy six vivid, Roger, forty two, 42–43, 142, 147 Broadway indicates, polka in, 33 Brodersen, Jay, fifty three Brown Swiss livestock, 39 Brueggen, Brian and Gary, 75–76 “Brush Creek Laendler,” seventy six Brusky, Tom, 173, 181, 182 “Bud Song,” 23 Burkhalter, Rudy, 40–43, forty-one Busta, Molly, 183 button field golf equipment, 143, 143 Byron, Lord, 28 Cactus membership (Milwaukee), 178, 178 California, postwar midwestern migration to, 146–147 Carl Laack Orchestra, nine Castelfidardo, Italy, 150–153 Český Den [Czech Day] (Hillsboro), fifty seven, fifty eight, 62–63, sixty three Chaltry, Mike, 24 Cheese Days (Monroe), sixty nine, 70, 179 Chicago 1933 World’s reasonable, forty-one and banda duranguense song, 156–158 concertina brands in, 102 German migration to, 37, 38 Mexican polka in, fifty two new instructions of polka in, 178 Polish group in, 102, 104 polka bands, 50, fifty one radio stations, forty nine Slovenian immigration to, 142 Chicago push kind, 104 Chicago-style polka, impact of, 103–105 “The chook Polka,” 18 poultry scratch, 25 Chmielewski, Florian, 147 “Christmas Toy,” seventy six Civil battle musical merits for widows and orphans of, forty six, forty six and polka tune, 36, 36 Cleveland as middle of Slovenian the USA, 145–146 polka bands in, 23 as polka middle, 141, 147 Slovenian immigration to, 142, one hundred forty four Cleveland-style polka, 147 membership record Ballroom, seventy five Columbia files, forty seven, fifty one, 104, one hundred forty four Concertina Bar (Milwaukee), one hundred seventy, 170–173, 172, 181 Concertina Millie, 8–9, fifty four, 88–90, 88–91, 92–93, 94–95 concertina oompah, seventy four concertinas, forty four vs.

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