2008 International Polka Association Festival and Convention
The 40th anniversary polka festival and convention will be held July 31-August 3 at the Double Tree Hotel in Independence, Ohio. as bands include:
|Old School, Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push,|
Stas Golonka & the Chicago Masters,
Downtown Sound, Hank Haller Ensemble,
Phocus with special guest "Scrubby,"
Eddie Blazonczyk's Versatones and Polka Family
The four polka personalities will be inducted into the International Polka Association's Polka Music Hall of Fame at the Awards Banquet on August 2.
• Michael Matousek (Millersville, Md.) - musician, bandleader, composer, IPA Director, involved in charity projects;
• Raymond "Ray Jay" Jarusinski (Port Vue, Pa.) - drummer, vocalist, bandleader, producer of recordings;
• William "Wesoly Bolek" Borek (Hollywood, Fla.) - bandleader, recording artist, DJ, promoter, tour guide (Deceased)
• Teresa Zapolska (New York) - musician, DJ and polka promoter
The International Polka Association was organized as: "An educational and charitable organization for the preservation, promulgation and advancement of polka music and; to promote, maintain and advance public interest in polka entertainment; to advance the mutual interests and encourage greater cooperation among its members who are engaged in polka entertainment; and to encourage and pursue the study of polka music, dancing and traditional folklore."