** Smitty's Polka Band --since 1967-- is blazing Hohner accordions through Marshall half stacks, horns of every variety, pumping out danceable Polka and Oktoberfest Beer Drinking Music, with lead vocals in German, Polish and English.
Through a mix of fate and months of careful music business analysis, the Smitty's franchise was reborn in April 2014 at a chance meeting in a Midtown rehearsal studio. A mix of tuba, trumpet, accordion, electric guitar and drums sparked the ignition of what will one day be called the hottest polka machine to ever be assembled.
The resultant Polka Band are literally and figuratively taking the Polka genre BOLDLY into the 21st century, while continuing a tradition of fine beer music started almost 50 years ago in 1967 at Smitty's Tavern in Elgin, Illinois.
Now performing in the Greater NYC Metropolitan area, this Quintet picks up where their forefathers have left off...PROST!
OKTOBERFEST beer celebrations our specialty all year round.
** The group includes the current Gigmasters # 1 Accordion Player in the US, Papa Bavarian.
** Just last year the musicians in this polka band got their feet wet while performing at the Oktoberfests of Mercedes Benz USA, The Town of Franklin Lakes, NJ, and the Institute for Educational Achievement, amongst many other corporate and private affairs.
Make your Oktoberfest the memorable experience that it deserves! Book Smitty's Polka Band and continue in a tradition of the finest polka entertainment since 1967.
In and around NYC, the East Coast and available for WORLDWIDE travel!
** We're already booking into the 2014 Oktoberfest season and many of the mid-Sept through mid-October dates are in high demand, so book and reserve us early, it's never too early to plan your Oktoberfest Bash, make it complete with Smitty's Polka Band! **
Papa "Helmut" Bavarian (accordion (akkordeon), vocals, mandolins, synthesizers),
Dieter "Smitty" Costa (drums, clarinet),
Ben Backus (guitars, basses, drums),
Andy Warren (trumpet),
Evan Crane (tuba, sousaphone)