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Polish Night Brings Fritz’s Polka Band To Market

OSWEGO, NY – The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Oswego Farmers’ Market continues on June 24 from 4 – 8 p.m. on West First Street, between Bridge and Oneida streets.

This week will be Polish Night at the market.

Fritz’s Polka Band will provide the entertainment for Polish Night at Oswego Farmers’ Market. Band members include Fritz Scherz, accordion and vocals; Gabe Vaccaro, bass guitar, guitar and vocals; Tom Campbell, guitar and vocals; Frank Nelson, guitar and vocals; and Mike Faraino, drums.
Fritz’s Polka Band will provide the entertainment for Polish Night at Oswego Farmers’ Market. Band members include Fritz Scherz, accordion and vocals; Gabe Vaccaro, bass guitar, guitar and vocals; Tom Campbell, guitar and vocals; Frank Nelson, guitar and vocals; and Mike Faraino, drums.

The evening will feature tasty, homemade Polish delicacies from the ladies at St. Stephen’s Church and a special performance by one of Central New York’s most honored and unique musical acts, Fritz’s Polka Band.

The group was formed in 1978 by lead accordionist, the late Fred Scherz Sr., and his eight-year old son, Fritz, for whom the band was named.

Fritz’s Polka Band performs an eclectic mix of musical styles, including modern polka, country, fox-trot, waltz, and more.

It is not an oompa pa band or the stereotypical “polka” band.

In fact, Fritz’s Polka Band is known for breaking the stereotype regarding “polka” music, and is the first polka band to perform at a Woodstock Festival.

The band has made 17 recordings, which have achieved international airplay.

Individuals of the band, and the band itself, have received some prestigious honors.

As a group, Fritz’s Polka Band has performed on stage with “Canada’s Polka King,” Walter Ostanek (Grammy winner), “America’s Polka King,” the late Frank Yankovic (Grammy winner), LynnMarie Rink (Grammy nominee), and Glen Burtnik.

Individually, Fritz has performed on-stage with Steve Augeri (former lead singer of Journey).

The band even appears on “The Manchurian Candidate” DVD, from Paramount Pictures.

The Oswego Farmers’ Market is accepting electronic transactions such as credit, debit or food stamp cards.

The service will be available at the chamber’s market booth.

For more information, call Julie Stanka at 343-7681 or visit www.oswegofultonchamber.com